Does my printhead need replacing?

Hi there

I am hoping someone can help me with my Epson 7890 printer. I have been having what looks like clogging issues (I know I know whats new right?) however when I contacted a technician I am told the print head needs replacing but I don’t think it is as bad as that as I am still getting lines on all inks except my magenta where there is a gap in the middle…

It is an old machine I have had for 7 years without problems…(looks like I’m one of the lucky ones) however I was not aware that dampers needed replacing after 3 years so I am hoping that by doing a flush and replacing the dampers I may be able to avoid the costly print head replacement?

Any help on this is greatly appreciated!

You see that bend in the VM? That is delayed fire of the nozzles. This is a clear indication of nozzles that have burned out or that have become de-laminated. In short, yes, this print-head needs to be replaced or the printer needs to be used for Piezography monochrome ink which only needs a minimum of 6 working channels.