I replaced an ink cartridge and my printer still shows that ink is expended. What should I do?
If you have just installed a new cartridge and you still see an ink related error, the cartridge may not be installed correctly.
Follow the steps below to make sure the cartridge is correctly installed.
We recommend that you use genuine Epson cartridges and do not refill them. The use of other products may affect your print quality and could result in printer damage.
- Make sure the printer is turned on.
- Lift up the scanner unit.
Do not move the print head by hand; otherwise, you may damage your product. Do not touch the flat white cable inside the printer.
- Press the stop button.
- If a cartridge is showing expended, the print head moves that cartridge to the indicator position. Press the stop button again to check for additional expended cartridges. When all cartridges have been identified, the print head moves to the replacement position.
Push down each ink cartridge until it clicks into place. (If a cartridge is properly seated already, you may not hear a click.)
When you installed the new cartridge, you should have removed the yellow tape from the bottom. If you know you removed it, skip to step 5. If you're not sure, you can pull out the cartridge to check. (Squeeze the tab on the cartridge and lift it straight up.) Remove the tape if necessary, then reinstall the cartridge, pressing it down firmly.
It's best not to remove a cartridge unless necessary. Note that if you remove a low or expended ink cartridge, you cannot reinstall and use that cartridge again.
If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets into your eyes, flush them immediately with water. Keep ink cartridges out of the reach of children.
Lower the scanner unit.
- Press the stop button. The print head moves to its home position and the printer starts charging the ink. This takes about 2 minutes. When the power light stops flashing and remains on, ink charging is finished.
Caution: Never turn off your Epson printer while ink is charging or you'll waste ink.
Published: September 21, 2011
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