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I've been having an issue this week with my Epson 1430 printer. I'm not getting black to come through and if it does after a cleaning, it'll only work for a few prints before it starts fading again and I obviously can't clean the heads every time this happens. I've never had this issue be so persistent before. I use my printer regularly, and always start with a nozzle check to make sure all is well. I've been able to fix this before by either cleaning the heads, or pulling ink from the cartridge to clear any air bubbles, a 2 minute fix but neither method has helped out so far. What other troubleshooting steps can I take?

I'm using:

Epson Artisan 1430
InkXpro CISS system
InkXpro ink

Any help is appreciated.
 

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I've been having an issue this week with my Epson 1430 printer. I'm not getting black to come through and if it does after a cleaning, it'll only work for a few prints before it starts fading again and I obviously can't clean the heads every time this happens. I've never had this issue be so persistent before. I use my printer regularly, and always start with a nozzle check to make sure all is well. I've been able to fix this before by either cleaning the heads, or pulling ink from the cartridge to clear any air bubbles, a 2 minute fix but neither method has helped out so far. What other troubleshooting steps can I take?

I'm using:

Epson Artisan 1430
InkXpro CISS system
InkXpro ink

Any help is appreciated.
Remove the cartridges that you have in there and replace with oem or refillable cartridges. Check that you can print without the fading issue. If that works then use cartridges instead of the cis. CIS are notorious for these issues.
 
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Remove the cartridges that you have in there and replace with oem or refillable cartridges. Check that you can print without the fading issue. If that works then use cartridges instead of the cis. CIS are notorious for these issues.
I've been sublimating smaller scale items for just under one year now and this is the first time I've experienced this issue to this extent. With that being said, one can say I'm still fairly new to the game but from what I've read early on, wouldn't I have to purge all of the ink from the OEM cartridges after running them before being able to run sublimation ink again?

My guess is that there is a clog somewhere along the black ink hose between the CISS tank and the cartridge because I can get a full print on occasion but not consistently. Nozzle checks will vary between purging, a head cleaning and everything in between. For the record, this is only affecting the black ink. The other 5 are perfectly fine.

I have orders to get through so I'm thinking of ordering a refillable cartridge and trying that in the mean time until I can figure this out. If the refillable cartridge works out then I'll just have to purge all of the ink out from the CISS tank to reuse it. This looks like something I can order and receive just in time:

Refillable Ink Cartridges Epson Artisan 1430 inkjet printers

Doesn't seem to differentiate between inkjet and sublimation ink, so I'm assuming it's good for both before filling it up with either type.
 

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Could be that the internal cartridge filter is going bad or has gone bad. I recently replaced the Cyan cart in my CISS due to this. If you're priming the cart with a syringe and ink is easily flowing through the cart and into the syringe, then the filter should be good.

If that's the case, then you should check the line to see if it is clogged, which is a possibility. Richard from Cobra ink, shows how to do this easily. Link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvWHgwy41oc
 

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Could be that the internal cartridge filter is going bad or has gone bad. I recently replaced the Cyan cart in my CISS due to this. If you're priming the cart with a syringe and ink is easily flowing through the cart and into the syringe, then the filter should be good.

If that's the case, then you should check the line to see if it is clogged, which is a possibility. Richard from Cobra ink, shows how to do this easily. Link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvWHgwy41oc
I may have mixed up my terms earlier between purging and priming, but I have primed the black cart with a syringe and can successfully pull ink out of it without a problem. This has worked before when I've noticed that a color is partially coming through on a nozzle check but not this time. Sometimes a head cleaning will improve from 0% black to about 60% black, then I try priming the cart and actually makes the flow worse as seen on a newer nozzle check.

Right now I'm getting full black again but I'm sure it will decrease after only a few prints. I think I try a cleaning solution as seen in the video. Thank you for that.
 

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I have the same problem. I have two 1430s. The first one started doing this a year ago and after trying everything, I bought the second one. Interestingly enough, I put the stock cartridges in the fading one and it printed just fine with the Epson ink. I've used both CISS and refillable carts.

9 months later, printer two starts doing the same thing. I exhausted all options but went back to printer one, put the dye sub carts back inand somehow, everything worked fine. I'm sure it had something to do with the Epson ink breaking down something that was starving the head.
 

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I have the same problem. I have two 1430s. The first one started doing this a year ago and after trying everything, I bought the second one. Interestingly enough, I put the stock cartridges in the fading one and it printed just fine with the Epson ink. I've used both CISS and refillable carts.

9 months later, printer two starts doing the same thing. I exhausted all options but went back to printer one, put the dye sub carts back inand somehow, everything worked fine. I'm sure it had something to do with the Epson ink breaking down something that was starving the head.
Get yourself some cleaning cartridges for it. Do about 5-7 head cleanings and you will usually be able to bring back the nozzle check to 100%
 
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