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Thanks David. I just dropped it off to have it looked at by a local person - the nearest Epson service center is 25 miles away and I live in Atlanta! Crossing my fingers it is an inexpensive fix. The printer has been a real workhorse for me.


On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM, David Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Is the message Parts inside your printer are reaching their end of service life ? This message indicates that the porous waste ink pads inside your R1900 are near the end of their service life. There is an Epson bulletin on-line that reads:

If your product is displaying an end of life service message, please view and complete the required information below to proceed.

Please explain the message I am getting in my printer driver that says parts inside my printer are reaching their end of service life.
        Like so many other products, all Epson consumer ink jet products have a finite life span due to component wear during normal use. At some point, the product will reach a condition where either satisfactory print quality cannot be maintained or components have reached the end of their usable life. This is the normal product life cycle for highly mechanical devices like printers. This message is a warning that certain parts have reached the end of their usable life and that your printer will no longer work until it is serviced.

What parts are we talking about?
        The message refers to the ink pads, which are actually a number of porous pads in the printer that collect, distribute, and very importantly contain the ink that is not used on printed pages. Ink is collected by these pads during the initial setup of the product, during cleaning cycles and when printing borderless photographs. Most users will not receive this message before the printer is replaced for other reasons. Some high volume users or those who use the printer for many years may receive this message about ink pads before other components reach the end of their usable life.

Why does my printer stop functioning when I get the message?
        Epson is committed to ensuring the proper operation of all our devices to minimize the risks of property damage or personal injury during the lifespan of the product. The printers are designed to stop operating at the point where further use without replacing the ink pads could create risks of property damage from ink spills or safety issues related to excess ink contacting an electrical component.

Is there anything I can do to continue using my printer?
        Epson recommends replacing the printer, but if you want to continue using it, Epson recommends having the printer serviced at an Epson Customer Care Center. You may also be able to have the ink pads replaced by an independent service provider and use the Ink Pad Reset Utility to reset the Ink Pad Counter to continue using the printer. Please note that replacement of ink pads is relatively expensive and may not be a good investment for lower cost printers because the printers’ other components also may be near the end of usable life. Epson does not recommend ink pad replacement by users without technical training or resetting the Ink Pad Counter without replacing the ink pads


I have this printer but must not print as much as you. : > ) Hope this helps.
David lewis

On Aug 29, 2014, at 10:14 AM, Karen Ackoff <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Shut it off. Back on and try doing a power cleaning if that model permits it. If that doesn't work then you'll need servicing. 
K

On Aug 29, 2014, at 7:47 AM, Lore Ruttan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Morning Y'all,

My Epson R1900 has declared that it needs servicing. Has anyone had this happen and is it just code for "I'm dead and you need to buy a new printer"?

Thanks! Lore

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