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Sorry to hear you’re having trouble.
This message indicates a carriage fault. That can be caused by anything from debris/obstruction (paper jam, bent/damaged rails, out of place purge assembly/wiper, or dirty/dislocated encoder strip) to an actual hardware defect (bad sensor or control board, faulty carriage drive motor/gear/belt, bad printhead/carriage pcb).What we can try here are some cleaning and reset steps.First, open up the printer, and check for any internal debris such as scraps of paper, paperclip or staple, etc. Check if you’re able to move the carriage manually, or if it moves on its own when lifting the lid. If it does move, you can proceed with cleaning by blowing out the inside compartment with compressed air and checking carefully on both sides for any obstructions. Then wipe down the encoder strip, which is a clear plastic strip running the width of the printer, that sits just slightly above and behind the carriage.
Then reset the machine:unplug power at the wall outletwait 5 minutespress and hold the power/on button for 60+ secondskeep holding while plugging back in, and for another 60 seconds after, then release
Let me know the results, and I’ll advise further if needed.
Thank you for confirming.
Unfortunately, the persistence of the message at this point leaves only the possibility of a hardware failure (bad printhead, which is the secondary cause of this message).
How long have you had the printer for?
Thanks for confirming.
At this point nothing you do will be of benefit.
The epson printheads are not user replaceable, and any further attempts you make to resolve it will only cause further damage and/or void your warranty.
Really, the issue was probably caused by using the ciss system and the aftermarket inks (which, technically, void your warranty as well, so you'll want to remove it at this point).
You can file a warranty claim with epson to have it replaced at this point, or you can move on and buy a new printer on your own.
Fixing it, outside of warranty, is not feasible. You'd be paying twice as much to fix it as to buy a brand new one.
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They really won't even bother checking it to be honest. You call and give them that code and they will default to replacing it. They don't even go to the trouble of having it serviced because it costs them more in labor just to have it looked at than it does to give you a new one. So it doesn't hurt to try.
Yes, there are some ways you can attempt to manually clean it,
however the error code pertains to a printhead overheating, which is damage already done by a prior clog. Removing the clog isn't going to typically resolve anything.
That said, it doesn’t hurt to try, if you wish.
To try manually cleaning the print heads:
Open up the printer, and look for the "carriage" that goes back and forth (on metal rails) over the paper while printing. This is the printhead.
You'll remove the ink cartridges from the printer, then clean on the bottom of them (focus on the ink port/hole) as well as inside the printer where they mate up using qtips and rubbing alcohol.
Unfortunately your model does not have a removable printhead, so it will have to be cleaned in place. Fold up a piece of paper towel in quarters the long way, saturate the middle with alcohol, slide it under the print head, and pick up on the ends while moving up and down to clean it (think of drying your back with a towel).
When cleaning the port on the print head that the ink flows into from the cartridge, also try using a qtip to "pump" the liquid down into the port and force it through, which will help to dissolve any clogs. If possible, you'll get better results by using a syringe and appropriately sized rubber tubing (that will fit into the ink inlet port) to force the alcohol to flush through the head)
After all of this swab again with a few dry qtips or give a blast of compressed air to dry everything well, then put it all back together. You can now try to print, or run the automated print head cleaning function in the setup menu. You may have to run a few pages through before everything starts flowing properly again.
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