15 common photo printer problems and DIY solutions

15 common photo printer problems and DIY solutions

DIY photo printer prevention techniques

13 Dust
Keeping your printer dust-free is vital if you’re to avoid problems. Clean the visible surfaces with a lint-free cloth, and if your printer has a top cover that closes up the paper feed area when you’re finished, use it!

We’d also recommend brushing down your paper with a drafting brush (or a wide, non-abrasive paintbrush) prior to feeding.

Fine-art papers especially tend to attract dust, which can then accumulate on the print feed sensor and cause feeding problems. Plus, printing on dust isn’t a great idea, because once it falls off you’re left with a gaping white hole!

DIY photo printer prevention techniques: Nozzles

Set a timer to turn your printer on and off once every two or three days and you’ll never have nozzle problems again.

14 Nozzles
You can prevent ink in the nozzles from drying out by either running a nozzle check every two or three days, or switching your printer on and off, which performs a mini-cleaning cycle.

Timers for wall sockets are a great way to do the latter if you’re the forgetful type.

It’s still a good idea to run a nozzle check before making important prints, but doing the above could ensure that you don’t need to perform the ink-wasting cleaning cycles necessary if your nozzle check doesn’t come up trumps.

DIY photo printer prevention techniques: cartridges

Tapping new cartridges on a hard surface can prevent airlock issues.

15 Cartridges
Finally, avoid airlocks by storing your spare cartridges the right way up, and giving them a couple of taps on a hard surface to dislodge any air bubbles prior to installation.

Always try and replace an empty cartridge with a new one as soon as possible, because even a few minutes without a cartridge in place could encourage airlocks or cause the ink in the supply line to dry up.

PAGE 1: Common photo printer problems and DIY solutions
PAGE 2: Troubleshooting common photo printer problems
PAGE 3: Paper feed and alignment errors
PAGE 4: Nozzle and roller problems
PAGE 5: DIY photo printer prevention techniques

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