HP Officejet 4500 - Information about ink cartridges

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Information about ink cartridges

The following tips help maintain HP ink cartridges and ensure consistent print quality.

If you need to replace an ink cartridge, wait until you have the new ink cartridge
available to install before removing the old cartridge.

CAUTION: Do not leave untaped ink cartridges outside of the product for an
extended period of time. This can result in damage to the ink cartridge.

Keep all ink cartridges in the original sealed packages until they are needed.

Turn off the HP All-in-One by pressing the

(Power) button located on the product.

Wait until the power light turns off before unplugging the power cord or turning off a
power strip. If you improperly turn off the HP All-in-One, the print carriage might not
return to the correct position causing problems with the ink cartridges and print quality
issues. For more information, see

Turn off the device


Store ink cartridges at room temperature (15-35° C or 59-95° F).

You do not need to replace the cartridges until print quality becomes unacceptable,
but a significant decrease in print quality may be the result of one or more depleted
cartridges. Possible solutions include checking the estimated ink levels remaining in
the cartridges, and cleaning the ink cartridges. Cleaning the ink cartridges uses some
ink. For more information, see

Clean the ink cartridges


Do not clean ink cartridges unnecessarily. This wastes ink and shortens the life of the


Work with ink cartridges

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Handle ink cartridges carefully. Dropping, jarring, or rough handling during installation
can cause temporary printing problems.

If you are transporting the product, do the following to prevent ink leaking from the
print carriage or other damage from occurring to the product:

Make sure you turn off the product by pressing the

(Power) button.

The print carriage should be parked on the right side in the service station.

Make sure you leave the ink cartridges installed.

The product must be transported sitting flat; it should not be placed its side, back,
front, or top.

Related topics

Check the estimated ink levels

Clean the ink cartridges