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I am getting a message saying "unable to clean." Want to

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I am getting a message saying "unable to clean." Want to print a 2 page 8.5 x 11 sheet. It has been very reliable with no problems for years, probably 6 or 7 years. Fantastic little machine.
JA: Just to clarify, what's the exact make and model of your machine?
Customer: MFC 5440CN Brothers.
JA: What kind of computer are you printing from (Mac or PC)? What Operating System (OS) are you running?
Customer: MAC
JA: How long has this been an issue? What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: I was getting a reading saying YELLOW ink was out. Put another in and I began getting the message unable to clean. Thus I could not print.
JA: Anything else you want the printer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: Have never had any trouble with the Brothers for 6 - 7 years.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Nathan replied 9 months ago.

Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this but I'll do my best to help you.

Expert:  Nathan replied 9 months ago.

Hello, can you tell me the complete message, there should be some numbers after the "unable clean", like 76

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
This my home landline. Thought it easier to use than my cell.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I don't see any numbers after unable to clean.
Expert:  Nathan replied 9 months ago.

I’ve attempted to accept your call request, but it appears to have failed on your end due to a payment issue. You may need to increase your deposit or clear a security hold on your account. I’ll resend a new phone offer from my end that may be more readily processed. If you prefer to continue here in chat, that is fine too. Just let me know either way.



Expert:  Nathan replied 9 months ago.

Hello, it appears your question is still open.

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