I have two Epson (7890 and R2000) printers that I used to use at least weekly. (Hobbyist uses on weekends.)
They have lately been getting regular clogged nozzles, such that every time I do use them, I spend an hour trying to clear clogged nozzles first. I had been turning the printers off after use. And would weekly run a nozzle check if I didn’t need to print anything that weekend. But clearly this isn’t enough. I live in the San Francisco area, so I don’t have particularly low or high humidity.
What is the recommended approach to avoiding clogs with this amount of use? Approximately weekly use, every other week. Always at least monthly, so I don’t want to flush for storage.
Should I keep the printer turned on?
Should I print a full page of nozzle pattern each week? (I use Qimage, which has a nozzle pattern)
Should I do something twice a week?
This last clog on the 7890 (the VLM head is clogged, others are ok), is costing me $$$ in ink and in supplies from inkjet mall to attempt to clear (doing a cleaning with piezoflush via init fill now). Epson (fuji) service estimated parts for repair to be $2600, which, with labor, would be about the cost of a new printer. So I’m trying to save this one.
Suggested practices for trouble-free but low use?