How to fix Canon printer error codes?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

A canon printer error code is a code that is associated with a specific error that occurs with Canon printers. These codes are used by Canon to help troubleshoot and fix printer problems. There are a variety of different error codes that can occur, and each has a different meaning. Canon printer error codes can occur for a variety of reasons, such as a paper jam, a problem with the ink cartridges, or a problem with the printer itself.

1. Check printer for any loose cables and reconnect if necessary

  1. Check the printer for any loose cables.
  2. Reconnect any loose cables.
  3. Check the printer for any other errors.

2. Run the printer's self-cleaning cycle

  1. Start by turning off the printer.
  2. Next, unplug the power cord from the printer.
  3. Once the power cord is disconnected, wait for the printer to cool down. This may take up to an hour.
  4. After the printer has cooled down, remove any ink cartridges from the printer.
  5. Once the ink cartridges are removed, clean the contacts on the cartridges with a lint-free cloth.
  6. Once the contacts are clean, reinsert the ink cartridges into the printer.
  7. Now, plug the power cord back into the printer.
  8. Turn on the printer and wait for it to initialize.
  9. Once the printer is on, open the printer's properties dialog box.
  10. Select the "Maintenance" tab and click on the "Run Cleaning Cycle" button.
  11. The printer will now begin the self-cleaning cycle. Once the cycle is complete, the printer should be working properly again.

3. Check ink levels and replace cartridges if necessary

If you see a message saying that your Canon printer is running out of ink, you can check the ink levels and replace the cartridges if necessary. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Canon printer's control panel and navigate to the ink levels menu.
  2. Look at the ink levels for each color cartridge. If any of the cartridges are low, you will need to replace them.
  3. Remove the old cartridges from the printer and insert new ones. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when doing this.
  4. Once the new cartridges are in, close the control panel and try printing again.

4. Clean the print heads

  1. Start by turning off your Canon printer.
  2. Next, unplug the power cord from the back of the printer.
  3. Then, remove any ink cartridges from the printer.
  4. Once the ink cartridges are removed, take a look at the print heads.
  5. You will see that there is ink build-up on the print heads.
  6. In order to clean the print heads, you will need to use a damp cloth.
  7. Gently wipe the print heads with the damp cloth.
  8. Be sure to avoid scrubbing the print heads.
  9. Once you have wiped the print heads, replace the ink cartridges.
  10. Finally, plug in the power cord and turn on the printer.

5. Perform a power cycle (turn printer off, then back on again)

  1. First, turn off your Canon printer.
  2. Next, unplug the power cord from the printer.
  3. Allow the printer to sit for a few minutes.
  4. After a few minutes have passed, plug the power cord back into the printer.
  5. Finally, turn on your printer.

6. Update printer drivers

  1. Download and install the latest printer drivers from the Canon website.
  2. Connect the printer to the computer and turn it on.
  3. Open the Devices and Printers control panel.
  4. Right-click on the printer and select Properties.
  5. Select the Driver tab and click the Update Driver button.
  6. Select the Browse my computer for driver software option.
  7. Select the folder where the new drivers are located and click OK.
  8. Click Next to install the updated drivers.
  9. Restart the computer and try printing again.

7. Reset the printer

  1. Turn the printer off and unplug it from the power source.
  2. Wait for about one minute and then plug the printer back in.
  3. Turn the printer on and check if the error is still there.
  4. If the error is still there, you can try resetting the printer by pressing and holding the 'Reset' button on the printer for about 10 seconds.
  5. After resetting the printer, try printing something to see if the error is fixed.