How to Change Your Printer Ink Cartridges
No ink cartridge will last forever, regardless of page yield, but changing the ink in your printer does not have to be a stressful process. Please note that these instructions assume that you already have purchased the replacement cartridge. Here's how you do it:
- The first step is to find out where the ink is housed in your printer. In many printers, you will may have to lift up on part of it to reveal the carriage that holds the ink in place. This is true, for example, on the HP Officejet Pro 6500. In other instances, there will be a door you will have to open. More recently, many manufacturers have begun to make it easier than ever before by offering printers that can be loaded from the front (like the most recent Canon PIXMA printers).
- Second, once you have figured out where the ink is housed, you will want to pay attention to how you take it out, that is, is there a clip that holds the ink in? Does it come with ends that are fit into slots (like a key)? Do you need to press a button to move the cartridges into a sport where you can reach? You should also take note of any color coding that indicates which color goes where. Now you can remove the cartridge(s) which need to be replaced.
- Take the new cartridge out of the box and replace it, being careful to not touch and smudge the copper contacts or nozzles. Also be sure to remove any tape or plastic that may be covering where ink is dispensed. In some cases, replacing the ink will trigger an alignment page to print. Follow any instructions which appear on the sheet, so your print quality is not degraded or misaligned.
We hope you found this article informative and helpful. Feel free to contact us through the website. Also, please be responsible and find an office supply store or other organization that collects used cartridges and keeps them out of landfills. Happy printing!