How to Repair an Epson C86

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The Epson C86 printer can produce photo-quality printouts at the speed of 22 pages per minute for black-and-white documents and 12 pages per minute for colour documents. If you are having problems with your Epson C86 inkjet printer, a troubleshooting procedure will help you determine the appropriate solutions for putting the printer back into its proper working condition.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Epson C86 printer manual

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    Determine the problem. Check the printer's control panel and status of the printer's button lights to know the error you are receiving. For instance, if the green power light is flashing, it indicates that the printer is cleaning the printhead, the ink is being charged or the printer is currently processing a print job.

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    Remove jammed paper if the red paper light button of the printer flashes or if the computer alerts you with a paper jam error. Press the "Paper" button and wait for the printer to eject the jammed paper. If the red paper light button does not stop flashing, open the printer cover and remove any piece of paper inside the printer. Press the button again to continue printing.

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    Install a new ink cartridge if the red ink button is on. This may also indicate that there is no ink cartridge installed in the printer or the ink cartridge installed is incompatible with the printer. If the red ink light is flashing, the printer is alerting you that the ink cartridge installed is low on ink. Refer to the printer manual for instructions on how to install a new printer cartridge.

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    Turn off the printer if the green power light is off and the paper and ink lights are flashing. This indicates an internal error with the printer. Wait at least 15 seconds before turning the printer back on. If the lights continue to flash, bring the printer to the nearest Epson service centre.

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