Reseat or Replace the Print Head on a PIXMA iP7220

Article ID: ART142045 | Date published: 05/13/2015 | Date last updated: 02/20/2020


Learn how to remove, then reinstall or replace the print head on a PIXMA iP7220.


In certain cases you may need to remove, then reseat or replace the print head.

Follow these steps to remove the print head. Then follow the instructions further down on this page to reseat or replace it.

Remove the print head

  1. Make sure the printer power is ON.
  2. If the paper output tray isn't open, press the open button (A) on the front right side of the printer to open it.
  3. Lift the front cover. The print head holder will move to the ink tank replacement position.

    Front cover of printer shown lifted open

  4. Push the tab (B) on the ink tank you want to remove. Lift up on the side that has a tab, then pull straight back to remove the tank.

    Tab B on ink tank shown

  5. Repeat to remove the rest of the ink tanks (see image slide show below).
    Note The image below shows a PIXMA MG-series printer; however, the steps are the same for your PIXMA iP7220.

    Animated image shows the steps to remove the ink tanks

  6. After you remove the ink tanks, press and hold the Resume / Cancel button until the carriage moves to the right then back towards the center. Then release the button.
  7. Open the the inner cover (C) and push it down all the way to the bottom.

    Inner cover shown opened

  8. Pull the head set lever towards you. You may find resistance when the bottom of the lever hits the back of the front edge. The lever will move forward as it slides above that front edge.

    Figure shows pulling head set lever forward

  9. Use your fingertips to grab the top of the center tab and pull out the print head. The print head drops face down as you pull it out of the machine.

    Figure shows print head being pulled out


Replace or reseat the print head

  1. If the print head is new, remove it from the packaging.
  2. Hold the center tab of the replacement head with the front of the print head facing down (so you can see the green circuit board). Insert the two tabs on the front bottom corners into the rails on either side of the print head holder.

    Print head positioned to slide in, with green circuit board showing

  3. Slide the replacement print head into the machine. (As the print head slides in, it moves to an upright position.)

    Image show replacement print head sliding in

  4. When the print head is seated, push the head set lever towards the back of the machine.

    Head set lever being pushed to back of machine

  5. Reinsert the ink tanks into their proper slots  (see image slide show below). 
    Note The image below shows a PIXMA MG-series printer; however, the steps are the same for your PIXMA iP7220.

    Image shows tanks being reinserted

    Insert the front end of the ink tank into the print head at a slant. Make sure the position of the ink tank matches the label.

    Ink tank being inserted at a slant - top of tank (furthest from you) is slanted down

    Press on the top of the ink tank until it snaps firmly into place. Make sure that the ink lamp lights up red.

    Ink tanks clicking into place

  6. Close the inner cover and the top cover. The printer reinitializes and you are ready to print.

    Inner and outer cover being closed


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