Dear Fellow printers,
Well I have experienced my first nozzle clog with my new Epson R3800. Wow, I was suprised. I have used my printer for only a bit less than 4 weeks, and have printed nine 8x10, six 4x6, and one 16x20. I had my printer turned on from Friday till today(typically mine is turned off and I print on weekends) and did print some ea day. Wow. I noticed a nice tulip image printed with lines all over it, barely noticeable, from a scanned image. I printed also on a second type of paper, lines again very faint. I thought it was my scan. So I scanned it again, and printed it on third type of paper, and this time, boy, the lines were terrible, really unacceptable. SO I thought, I must have a clog. I then referred to the manual and ran the "auto" nozzle check and it printed its result, and then I printed a 2nd "print" from the nozzle check, and it looked clear. I have now printed another tulip print and this one is gorgeous, so I did have a clog. I checked my job ink usuage, and boy, it used 10.5 ml of total ink for that test and auto correction(print head cleaning). That's a lot of ink, and it was not the "power cleaning cycle". Gosh. Anyone have suggestions on how to avoid this? I was printing once a week, that is not enough??? Do I need to turn it on for a few minutes each day to let it run the print cartridges across the row and loosen up the inks??? Suggestions?
Well, at least I know what indicates a clogged nozzle which I have not encountered to date(lines on prints); perhaps this will help others new to pro printers,