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I have an Artisan 1430 and it goes thru the Print cycle, but…

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I have an Artisan...

I have an Artisan 1430 and it goes thru the Print cycle, but doesn't put any ink on the page.

Technician's Assistant: What's the make/model number of your printer? How old is it?

Printer Model: Epson Artisan 1430
Printer Serial #: NAMY010535

Technician's Assistant: What kind of computer are you printing from (Mac or PC)? What Operating System (OS) are you running?

MAC

Technician's Assistant: How long has this been an issue? What happened right before this popped up?

I haven't ever had any trouble with this printer. Purchase approx 2013.

Technician's Assistant: Anything else you want the Printer Expert to know before I connect you?

I'm using Mac OS Sierra 10.12.6. Never a problem before. Even was good when I was Beta Testing Mac OS High Sierra.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Printers
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Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 10 months ago
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Technician: Nathan, Engineer replied 10 months ago

These symptoms point to either a clogged/contaminated print head, or a faulty print head (or the logic board that controls it).

You can try going into the setup/maintenance menu in the printer utility and running the “clean print head” function repeatedly, up to 5 times total, testing after each.

If it still doesn’t print anything, you’ll need to do a manual cleaning as a next step.

I have to caution you up front though that the manual cleaning process is messy and time consuming. It also has a low chance of success, if you see no improvement at all from the automated cleaning. It is most likely a hardware failure (bad head) which the cleaning can’t fix, as printheads are a wear item and do fail with time/use.

Realistically, it’s probably time for a new printer. As this is a 2012 model printer, it is well past its 3 year service life, so this type of failure is not surprising. While it can be fixed, it is not worthwhile to do so. You would have to, at a minimum, replace the printhead, which costs about $250; if the logic board is bad you’re looking at $200-250. For $350 you can replace the entire machine with a brand new model, with current technology and a fresh warranty, which makes more sense than buying the new part for an older printer.

That said, it doesn’t hurt to try, if you wish. Let me know how the built in cleaning function works, and I’ll guide you through the manual steps next, or I can recommend replacement options if you prefer.

Best regards, ***** ***** for the news,

Nathan

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