The Epson Stylus ink jet printer combines black, blue, yellow and magenta inks to create professional-looking letters and other business projects. If your Epson Stylus printer stops working, or if it only prints certain colors, the printer may have clogged ink cartridges. Ink cartridges can develop clogs when you don’t use the printer for a long time. Dried ink builds up within the cartridge nozzles, making it impossible for fresh ink to come through. Epson Stylus printers come with a utility that enables you to check for and clear clogged cartridges.
- Press and hold the cleaning button on the Epson Stylus printer. This button is typically located on the top or front of the printer, but its location depends on the model. After three seconds, the cartridge cleaning cycle will begin. Cleaning will take approximately two minutes.
- Repeat the cleaning cycle a second time when the first cycle finishes.
- Print a test page to check the ink quality. If the test page has no errors, such as faded ink, striping or missing colors, no further cleaning is necessary. If you see errors, continue the cleaning process.
- Click the Windows “Start” button, select “Control Panel” and choose “View devices and printers.” Double-click the Epson Stylus printer.
- Click “Nozzle Check.” Wait for the printer to test the ink cartridge nozzles. Click “Clean.”
- Click “Color,” “Black” or “Both” to clean the desired ink cartridge. This is a high-intensity cleaning process that removes more severe clogs.
- Repeat the nozzle check and cleaning until the test page prints correctly.