The users who use the Epson Printer series all have the problem while the printing process is happening, this problem called Waste Ink Counter Overflow. The manufacturers produced the Epson 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 printer will stop working immediately when this case happens to avoid the waste ink overflowing, the Epson R280 printers can send you the signals of this error such as the red lights blinking 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”.
In case the printer is new, the Waste Ink Counter will be installed to reach 100% before both the waste ink tray and the waste ink counter raise up.
If you want to fix 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 printer can work well.
However, this problem is completely done in case your printer is new printer, the Epson R280 printer’s waste ink tray will not be overflowed. If you don’t clean the Waste Ink Tray after the first resetting process or your Epson R280 printer is old, the waste ink can be overflowed into the Epson printer and make the printer dirty or can make your table soiled and it is the reason for damage of Epson printers.
In order to reset the Waste Ink Counter you need to take all the waste ink out of the tray then use the skills to open the printer.
You don’t need to disassemble the components and check regularly to prevent the waste ink from overflowing depending on the better solution called WIC RESET TOOL.
How to void waste ink counters and waste ink pad overflow.
We should find out the rule of working process of the Epson printer’s Waste Ink Counter in order to prevent the Waste Ink Counter from overflowing.
What is waste ink counters? Waste ink counter overflows?
1. What is Epson R280 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 several porous pads in the inkjet printer that collect, distribute, and also very 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.
While printhead cleaning process ink flush through printhead to waste ink pad. So that one time it may be overflowed because it could not absorb ink anymore and then the ink will leak from the bottom of the printer.
The inkjet printer counts how many ink flow to waste ink pad and holds this number into printer’s memory ==> This number is known as Waste Ink Counter.
+ And to prevent ink leaking outside the Epson R280 printer the waste ink counter might be overflowed and then Epson R280 inkjet printer is going to stop.
+ Full counter is 100%. Waste ink counters overflow means that counters values are more than 100%.
To make Epson R280 printer working again – You must to RESET the Epson R280 printer Waste Ink Counter (Read more to learn how to reset epson printer).
2. How to know that your Epson R280 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 Utility Tool here: Download WIC Reset
Step 2. Run WIC Reset Utility, Click on READ WASTE COUNTERS button:
Step 3. See the popup. If one or two counters are more than 100% (overflowed) – Epson R280 printer can not working – you have to RESET WASTE INK COUNTERS number
3. How to fix Epson R280 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 R280 printer to computer that you installed WIC reset. Connect your computer to Internet.
+ Follow this guide and reset your printer – Read how to reset Epson R280 printer
=> Tips how to avoid Epson R280 printer Waste Ink Counters overflow: Read here
How to avoid Epson R280 printer Waste Ink Pad overflow?
When you apply all the detail hack Epson R280 printer’s waste ink pad. We provide you about the problem called Waste Ink Counter bellow, You can find different location of the Waste Ink Pad in different Epson printer series.
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 R280 printer. However, when the sponge such a lot of waste ink after a long usage period, it is not able to absorb anymore.
You can use a bottle to contain the waste ink instead of replacing the Epson R280 printer’s Waste Ink Pad or collect the waste ink from the Waste Ink Pad.
Follow these steps to know more and apply them:
Step 1: Checking and open the cover of waste ink pad:
Turn the Epson R280 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 a tube and the waste ink pad with the sponge to absorb the waste ink as the picture below.
Then you can realize that the Epson R280 printer’s waste ink pad is larger than the gate to go over the waste ink pad you have already opened when you see. Disassembling the shell and this way needs to be done carefully, you have to take your printer to a service center.
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 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 from the waste ink pad. This step needs the skills to avoid the damage of the printer.
Be gentle and careful to avoid folding or cracking waste ink pipes of Epson R280 printer.
Step 3: Tidy the waste ink tube and absorb the waste ink out of the Waste Ink counter, you can use a cylinder to suck the waste ink that is the remnant in the tube of the Epson printer.
Next, you also must to suck the waste ink form the sponge if the Epson R280 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
– A bottle made from plastic or glass.
– A relative tube is as equal as the tube of the printer.
– The tube connection tool.
Let’s put the tube into the tube of the Epson R280 printer then plug the other into the bottle we have mentioned, don’t forget to put the bottle is lower than the Epson R280 printer to sure that the waste ink can flow easily as the picture below.
You can print some contents right now to check that Epson R280 printer is working well or not as well as the waste ink can be absorbed or not
After a definite period of using you have to pour all the waste ink and clean the bottle up then continuprinting jobs.
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 R280 printer’s Waste ink counter when it overflow. You can see to install this software in our other post.
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