Reference Guide


Maintenance and Transportation

Replacing Ink Cartridges

When the printer's Ink check light is flashing, this indicates that the ink is low and you need to obtain a replacement ink cartridge. When the Ink check light remains on, this indicates that there is no more ink and you need to replace the empty ink cartridge. The LCD panel also displays INK LOW or INK OUT.

Even if only one ink cartridge is empty, the printer cannot continue to print.

Epson recommends the use of genuine Epson ink cartridges. Other products not manufactured by Epson may cause damage to your printer not covered by Epson's warranties. For detailed information on ink cartridges, see Ink cartridges.

To check the product codes of ink cartridges, see Consumable Products.

To replace an ink cartridge, follow the steps below.

Leave the old ink cartridge installed in the printer until you are ready to replace it with a new one.

Make sure the printer is on. Find out which cartridge needs to be replaced, as indicated by the steady or flashing Ink check light and the target ink icon.

Open the ink compartment cover by pushing it.

Raise the ink levers to the released position.

Carefully pull the empty cartridge straight out of the printer.

If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets into your eyes, flush them immediately with water.

Do not shake cartridges (that have been installed previously) with too much force.

Make sure the replacement ink cartridge is the correct color, and remove it from the package. Shake the ink cartridge well before installing it for best results.

A protection system is provided to prevent improper cartridge insertion. If you cannot insert the ink cartridge smoothly, the type of cartridge may be incorrect. Check the package and product code.

Hold the ink cartridge with the arrow mark facing up and pointing to the rear of the printer, and then insert it into the slot. Do not force the cartridge in further by hand.

  • If the Ink check light remains on, this indicates the ink cartridge may not be installed correctly. Remove the ink cartridge and then reinsert it as described above.
  • If you install an ink cartridge in the wrong slot, the ink icon of the slot you used blinks on the LCD. Make sure that the correct ink cartridge is installed in the correct slot.

Lower the ink lever to the secured position.

Close the ink compartment cover. The printer returns to the previous status.


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