I think the problem is explained here earlier on this forum ...
... "The problem is that the printhead has an internal leak between the black and yellow channel. This is unavoidable with use no matter even with OEM ink. It is a design/fabrication weakness where the printhead delaminates or cracks at a weak spot that fatigues. It is usually between the yellow and black, so it is spot on."
My Artisan 1430 is for personal use, and is not used commercially. My workaround is to first print a file containing large yellow rectangles to purge the black ink from the yellow before I print a colored document. ... See attached "purge yellow" file.
Up to now I have been a loyal Epson Ink user. I didn't want to waste the ink from the over $20 dollar each ink cartridges and prematurely fill my waste ink tank with excessive cleanings. I decided to look for refilled ink cartridges if I wanted to continue to use the 1430 printer. I found a box of EZInk cartridges on Amazon for about $25. ... Seven cartridges includes an extra black cartridge. My first concern was will the printer recognize the cartridges. The first cartridge to be used was Yellow. So far it is working. I will soon need to replace the Black and Cyan cartridges. Fingers crossed.
MY QUESTION IS: How long before the Waste Ink Tank is full and the printer locks up? Is it triggered by the Copy Count or the Number of Nozzle Cleanings? How do I get the number of copies I've already printed from my Epson Artisan 1430 printer? I've searched the Internet, but so far I haven't found it. My computer is a MacBook Pro if it makes a difference.
Will a new Epson printer have the same problems with the piezo print head? Is the thermal print head (Canon) any better? I've read it operates at high heat. What would be a good replacement for the Epson Artisan 1430 printer?
I think printers with the bottled ink have waste ink tanks that can be replaced or "cleaned." That might be an advantage if the print heads keep working.
Thanks for any help.