The users who use the Epson EP-976A Printer series all have the problem while the printing process is happening, this problem called Waste Ink Counter Overflow. The manufacturers produced the printers with an important component called Waste Ink Counter.
This is used to calculate the number of waste ink during printing procedure. After a long period of printing documents, the Waste Ink Counter will gradually raise up from 0% to 100%. The Epson EP-976A printer will stop working immediately when this case happens to avoid the waste ink overflowing, the Epson EP-976A printers can send you the signals of this problem such as the red lights flashing as well as the message on the screen: “The Printer’s Ink Pads are at the end of Their service life. Please contact Epson Support”.
For the new printer series, the Waste Ink Counter is installed at 100% before the printing process makes the Waste Ink Tray be full or the Waste Ink counter raises.
If you want to reset this problem at home to save time and money, you can go to the online page of our website, then you can buy the WIC RESET KEY to reset the Waste Ink Counter come back to 0% then your Epson EP-976A printer can print well.
Moreover, you need to watch out that your printer is new or old series because some reasons, if your Epson EP-976A printer is new printer, you don’t need to worry about the waste ink after resetting procedure. However, your Epson EP-976A printer’s Waste Ink Counter needs to be cleaned up the waste ink after resetting because the waste ink can be overflowed and affect to the other components of printer or make your Epson printer’s table dirty.
So after resetting the Waste Ink Counter, you need to clean up the Waste ink Pad, this demand some skills of yours and time.
We will provide you the good solution to solve this and you can use the WIC RESET TOOL easily to make the printer work smoothly.
How to void waste ink counters and waste ink pad overflow.
To understand clearly about the problem and the ways to fix this, why don’t we see the information about the running principles of the Epson printers.
What is waste ink counters? Waste ink counter overflows?
1. What is Epson EP-976A waste ink counter overflow?
Epson inkjet printers have inside a part of sponge for absorbing and collecting waste inks. It is called waste ink pad.
Waste Ink Pads are a number of porous pads in the inkjet printer that collect, distribute, and also really importantly include the ink that is not used on printed pages (Waste Ink).
Waste Ink is collected by these pads during the initial setup of the product, during cleaning cycles and when printing borderless photographs.
Anytime printhead cleaning process ink flush via printhead to waste ink pad. Then single time it can be overflowed because it cannot absorb ink any more then the ink will leak from the bottom of the printer.
The printer counts how much ink flow to waste ink pad and also keeps this number into printer’s memory ==> This number is called Waste Ink Counter.
+ Therefore to avoid ink leaking outside the Epson EP-976A inkjet printer the waste ink counter might be overflowed and Epson EP-976A printer is going to stop.
+ Full counter is 100%. Waste ink counters overflow means that counters values are more than 100%.
To get Epson EP-976A printer working again – You need to RESET the Epson EP-976A printer Waste Ink Counter (Read more to learn how to reset epson printer).
2. How to know that your Epson EP-976A printer waste ink counter overflow?
+ Your printer red light blinking
+ Your printer LCD screen or computer screen appear: “The Printer’s Ink Pads are at the end of Their service life. Please contact Epson Support” or “The Printer’s Ink Pad is at the end of Its service life. Please contact Epson Support”.
+ It is very easy to check Epson waste ink counters with WIC Reset Utility.
Step 1. Download WIC Reset Tool here: Download WIC Reset
Step 2. Run WIC Reset Utility, Click on READ WASTE COUNTERS button:
Step 3. Read the popup. If one or two counters are more than 100% (overflowed) – Epson EP-976A printer can not working – you should to RESET WASTE INK COUNTERS number
3. How to fix Epson EP-976A waste ink counter overflow?
Step 1: Download WIC Reset Tool and install the software
Step 2: Buy the WIC RESET KEY
Step 3: Reset your printer with WIC Reset and WIC Reset Key
+ Connect your Epson EP-976A printer to computer that you installed WIC reset utility. Connect your computer to Internet.
+ Follow this guide and reset Epson EP-976A printer – Read how to reset Epson EP-976A printer
=> Tips how to avoid Epson EP-976A printer Waste Ink Counters overflow: Read here
How to avoid Epson EP-976A printer Waste Ink Pad overflow?
You are using Epson EP-976A printer and have the problem with the waste ink counter overflow. After you reset, the waste ink still overflows so this post is the hack for you in this case. The Epson EP-976A Printer is not the same other so you can find the waste ink pad laid in different location.
Let’s see some information we give you here to know more. The waste ink normally flows from the waste ink tube to the Waste Ink Pad then the sponge in this having the fucntion of collecting the waste ink from the Epson EP-976A printer. However, when the sponge such a lot of waste ink after a long usage period, it is not able to absorb anymore.
There are many solutions for you such as replacing the Waste ink Pad or using something to suck all the waste ink, you can also follow the waste ink to a bottle that can contain the waste ink during the printing procedure. You can set your mind at rest that your Epson EP-976A printer will not overflow the ink, everything you need is bring the bottle to pour then clean it.
Shall you follow these steps to extra waste ink pad:
Step 1: Checking and open the cover of waste ink pad:
Turn the Epson EP-976A printer then you can see the small cover as the picture below, this is the waste ink pad’s cover.
Open it and you can see the waste ink’s wire pine and the waste ink’s sponge in the picture below.
Then you can realize that the Epson EP-976A printer’s waste ink pad is larger than the gate to go over the waste ink pad you have already opened, so you must to disassemble the shell and this way needs to be done carefully. You will not be able to fix it by yourself.
To avoid this case, you can follow and apply our method that doesn’t need to remove any thing, let’s see in the second step:
Step 2: How to separate the tube from the Epson EP-976A printer’s Waste Ink Pad.
You can see the Waste Ink Pad of the Epson printer and the tube, you had better use the tool to separate the tube afrom the waste ink pad. Please clean it carefully to avoid the broken-down.
Be gentle and careful to avoid folding or cracking waste ink pipes of Epson EP-976A printer.
Step 3: Clean the tube and absorb all the waste ink from the waste ink pad, you can use a cylinder to suck the waste ink in the waste ink tube of the Epson printer.
Next, you also have to suck the waste ink form the sponge if the Epson EP-976A printer is new one you can skip this step but not for the old printer because of being overflow the waste ink while the transferring procedure is running.
By this way, don’t worry about the waste ink overflowing when you don’t use the bottle to contain the waste ink. However, you need to check and suck the waste ink regularly so I think you should use a bottle to collect the waste ink.
Step 4: Install the bottle out of the printer.
You need to prepare the following:
– A bottle made from plastic or glass.
– A relative tube is as equal as the tube of the printer.
– The connection tool.
Let’s put the tube into the tube of the Epson EP-976A printer then plug the other into the bottle we have mentioned, don’t forget to put the bottle is lower than the Epson EP-976A printer to sure that the waste ink can flow easily as the picture below.
Now you can try printing some files and check the waste ink flow into the bottle or not.
When the bottle is full of waste ink you can bring it to clean then go on using.
Watchout: This is an good solution and you can use it in a long-term but you should use a tool called WIC RESET TOOL to reset Epson EP-976A printer’s Waste ink counter when it overflow. You can see to install this software in our other post.
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