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3 Signs Of A Faulty Printer Ink Cartridge

2010-08-19

Despite the prevalence of online documents and communication services, many companies still live and die by the printed word. In order to run their operation most effectively, companies need to make sure that both internal and external documents not only look good, but can be produced reliably as quickly as possible. The more time a business spends printing documents or addressing equipment concerns, the less time they will have for actually conducting business. Even those companies with dedicated IT departments have more pressing concerns than the simple adjustment of printers, but if the printers do not function, nor can the business, and IT dollars are often spent this way. It can be difficult for companies to know where exactly their problem lies, and many purchase new printers or software with the hope of correcting their issues. There are times, however, when it is a faulty ink cartridge that is the culprit, not the printer or printer ink itself.

Typical inkjet printer ink cartridges use either a spray nozzle or piezoelectric crystals to force ink out of the cartridge and on to the page, and this is the first sign of a faulty ink cartridge. If pages come off the printer with little to no ink on them or with wide bands of no color chances are that the printer head is clogged in the cartridge. Change the cartridge to check - if the prints return to normal appearance, then the old cartridge is faulty and needs replacement. This can also happen in reverse - a faulty ink cartridge may suddenly start dispensing too much ink onto the page, making it difficult to read because of smears. This may result from a loss of ink cohesion or simply a flaw in the cartridge itself - either way, it should be discarded.

Another possibility is that a printer ink cartridge may become slightly deformed. This can often happen after it has been refilled multiple times, and begins to lose some of the rigidity of its original shape. If it no longer fits tightly into the receptacle on the printer, or if it rattles while printing is being done, it has more than likely suffered structural damage and must be replaced.

While printer ink cartridges are the most expensive part of printer systems, care must be taken to only use those that are functioning properly. Attempting to "get by" with a damaged cartridge will only lead to damage to the printer itself, or to multiple printers if the cartridge stays in use. Ultimately, this will end up costing the business more time and money than if the cartridge was simply dealt with when the issues arose.