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How to Get Your Epson Printer Heads to Clean Automatically

Are you struggling with keeping the heads of your Epson printer clean? Dirt and clogged ink can cause smudging, streaking, and low-quality prints. However, manually cleaning your printer can be a daunting task. In this article, we will explore how you can set your Epson printer to clean the heads on its own.

Understanding Printer Heads

Before we dive into the cleaning process, it's important to understand what printer heads are and their role in the printing process. The printer head is responsible for spraying ink onto the page in a specific pattern that creates the final image or text. These heads typically have tiny nozzles that can become clogged with ink or dust particles, leading to poor print quality.

Automatic Cleaning

Most Epson printers come with an automatic cleaning feature that takes care of cleaning the printer heads on its own. The process involves the printer running a series of cleaning cycles, which involve shooting a small amount of ink through the nozzles, attempting to dislodge any clogs or debris. The printer then prints a test page to ensure that these cleaning cycles have been effective.

How to Enable Automatic Cleaning

To enable automatic cleaning on your Epson printer, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Epson Printer Utility on your computer.

  2. Select your printer from the list of available printers.

  3. Click on the Maintenance tab.

  4. Click on the Auto Head Cleaning icon.

  5. Choose the cleaning intensity level. A higher level will produce better results but uses more ink.

  6. Click on the Start button to begin the cleaning process.

Your Epson printer may take some time to complete the cleaning process. If the process is successful, the printer will print a test page, indicating that the nozzles are now clean.

Other Tips to Keep Your Epson Printer Heads Clean

Besides automatic cleaning, there are other tips you can follow to keep your Epson printer heads clean:

  1. Use good quality ink cartridges. Using non-genuine ink cartridges can cause clogs, as the ink formulation may not be compatible with your printer.

  2. Print regularly. If you don't use your printer often, the ink can dry out, leading to clogs. Printing a test page once a week can help keep the ink flowing.

  3. Keep your printer clean. Dust and debris can accumulate on the printer, leading to clogs. Regularly dusting and cleaning your printer can help prevent this.

  4. Avoid using old or expired ink cartridges. Old cartridges can dry out, causing clogs.


Automatic cleaning is a convenient feature that Epson printers offer to help keep the nozzles clean, leading to better print quality. Besides automatic cleaning, following the tips mentioned above can help keep your printer in top condition. If you encounter any issues with your Epson printer, don't hesitate to reach out to a professional for help.


  1. How often should I perform automatic cleaning on my Epson printer?

  2. It's recommended to perform automatic cleaning once every few weeks, depending on your printer usage.

  3. Can I use any ink cartridge with my Epson printer?

  4. It's recommended to use genuine Epson ink cartridges to avoid issues with clogs or compatibility.

  5. My printer is still not printing correctly after automatic cleaning. What should I do?

  6. If the automatic cleaning does not fix the issue, try manual cleaning with a cleaning kit or seek professional help.

  7. Can I perform automatic cleaning on my Epson printer through the printer's control panel?

  8. No, automatic cleaning can only be enabled through the Epson Printer Utility on your computer.

  9. What can I do to prevent ink from drying out in my printer?

  10. Print regularly and keep your printer in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

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