How To Fix Epson Printer Error Code 031008

How To Fix Epson Printer Error Code 031008

Epson Printer Error 031008 is the most common error that you can come across while using the Epson machine. You may never have a second thought while considering a premium quality printer like Epson, in comparison no other printer can match its high standards.  

Epson workforce 4730 is one of the famous printers in the range but has a common error 031008 which is little problematic. Epson error code 031008 usually occurs due to improper insertion of the ink cartridges or the printheads.  Even dust accumulated in any of the printer components can be a cause of the error. You must have observed that this error occurs suddenly in the ongoing printing session. If you are still struggling with the Epson Printer Error Code 031008, then follow the guidelines below to fix the issue.

If in case you don’t amend your ink cartridge immediately when you see a low ink warning, it’ll result in faded or blank printouts. When used with a new cartridge, your printer prepares the print head for the new cartridge, this process is also called as priming. The negative aspect to this is when from time to time the printer pushes too much ink and the surplus ink would spread all over the print head where it ends up jamming the nozzles.

If in case you don’t turn off your printer, and keep it on sleep mode the Ink dry up in the nozzles when you don’t make use of it on a regular basis. Turning off your triggers the machine to run a mini-cleaning cycle and helps the ink flowing all over again. As mentioned beforehand, ink dry up when unused.

Knowing the common causes of clogged printheads can help you take the necessary steps to prevent them from happening. As the old adage goes, prevention is always better than cure.

Steps To Fix Epson Printer Error 031008

1. The first thing that you need to configure is your ink cartridges. Main issues that persist is due to low ink cartridges, which is the major cause of printhead or print quality issues. Replace your ink to a new one or refill the ink cartridges to run smoothly on your print qualities.

2. After you open your printer grab your printhead and slide it to the left. Make sure you shut off your printer to avoid any shock or physical damage.

3. If you suspect your printhead is blocked, the first thing to do is print a nozzle check pattern to find out which colors are affected. Select Tools and then click on Print Quality report.

4. If there are any error messages that appear on print quality report those error messages are to be resolved. And then select OK.  

5. Next, select Settings in the menu and then click Ok.

6. Now choose tools and click Ok.

7. Now in the tools menu select “Clean Printhead” and then click OK.

It is the printer’s self-cleaning cycle and your printheads are automatically cleaned.  This clears most of the blockage and could be run twice or thrice for better results. This method resolves the issue 95%of the times. If you still cannot fix the printheads and the printer still displays an Epson error 031008 you need to replace the cartridges with a new one.  Or for any other issue call the Epson Support and follow the guidelines.

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Loretta Anne Whetlor
3 years ago

I’ve just had the same error message. My printer is now 18 months old. Is this to make you buy a new one ?

3 years ago

Seriously, I’ve been working on this printer for so long trying to clear the 031008 error to no avail. I just bought all new cartridges nearing $80 and now I’m going to have to buy a new printer. I really researched and hoped that this printer would last longer than a year but I guess not. I would not buy this printer again and hope someone sees this before his or her purchase of it.

Juanita D. Waldrip
3 years ago

Hello. I have just tried your detailed solution over and over. I too replaced all the cartridges at a huge cost and bought a cleaning solution using a syringe with special fluid. Still the same printing error. They should recall this and perhaps we all should file a class action suit against Epson. This is a scam… more ink and frustrate yourself to solve a most probably built in obsolescence. My Epson WF-4730 is only one year old. I’m going to write to them. Sorry for all our futile efforts and lost expense.

M Fugere
3 years ago

I managed to recover from this 031008 Error on my EPSON WF7720, though it took some persistence. You do have to shut the printer off and turn it back on again, then begins a lengthy sequence of letting it tell you to do a nozzle check (but don’t do it, as it will just error out on 031008 again and force another shutdown). So, don’t do the nozzle check, and when you get to the main menu (hopefully) go to the Maintenance section, select “Change ink cartridges” so it will position the head so you can open it and pull them out. Take out all ink cartridges. I went in with a soft cloth moistened with some ISOPROPYL alcohol, and cleaned the area where they go in very carefully. Clean the metal fingers which contact the cartridges carefully so you don’t bend them – they are delicate and if you bend them out of shape you may be screwed. Clean any debris, paper dust, hair, etc you find in the area. If you have new ink cartridges, you can install them at this point. I still had a fair amount of ink left in mine, so I just put them back in, making sure they weren’t dirty in the contact area and were properly seated into position. Close up the printer and it will do its “print alignment” thing. IF it gets through it and you get a printout asking for which is best – you are probably going to be home free. If it doesn’t and errors out again like mine did, do the power cycle again and as you get to the point where you can go into maintenance mode again, select “Clean Printhead Nozzles” and select “ALL”. Let it try to clean them, and maybe it will work after. IF it fails again with Error 031008 (like mine did), get back through the whole power cycle a third time, again select the Clean Print Nozzles ALL and let it have another try. Finally, after this, it was able to clear the blockage and I was able to get back to printing. But, it is time consuming and aggravating. If you bought new ink cartridges and still encounter this error, you may be able to get some pointers from my story here to try to get back in action again. Best of luck in all things!

3 years ago
Reply to  M Fugere

Thanks you so much… Customer support couldn’t resolve the issue so I started looking for others that has had similar issues… I can across your post and tried it and it worked!!!!


3 years ago

Same here. 🙁

Printer only weeks old.
5 to 10 pages a day.
New cartridges.
Now 031006 Code with no way to access the menu.

What a blunder 🙁
..even more after obviously so many problems for various people.

Will never buy Epson again.

Cindy Middleton
3 years ago

Has anyone found a solution to this problem> I also have an Epson 4720. Brand new ink cartridges have just been put in. I printed three pages and got error code 031008. Nothing I tried has worked.

Jimmy E Youngblood
4 years ago

We bought a workforce pro 4720 2 years ago from best buy for her office . She works from home. It gets the code 031008. We went & bought all new cartridges, changed them out. That didn’t fix the problem. You would think the company would replace the machine or quit selling them. I bought a workforce 545 about 8 years ago & haven’t had any problem with it.

4 years ago

Brand new ink, paid $60 to replace them all, still shows the error. What a waste of money!!

Gina L
4 years ago

Having the same problem

4 years ago

My 4730 is showing low ink when I just replaced them. I have cleaned the print head nozzle also.