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What Happens When You Don't Change A Printer Ink Cartridge In Time

2010-03-04

What happens when you don't change your printer ink cartridges in time? You could find that your printer is out of ink when you need to print something or there could be splotches, smears, discoloration, or lines all over the documents you just printed. Your printer might not seem to be working at all. Before you find yourself in one of these situations, you will want to replace your printer ink. The problem can be solved with some simple, regular maintenance.

Let's look at the components first: An ink cartridge, also known as an inkjet cartridge, is a replaceable part of an inkjet printer that holds the ink that is applied to paper during printing. Every cartridge holds one or more separated ink reservoirs belonging to different colors. Some manufacturers include electronic chips that communicate with the printer as well. An inkjet printer is a printer that places extremely small droplets of ink onto paper to create an image. If you ever look at a piece of paper that has come out of an inkjet printer, you know that the ink dots are very small which can have different colors combined together to create photo-realistic results.

Clogged printer heads are a common problem with ink jet printers when you're printer ink cartridge isn't changed in time. This can cause splotches to appear on your printed documents or for the printer to not print at all. It's a good idea if you regularly check your print heads for problems like this. If there is a clog issue, it's obviously best to get it taken care of quickly. If you just ignore it, it will just get worse and could even ruin your machine. A printer head can become clogged if there are long periods between your printings. This is caused by the tiny holes that make up a printer head become encrusted with dried ink. Most new printers come with a built in cleaning system. Sometimes the interface of these printers allow the user to run some test prints or your printer may have come with a cleaning program that can help you with cleaning the print heads. Something like this could solve the clog problem, but not always. If this happens, it is definitely time to replace the ink cartridges.

The best solution is to just change the ink cartridges on time and to check them when ink levels become low. When your ink becomes low, you can switch that clogged cartridge with a fresh one and the problem will be solved. This is way more cost effective than going out and buying a new printer or taking the machine in for costly repairs.