how to clean printer head hp

Quick Guide On How to Clean Printer Head HP

Cleaning the HP printheads can be done by three methods. They are: replacing the old printhead, self-cleaning process, and Clean Printer Head HP by following a guided procedure. Purchase a new printhead, compatible with your HP printer before replacing the old one.

Remove and Replace the Old Printhead with a New One

  1. Turn on the printer and unlock the cartridge access panel.
  2. Hold the ink cartridges and remove them from their slots.
  3. Lift the gray colored latch on the printhead assembly.
  4. Remove the old printhead and send it for recycling.
  5. Clean the electrical contacts inside the printer using wet wipes.
  6. Hold the new printhead with the color-coded icons facing up.
  7. Insert it into the empty slot and lower the latch.
  8. Insert the ink cartridges back and print an alignment page.
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How to Clean Printer Head HP Manually Or Using The Self-Clean Option

  • Gather the following items: Isopropyl alcohol, distilled water, dry wipes, lint-free cloth, white towels, and bowls. Keep your HP printer and the cleaning-kit on a flat surface.
  • Power on the printer and unlock the ink cartridge access door. Wait until the carriage moves to the center. Take both black and tricolor ink cartridges out of their slots.
  • Locate the printhead assembly. Elevate the gray-colored lever upwards and the printhead moves from its position. Hold the printhead on both sides and take it out without touching the electrical wiring.
  • Spread a white towel and place the printhead on it. Take a bowl and create a cleaning mixture that contains 50% distilled water and 50% Isopropyl alcohol in it.
  • Stir the mixture until the abrasive effect of the alcohol reduces. Take the printhead with the color-codes facing up and place it in the mixture until it completely dissolves.
  • Some HP printer models use cartridges with inbuilt printhead. In that case, place the cartridge in the mixture. Keep the setup aside and do not disturb it for five minutes.
  • The mixture removes the dried ink on the printhead. After five minutes, take the printhead out, wrap it in a lint-free cloth, and let it dry for few minutes.
  • Unwrap the printhead and remove the excess moisture using the dry wipes. Reinsert the printhead into the assembly and the cartridges into the designated slots. Close the cartridge access panel.
  • The next method is using Self-Cleaning option. On your Windows device, click Start > Control Panel > Devices and Printers|Hardware and Sound > Programs > Printers. Right-click the printer in which the printhead needs to be replaced.
  • Select Properties > Tools > Cleaning > Clean Heads|Clean Cartridges (Clean Printer Head HP). Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the printhead cleaning process. After completing, print an test page to check the printhead alignment.
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