These are throw away printers...not worth repairing print heads.So I bought an epson WF-3640 used and I printed out a test page and noticed a few breaks in the lines of a couple of the colors. So I used the clean printheads function but that didn't fix it.
I looked on google and found out about flushing out printheads using windex and isopropyl alcohol. I made a roughly 90-10 mixture and attempted to flush out the printheads. None of the tubes I had fit over the nozzles snugly so any attempt to flush with the tube ended up failing as the mixture would just spill over.
I resorted to using an eye dropper to push the fluid through. I expanded the hole of the eye dropper to be just large enough to fit over the nozzle and it worked like a charm.
I flushed the nozzles until all that came out was the fluid (until no ink came out with it).
I attempted to print again, and the result was actually FAR worse than it was before. And The yellow stopped printing completely.
I used the clean nozzles function and tried to print a few test pages but nothing worked.
So I went on youtube to find out how to take the printer apart to remove the printhead, which I did. I allowed the printhead to soak in a windex and isopropyl mixture for 48 hours (only the bottom of the printhead was submerged, not the connectors), let it dry and put it back in. The printer recognizes all 4 cartridges but I'm still having the same problem. Black, Cyan, and magenta are severely clogged and yellow won't print full stop.
I tried with a spare set of cartridges, and had the same problem. I also tried with the CISS kit, which had the same result.
Is there anything I can do at this point?
Did I damage the printhead when trying to flush it out?
That printer is available on Amazon for $120