Epson XP 420/ XP 430 Not Printing: Causes & Fixes

One of the most frustrating experiences in life is wanting something so badly, yet being unable to get it. It can make the best day of your life turn into the worst day in a heartbeat. That is the experience of some users of the Epson XP 420 and XP 430 printer.

Some people say they are unable to print with the device. That is a serious problem. After all, what is a printer that is unable to print? Useless, if you ask me. This is why we will talk about the causes of this issue and how to fix it. Ready? Let’s go!

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Epson XP 420/430 Printer Not Printing? Here Are The Likely Reasons

Many different things can cause your printer to suddenly stop printing. You’ll get a clearer picture of the problem when you consider the many possibilities involved. Here are some of them:

The printer may be wrongly connected: Wrong connections are a common problem. We all make mistakes and put things into the wrong places every now and then. It is no surprise. There’s a possibility that you’ve put your cable into the wrong port. The moment you fix this, your printer will come to life. It could also be that you’re using a cable that is partially or completely damaged. A little bit of attention to detail means a whole lot.

The printer drivers may need an update: Computers need a software update occasionally, just as smartphones also need updates from time to time. You would expect that every printer user knows Epson puts out software updates, but that is not always true. The thing about updates or patches is that they help to keep you safe from hackers who may try to use your printer as a gateway to your computer. Updates also make your printer work better. Sometimes, added features are included.  

Your ink cartridges may not be well fixed: There is one way to fix an ink cartridge and a lot of other ways it may be wrongly fixed. If it is not properly inserted, there will be problems with printing. Your ink cartridges need to make full contact with the base of the slot where it belongs. Sliding it halfway in or doing anything less than full insertion will make you unable to print. It doesn’t matter that your ink cartridges are full of good quality ink.

It could be ink cartridge compatibility issues: Talking about good quality ink, savvy Epson users know that there are two broad types of ink cartridges: The ones that are made by the manufacturer and the ones that are remanufactured by others. When you don’t buy genuine ink cartridges from Epson that match your printer, you can be sure you’ll have problems. It is either your machine doesn’t work or it produces poor quality printing. The ones made by the manufacturer are a safer bet.

The print head could be dirty: Dirt from the air or your printer could make it unlikely that your printer would work. Dried ink can also smear the printhead so much that it becomes almost useless. Having plans for regular cleaning can spare you this. In the beginning, it may be hard to keep up but if you manage to continue, it will soon become a habit that is hard to break – a good one at that.  

Epson XP 420/XP 430 Not Printing: How to Fix

Now, for the most important part of this article; how do you get the printer to work as it should? The following suggestions will guide you.

1. Switch off the printer and switch it on again

When you switch off a printer and power it back on, you’re doing some kind of a reset. You’re also giving your machine some time out. Hours of printing can take a toll on your printer and cause one error after another. An often overlooked tip is restarting the machine. Let it power down completely and rest for a while, then turn it back on. Do a print test. The printer should work now.

2. Check your connection

The cable that links your computer to the printer is an important accessory. Connect it right and you’re halfway to getting your printing done. Connect it wrong and you’ll be stuck with a plastic box and not a printer. The printer end of the USB cable must be functional just as the end that is on your computer. You may need to try a new USB cable to rule out that as a problem. You can also check for breakages in the cable.

3. Update your printer drivers

Not updating your printer drivers can prevent you from being able to print. It can make your printer not work as it should. To get started, visit https://epson.com/Support and type in the model number of your device. Hit the search button. You should see your Epson printer model in the results section. Select your model and click on it. A section will appear showing you where to click to download all the drivers your printer needs.

4. Clean the print head

The printhead is the part of your printer that delivers ink to your paper and completes the printing process. It needs to be clean to do its job. To do this, get a small, clean cloth and sprinkle some distilled water on it. The water will make the cloth wet enough to wipe off any dried ink and grime. Turn off the printer and remove all cables connected to it as well as the ink cartridges. Take the damp cloth and rub it gently on the printhead until it is clean. As soon as you’re done, put back all the parts and reconnect the printer using all the cables.

5. Change the ink cartridge

If your ink cartridge is not a match for your printer or has ink in it that is dried out, get a new one. Try to get a genuine one from Epson to prevent further problems. Be sure to always leave ink cartridges in the printer even if they are empty ones. It helps to keep the printhead from drying out.

Epson printers are good quality devices that every home and office should have. These tips should enable you to solve the issues with printing and get back to producing documents and pictures.

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  • Keith Rowland is a seasoned electrician who enjoys fixing faults in home appliances and electronics. Being someone who loves writing, he shares on this blog, DIY tips on how to fix various devices within a few minutes. When he's not fixing stuff or writing a new blog post, he's playing with his two cute girls and their mom.