Dry Ink Cartridge: Causes & Quick Fixes

It can be a pain when your inkjet printer has stopped printing even though the ink cartridge does not appear to be empty. It can be due to a dry ink cartridge. There are various reasons why ink cartridges dry up. Thankfully, there are some quick fixes you can try out before you find yourself throwing them away.

Irregular Use

Ink cartridges dry up quickly and can become clogged if you do not use your printers regularly. If you only use a certain color to print regularly, the other color cartridges can dry out over time too. To prevent that from happening, you can use the printer more often or perform regular clean-ups and ink tests to clear the nozzles. 

Expired Cartridges

It might come as a surprise, but every ink cartridge has an expiry date. Expired ink cartridges do not work well during printing and can cause various problems. The general rule of thumb is to not store ink cartridges for more than 12 months and to store them in cool, dry areas without direct sunlight. However, it is also important to take note of the expiration dates on the ink cartridges before purchasing them in stores

Printer Storage

In addition to storing ink cartridges properly, the placement of your printer is also important in ensuring that your ink cartridges do not dry up easily. Printers should not be stored in rooms that are subject to frequent temperature fluctuations or near items radiating heat. This could expedite the process of ink drying.

Refilling Cartridges Incorrectly

It is important to refill ink cartridges properly when doing so manually. When done incorrectly, air could be let into the cartridges, leading to clogging of the nozzle heads and fast drying of the ink. Opt for authentic and dependable manufacturers to reduce the risk of malfunctions.

Quick Fixes of Dry Ink Cartridge

  • Perform Printhead Cleaning

You can attempt to perform the printhead cleaning option either through your computer or printer’s settings. Some modern printers are equipped with automatic printhead cleaning functions, while some may require manual activation. You can find more information on how to use this function by referring to your user manual.

If the results are not optimal after the cleaning, you may need to repeat the process several times.

  • Soak the Cartridge

Remove the dry ink cartridges and soak them in a bowl of lukewarm water. It is recommended to go through this cleaning process in a bowl instead of a bathtub or a sink to prevent staining. You can also use a piece of cotton wool or cloth to wipe the dried ink at the nozzle entrance gently. If the nozzle entrance is still blocking the flow of ink, soak the cartridges for a couple more minutes before trying again. Ensure that the cartridges are completely dry before inserting them back into your printer.

If these methods fail to resuscitate your ink cartridge, it is highly recommended that you discard it and purchase a new one.

Ink Cartridges from OEM Connect

If you are planning to replace your ink cartridges, OEM Connect offers them at low, wholesale prices. We have a huge selection of authentic brand products to suit your printers, including HP, Apple, Xerox, Canon, and more. OEM Connect stores our ink cartridges in air-conditioned facilities, ensuring good quality, longer shelf-life, and less deterioration. You do not have to worry that your next ink cartridge could dry out as fast!

To find out more about our ink cartridges and other printer supplies, contact us or call us at 978-207-1055 today.

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