Reactivating Out-of-Service Printer

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Re: Reactivating Out-of-Service Printer
In reply to Doug Haag, Nov 8, 2013

Doug Haag wrote:

I own an Epson R1800 that was last used about 18 months ago. We moved out of our old home and our furniture and other household goods went into a storage warehouse for 3 months while our new home was being completed. When we moved into the new home, I hooked up the R1800 in my office but have not yet used it because Costco prints have satisfied my requirements for the last few months.

I realize that the ink in the system may have solidified during such a long period of idleness. And that could be so serious as to have killed off my printer. (Oh well, it is probably "obsolete" in terms of current printer technology anyway.) I know that there is a built-in "clean print heads" function that would probably be part of any re-start process.

Any step-by-step hints about how I should proceed in an attempt to re-activate so that everything is done in the correct order?

You will only know after you install it and try to print a nozzle check.
If you get over 80% of your nozzles firing, you can do a cleaning cycle if you have enough inks left. Then recheck and see if you are improving. Dribble a few ml of Windex on top of the purge pad, Power off the printer and let it sit idle for a few hours. Power back on and recheck. You may need a second cleaning cycle and nozzle check. If it's good then that's it. If you are still missing a few nozzles, power it back off and just let it sit over night. Repeat the next day.

The R1800 and R800 have been know to be a fairly cloggy printer so I would not expect it to be perfect after only few cleanings.

There are some more advanced but somewhat more dangerous procedures, such directly injecting cleaning solution into the Carriage Ink stems. But I would be weary about doing that unless you can't clear off all the nozzles using the simpler methods.

Inkjetmall sells special adapter that allows you to inject Piezoflush cleaning solution directly through the ink stems an through the head itself. Though it is used to flush out ink before the printer is placed in storage! Maybe next time you do that, you can prep it with this process. It can also be used to treat a stubborn clog situation.



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