Epson Stylus C44 User Guide

Cleaning the Print Head

Cleaning the Print Head
Running the Head Cleaning Utility
Examining the Nozzle Check Pattern
If your printouts are unexpectedly light, or dots or lines are missing from the image, 
you may need to clean the print head. This unclogs the nozzles so they can deliver ink 
Print head cleaning uses ink, so clean it only if quality declines. 
This section explains how to clean the print head using the Head Cleaning utility. 
This is the recommended method when the printer is connected directly to your 
computer (not over a network). 
You can also clean the print head by holding down the 
maintenance button on 
the printer for three seconds (when the red 
error light is off). 
Caution: When you don’t turn on your printer for a long time, the print quality can 
decline. It’s a good idea to turn on your printer at least once a month to maintain 
good print quality.
Running the Head Cleaning Utility
1. Make sure the printer is turned on but not printing, and the red
error light is 
off. (If the red light is flashing or on, you may need to replace the ink cartridge; 
see Replacing an Ink Cartridge for details.)
2. Do one of the following:
Windows: Right-click the 
 printer icon on your taskbar (in the lower right 
corner of your screen). Select 
Head Cleaning
Macintosh OS X: Double-click the 
 folder on your hard drive. 
EPSON Printer Utility
, select the 
C44 Series
 printer, and click 
. Then click 
Head Cleaning
Macintosh OS 8.6 to 9.x: Open the File menu and choose 
Page Setup
. Click the 
 utility button, then click the 
Head Cleaning
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to clean the print head. Cleaning takes 
about 30 seconds, during which the printer makes some noise and the green 
power light flashes.