How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Nathan Your Own Question

Nathan
Nathan, Engineer
Category: Printers
Satisfied Customers: 20541
Experience:  Computer networking/repair. 20+ years experience printer repair
59725966
Type Your Printers Question Here...
Nathan is online now

My Epson 438Wis not printing despite having new ink fitted

Customer Question

My Epson 438Wis not printing despite having new ink fitted correctly and printer working working fine
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Freddy M. replied 1 year ago.
.
Hello my name is***** look forward to assisting and am very sorry to hear that you are having this problem.
I want to warn you that it is possible you will need to replace a part in order to fix this.
There are a few different things that can cause this and a couple different parts so we would need to troubleshoot to find out for sure.
What exactly is it doing when you try to print? For example no response, a blank page, an error etc.
.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

blank page

Expert:  Freddy M. replied 1 year ago.
.
Please print this page, do either the colour or black portions print?
If you make a copy from the scanner glass does that print?
.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

NO

Expert:  Freddy M. replied 1 year ago.
.
You replied within 30 seconds you could not have tested both of those, please test both and let me know exactly what happens. Even if you tested the copy function before that was not enough time to test this page. If you refuse to test them let me know so I can opt out.
.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

hAVE TESTED THEM BEFORE I GOT ON TO YOU

Expert:  Freddy M. replied 1 year ago.
.
How could you have tested printing this page before coming to this page? I am going to opt out as I just mentioned.
.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I tried them earlier because it wasn't printing from my computer

Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority.
Sorry to hear you’re having trouble.
Since you are getting blank pages, even on photocopies (not just prints) hese symptoms point to either a clogged/contaminated print head, or a faulty print head, or the logic board that controls it.
You can try going into the setup/maintenance menu on the machine and running the “clean print head” function, if it doesn’t work try it a second time. If it still doesn’t print anything, you’ll need to do a manual cleaning.
I have to caution you up front though that the manual cleaning process is messy and time consuming. It also has a low chance of success, if you see no improvement at all from the automated cleaning. It is most likely a hardware failure (bad head) which the cleaning can’t fix, as printheads are a wear item and do fail with time/use. If you've been using generic/refiled inks, that will damage the head and cause this problem as well.
Realistically, it's time for a new printer. As a 2012 model, it is at the end of its 3 year service life, and isn't worth repairing.
While it can be fixed, it is not worthwhile to do so. You would have to, at a minimum, replace the printhead, which costs about $120 just for the part, and another $100 for labor (you can't do it yourself), A logic board would run you $200-250. For $80-100 you can replace the entire machine with a brand new model, with current technology and a fresh warranty, which makes more sense than buying the new part for an older printer.
That said, it doesn’t hurt to try, if you wish. Let me know how the built in cleaning function works, and I’ll guide you through the manual steps next, or I can recommend replacement options if you prefer.
Best regards,
Nathan

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • My Expert answered my question promptly and he resolved the issue totally. This is a great service. I am so glad I found it I will definitely use the service again if needed. One Happy Customer
< Previous | Next >
  • My Expert answered my question promptly and he resolved the issue totally. This is a great service. I am so glad I found it I will definitely use the service again if needed. One Happy Customer
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Engineer John C.

    Engineer John C.

    Computer Science Engineer

    Satisfied Customers:

    4895
    CompTIA A+ Certified and 10 years of experience repairing computers and printers.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/ComputEngineer/2012-2-6_20858_20111114201751jalogoold.200x200.64x64.jpg Engineer John C.'s Avatar

    Engineer John C.

    Computer Science Engineer

    Satisfied Customers:

    4895
    CompTIA A+ Certified and 10 years of experience repairing computers and printers.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/LO/LongTermTech/SMILE4LARGE500by500.64x64.GIF Russell H.'s Avatar

    Russell H.

    Printer and Office

    Satisfied Customers:

    1974
    11+ yrs experience, inkjets & lasers, from huge to portable
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/WA/wa94sound/2012-6-6_202633_iStock000007010121Small.64x64.jpg Bernie's Avatar

    Bernie

    Printer Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1838
    6+ years experience, Microsoft MCDST/CompTia A+ Certified
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/SH/Shefin/2012-6-6_17328_1.64x64.jpg Shefin's Avatar

    Shefin

    Printer and Office Equip. Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1161
    Working as tech support specialist with a worldwide computer manufacturer.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PC/PCDrMiller/2012-9-19_33625_JasonMiller2012.64x64.jpg PCDrMiller's Avatar

    PCDrMiller

    Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    699
    IT Specialist, Print Server Administrator, MFP expert
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DI/dimmusacio/2012-1-26_194857_JA2.64x64.jpg Freddy M.'s Avatar

    Freddy M.

    Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    413
    Years of experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DM/DMacon7/2011-4-19_165749_DwightHeadshot3.64x64.jpg Printer Doctor's Avatar

    Printer Doctor

    Sr. Printer Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    390
    10,000+ hrs direct troubleshoot, repair and rebuilding hp, Lexmark/Dell inkjet and laser printers