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How to Service an Epson C48

Updated February 21, 2017

The Epson Stylus C48 is a popular printer for both home users and business owners, and with the right care and maintenance these printers can last for many years. Even so, it is important for those who use the Epson Stylus C48 to have some basic troubleshooting skills. Calling for service on a personal printer like the Epson C48 can be prohibitively expensive, so learning how to fix your own printer is the best way to extend its useful life.

Make sure the Epson C48 is powered on, then lift the cover and wait for the print cartridges to slide to the centre. Never attempt to move the cartridges by hand--doing so could damage your printer.

Tilt each print cartridge forward and carefully lift it out of the printer. Turn the print cartridge upside down so that the metallic portion is facing up.

Dip a cotton swab in warm water and carefully swab the entire bottom surface of each cartridge. Continue swabbing the cartridge until no more ink residue or paper dust comes off.

Vacuum the entire inside of the Epson C48 using a small computer vacuum. Paper dust tends to accumulate in small printers like the Epson Stylus C48, and this paper dust can interfere with the normal operation of the printer.

Log on to your computer and click on the "Start" button. Choose "Control Panel" from the menu and then select "Printers and Faxes." Right-click the "Epson Stylus C48" and choose "Properties." Click the "Print test page" button to send a test page to the printer.

Watch as the paper feeds into the printer. If the paper feeds skewed, remove the paper from the tray and reset the paper guides so that they fit tightly against the pages.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Cotton swabs
  • Warm water
  • Small vacuum cleaner
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Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.