How to Fix the Clogged HP 951XL 950XL Ink Cartridges?

If you’re a inkjet printer owner, printer cartridges will be one of the first things on your list, but it’s important to recognize which cartridges are compatible with your printer first. HP 951XL ink cartridges in V4ink are suitable for HP Officejet Pro 8100, 8600, 8600 Plus, 8610, 8615, 8620, 8625, 8630, 8640, 8660, 251dw, 276dw Multifunction printer.

Inkjet printer cartridges can be expensive, so the last thing you want to happen is having them dry out before they're empty. Unfortunately, improper care and storage can cause them to dry out quickly, a situation that wastes money and can have you running out to buy new printer cartridges way too often. Before we find ways to fix the clogged HP 951XL 950XL ink cartridges, let's explore the reason.

Why do printer ink cartridges dry out?

High temperature

Extreme heat is very bad for your inkjet cartridges and will cause them to dry out quickly. Keep unused cartridges in a cool, dry place that is well ventilated. Always avoid keeping them inside a hot car or near a hot, sunny window.

Infrequent Use

When cartridges sit in your inkjet printer without regular use, they're at risk for drying out. The yields are 2300 pages per HP 951XL 950XL black cartridge and 1500 pages per color cartridge based on 5% coverage (letter/A4). If you're going out for an extended period of time, it's a good idea to take your cartridges out of your printer and store them away. Lightly wipe the print head on each cartridge to remove ink buildup. Then place each cartridge in its own resealable plastic bag with a damp paper towel and store in a cool, dry place. Never leave your ink cartridges lying down, as this can cause the sponge near the print head to dry out.

Clogged Print Head

In some instances, it's not the ink cartridge that's dried out. It's just a clogged print head. Before you throw away a cartridge that isn't printing, run the printer head cleaning utility on your computer. If after a few attempts the print cartridge is still not printing correctly, it's time to replace the ink.

How to fix the clogged HP 951XL 950XL ink cartridges?

Find a sink that can give you hot water. Place some old newspapers or paper towels in the counter of the sink. Make sure your printer is plugged in and your computer has the printer drivers installed. Open the printer up to reveal the ink cartridges. Take out the ink cartridge. Take the cartridge to the sink and put it down on the old newspaper or paper towels. Turn on the sink and wait until you can get very hot water. Pull that thing behind the sink handle that closes the drain and keeps water in the sink. Let the sink fill with hot water, but ONLY a little bit. Place the cartridge in the sink so the part where the ink comes out is in the water. Make sure it gets past the surface of the water.

If ink comes out immediately then your cartridge isn't terribly clogged. Otherwise, you might have to wait 5 to 20 minutes. Dry off the cartridge so it's no more than damp, and put it back in the printer and give it a test run.

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