Installing ink and toner cartridges or refilling with ink bottles on your printer may vary slightly depending on the printer model. The first important thing you need to do is ask yourself, ‘What ink does my printer use?’
Once you have the correct ink or toner cartridge in your hands, you can proceed with the installation process. This article will break down the installation guide per printer brand to help you change the ink cartridge more efficiently.
How do I know if it is time to replace my cartridge?
Most printers will notify you with an alert on the display when your ink is low and when it is time to replace your cartridge or refill your ink. For older models that don't have this function, broken text and white streaks on prints indicate that it's time to swap for a new cartridge. Install new cartridges immediately after removing the old ones. You should only remove the cartridges when you are ready to replace them to avoid drying out the nozzles.
How do I handle ink and toner cartridges properly?
It is essential to take care of your cartridges to avoid them from drying up or getting damaged. To make sure you get the most out of your cartridges. Here are some tips you can follow:
- Make sure to store your ink cartridges in a cool, dry place to avoid damaging their quality. The room temperature recommendation is at 20-29 degrees celsius.
- Do not open the packaging unless you are ready to install your cartridges.
- Do not touch the circuitry to avoid printing quality issues.
- Always check the shelf life of your printer inks.
- It is crucial to have your new ink cartridges ready before installing them to avoid drying out the nozzles.
What is a printer ink cartridge?
Ink cartridges are used for inkjet printers. Liquid inks are filled into containers called cartridges that enable your printer to print out texts or images. The cartridges are either refillable, or you buy a new one to install and use. You can not just install any ink cartridge because each cartridge is designed to work only for a specific printer. Though some cartridges look the same in physical attributes, each cartridge actually has chips in them that are designed only to let them work for printers compatible with it. You can see different kinds of ink cartridges below.
How to change ink cartridges?
If you want to know how to change ink on a printer, you have come to the right place. Let us start with how to change ink cartridges since the most common type of printer is inkjet printers. Inkjet printers use ink cartridges for the printing process. When your printer display prompts “out of ink", it is high time to replace your cartridge. You can also check the ink levels on your printer display to know if it is time to change your ink cartridge. Changing the ink cartridges may vary per printer brand. The manual that comes with your printer has instructions on how to change your cartridges. Here at CompAndSave, we aim to help you install your new cartridges fast and easily. This time, we will guide you on replacing ink cartridges per brand, starting with how to change Epson ink.
How to change ink in the Epson printer?
Epson uses ink cartridges and Epson ink bottles depending on the printer type. First, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to replace ink cartridges for your Epson printer.
How to do Epson Ecotank ink refill?
This next set of instructions are for those who are using the Epson Ecotank series. Ecotank printers use ink bottles to refill the tank. These kinds of printers have tanks on the front where you can see the levels of ink. Our step-by-step instructions will show you how to refill Epson EcoTank.
How to change ink on HP printer?
When you change ink on HP printers, the process is the same for all printer models. The only difference is the space where you load your ink cartridges. For some HP printers, it can be on the front or below the paper output tray. Check the different HP printers below to locate the space of your ink cartridges. Note that not all printer models are listed; you can simply check if the sample printer resembles what you are using.
How to change ink in Canon printer?
Just like with other printer brands, the process to change ink in Canon printers is the same. You need to open the printer cover so you can see the cartridge space. Below are some printer samples to help you locate the printer cover or the ink cartridge access door.
How to change ink in Brother printer?
Unlike other printer brands, most Brother printers have the same structure. It will be easier for you to find the space for your ink cartridges. The guide below applies to all Brother inkjet printers. The ink cartridge cover is located at the right part of your Brother printer.
How to Replace Toner Cartridges?
Toner cartridges are for laser printers. To know how to install your toner cartridge properly, you should be familiar with the parts. You will find the printer cartridge part names in this comprehensive guide.
Toner vs. Drum Unit
Your toner comes with a drum unit. Do not be confused with your drum unit and toner cartridge. Some printers like HP incorporate the drum unit into the toner. For most of the Brother printers, the toner cartridge and drum unit are separated. Changing the toner cartridge or drum unit can be slightly different per brand.
How do I know if it is time to replace my toner cartridge or drum unit?
Drum units, just like toner cartridges, do have a shelf life and should also be replaced after being consumed. Since the drum unit has a longer lifespan, you can replace it after reusing it 3-4 times, which is a huge advantage to those using separated drum and toner as you do not have to purchase both every time you run out of toner ink. Now, how do you know if you need to change your toner or drum?
As with inkjet printers, your laser printer will prompt if you need to replace the toner already. You will get a low-toner warning. Aside from that, you will also notice that your printouts are not of good quality. It may come out faded or discolored. So after trying to troubleshoot the poor printing quality issue but to no avail, it may mean one thing, and that is, your toner cartridge is out of ink.
For the drum unit, you will need to replace it if it causes streaks, smudges, printing gray, or even blank spots on your printouts. Sometimes, you’ll even hear strange sounds from your printer. If you have a separated drum and toner and experience the same thing even if the toner is newly installed, the reason might be the drum unit and not the toner.
Drum units can vary per brand. As mentioned, the HP drum unit is usually built-in toner cartridges. With this, you will also need to change the drum unit every time you change the toner, but some tend to have the toner refilled to reuse the drum unit to save money since it does have a longer shelf life than toner cartridges. However, we do not encourage you to refill toners independently as some parts need replacing due to wear and tear problems. Suppose you prefer refilling it to reuse drum, in that case, we suggest you visit your local store that offers such service, or you can also purchase from us at CompAndSave as we are selling remanufactured and compatible toner cartridges at a meager price so you won’t have to go through such hassle.
How to change the toner in Brother printer?
If you use a toner with a separate drum, you can refer to this example on installing toner in Brother printers. Take note that you do not need to replace the drum unit every time you change the toner cartridge of your Brother printer. Your new Brother printer probably came with a drum unit and toner cartridge. Since the toner needs to replacing first, you can continue using your drum unit. Here are the steps on how to replace the toner in Brother printer.
How to replace a toner cartridge in an HP laser printer?
HP toner cartridges have built-in drum units. You will need to replace both the toner and the drum unit on your HP printer. Compared to a separated toner and drum unit, changing your HP toner is as easy as changing an ink cartridge. You can check your printer manual for the installation steps or call our customer service at our toll-free number 1-833-465-6888.
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We hope that this guide will teach you how to change your printer ink and toner cartridges efficiently. Feel free to browse our step-by-step tutorial videos of changing ink cartridges per brand. If you need more assistance, you are welcome to contact our Customer Service Representatives at our toll-free number 1-833-465-6888 from Mondays to Fridays, 6am-6pm PT.