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How To / Replacing Ink Cartridges

Replacing an Empty Ink Cartridge

The Status Monitor 3 utility (for Windows), or the StatusMonitor utility (for Macintosh), lets you monitor the remaining ink levels from your computer and view on-screen instructions for replacing an empty or nearly empty ink cartridge.

When an ink cartridge is empty or nearly empty, click the How to button in the Status Monitor window to move the print head to the ink cartridge replacement position. Follow the on-screen instructions to replace the cartridge. (The sample below is from Windows.)

For details, see Using EPSON Status Monitor 3 for Windows, or Using EPSON StatusMonitor for Macintosh.

If you need to replace an ink cartridge before it is empty, see Replacing an Old or Damaged Ink Cartridge.

Please read the following information pertaining to ink cartridges and the print head before replacing the ink cartridges.

  • Keep ink cartridges out of reach of children. Do not allow children to drink from or otherwise handle the cartridges.
  • If ink gets on your hands, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. If ink gets into your eyes, flush them immediately with water. If discomfort or vision problems remain after a thorough flushing, see a doctor immediately.

  • 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.
  • Do not remove the used cartridge from the printer until you have obtained a replacement. Otherwise, the ink remaining in the print head nozzles may dry out.
  • You must remove the yellow tape seal from a cartridge before installing it; otherwise, the cartridge will become unusable.
  • Do not remove the blue portion of the tape seal from the top of the cartridge; otherwise, the print head may become clogged and unable to print.
  • Do not remove the tape seals from the bottom of the cartridge; otherwise, ink will leak.
  • Once you install the ink cartridges, do not open the ink cartridge clamps again until you replace the cartridges; otherwise, the cartridges may become unusable.
  • Do not move the print head by hand; otherwise, you may damage the printer.
  • When you remove an ink cartridge, be sure to install a new one; otherwise, you may damage the print head.

  • You cannot continue printing with one ink cartridge empty, even if the other cartridge still contains ink. Before printing, replace the empty cartridge.
  • In addition to the ink used during document printing, ink is consumed during print head cleaning, ink cartridge replacement, and the self-cleaning cycle which is performed when the printer is turned on.



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