Printer cartridges have ink sensors, usually in the form of an IC chip. These sensors let your computer know the ink levels of each cartridge, instructing your computer to warn you when you’re running out of ink. When this warning message occurs it is important to replace your cartridges correctly so as to not jeopardise the functionality of your printer.
*Here are some things to remember when replacing your ink cartridges:*
Use your printer’s control panel to determine which cartridges need replacing and regularly check the status monitor so that you aren’t caught unprepared for an ink shortage. There is nothing more frustrating than needing to urgently print a document, only to find out you have no ink. The control panel might also contain instructions that are specific to your printer model.
Leave the old cartridges in your printer until you replace them with new ones. Ink remaining in the ink nozzles might dry out and become hard if left exposed.
Use genuine parts. Familiarise yourself with your printer model and use cartridges made specifically for that model to ensure the optimal functioning of your printer. Once you know what cartridges to purchase, you can search our extensive list of cartridges.
Replacement is better than refill. It is better to use the original manufactured parts than to try and recycle them yourself. Mistakes can ruin the cartridge and damage your printer.
Protect the ink supply area of the ink cartridge from dirt and dust. Also ensure that the ink nozzles of the printer are kept clean and protected from dust. This is another reason to not leave them exposed and keep the old cartridges in the printer until replaced.
Be careful when removing used cartridges from your printer as there may be some ink surrounding the supply port. Besides being messy, there are chemicals in the ink that can cause skin irritations, and there is always the risk of ink getting into your eyes.