How often is normal for cleaning printing heads?

  heronsbridgeA8 10:32 25 Apr 2006

Last november I bought Epson RX520. Worked fine for 3/4mths no problems. Then I had lines on some graphics, told to clean printer heads. This used a huge amount of ink as i had to do it 4 times before it printed correctly. i have had to do this at least 4 times in the last 2/3 mths, each time using a lot of ink. Is this normal? we use the printer a lot so it is different cartridges.

many thanks

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:33 25 Apr 2006

I have epson and cannon printers. Both are used infrequently and in 2 years I have never needed to clean their heads.


  Rich Pickings 10:36 25 Apr 2006

I have an Epson Stylus 810. I also have problems with head cleaning but I put it down to using compatible cartridges. The problems I get are still preferable to paying nearly £40 for genuine Epson cartridges.

  BRYNIT 11:00 25 Apr 2006

Do you have the printer near a radiator, this can dry the ink in the print head.

  heronsbridgeA8 12:06 25 Apr 2006

the printer is right above the radiator, maybe this is the problem!

  jack 14:28 25 Apr 2006

Obove the radiator - then it is sure to dry.

move to a cooler spot. also printing a colour page at least one a week to keep it sweet.

  woodchip 14:33 25 Apr 2006

Use the Printer at least once in two weeks if you want it to keep going

  woodchip 14:35 25 Apr 2006

Epson Clean the Heads without you doing anything other than switching it on. It will also do it if left on for some time

  woodchip 14:37 25 Apr 2006

PS Not many know, but if you change to compatible cartridges, you should use a cleaning cartridge before you put them in as Ink chemistry may not mix. And cause problems like ink blocks

  pj123 14:38 25 Apr 2006

Epson Technical Support person told me:

Never switch your printer off. You won't have to do cleans.

I have an Epson 895 and an Epson R200. I never switch them off and have never had to do a head clean on them since.

I do run a print test on both printers once a week just to keep them clean. Just a simple document in word that has text and a few colour squares and circles.

  pj123 14:45 25 Apr 2006

Rich Pickings, I have been using compatible ink cartridges from Choice Stationery for years and never had any problems.

woodchip, not heard of that before. I have always used compatible ink when the original cartridges have run out. Never used "cleaning cartridges" at all.

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