Why Does an Office Inkjet Colour Printer Run Low on Ink So Fast?

Colour printers are wonderful to have on hand, although most offices use black and white printing most of the time; colour printing seems to be an option that employees rarely use.


However, when you finally have to print in colour, that bothersome error code stops you dead on your tracks telling you that your ink is running low or worse, completely exhausted.



Because the initial cost of an inkjet printer is quite low, many offices choose it.

However, the ink in the cartridges can dry out from rare uses, and are thus more expensive in the long run. Once installed in your printer, ink can begin to dry as fast as 3-4 weeks when it is not used in your inkjet printer.


This is the primary reason why toner is far superior to inkjet.


Well, you are stuck with an inkjet printer for now so in this article, we will offer you a solution to your  predicament, and hopefully, you’ll come out a little better on the expense report for your office, which might encourage your boss to get you a one of the latest Colour Printers Adelaide that uses toner!


Here then, are some tips on how to use your present inkjet device:


  • Print colour documents once a week, even if it’s just a test. The rare use of your inkjet cartridge can cause the ink inside to dry out, creating a blockage between the ink and nose on the printhead.
  • Store unopened ink cartridges in the sealed packaging it came with or perhaps a Ziploc bag.
  • Always store ink cartridges in a place that is dark, dry and not too hot or cold.
  • Replace the cartridge as close as possible when you need it versus a stack of ink that is not used on the shelf where it can dry before you use it.
  • Store your cartridge horizontally, not vertically, so that the ink does not collect on one side.
  • Keep dust away from collecting (and entering) cartridges. If you have printing problems, try running the print head cleaning mode every time you install a new cartridge
  • If that doesn’t work, try warm water. Remove the cartridge from the printer and soak it in a bowl of warm water. Use cotton to scrub the area connected to the nozzle directly to break the dry ink. Wipe the nozzle and cartridge dry, and try printing again. If it wouldn’t work the first time, try again. If the cartridge still does not work after two attempts, replace it.

While initial inkjet costs may seem like a more affordable way to colour, don’t forget to take into account the price of ink cartridges and how often you have to replace them (because of the low page yield). Still not sure what is best for you? We can help you figure out a suitable colour printers Adelaide solution.