Zebra Printer Head Cold Warning Explained

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Topic or Information

This document explains details related to the HEAD COLD WARNING, what it means, and how to turn it off.

Head Under Temp or Head Undertemp also apply to this document

Applies To

Zebra Printers with an LCD or Graphical DIsplay


Head Cold is a WARNING (not an error) and displays a printer condition typically related to the environment where it is being used. The warning is typically displayed at temperatures below 15 degrees C (59 F).  The printer is not at risk of permanent damage so it will keep printing. Since this is a thermal printer you may observe the print quality degrade with ambient temperatures below the warning value. The printer will warm as you print labels and typically you see the warning disappear and print quality improve.

Additional Information

There is a ZPL Command that allows you to set the Head Cold Warning indicator on or off.

Format ^MWa

where a = Y/N

= enable Head Cold Warning N = disable Head Cold Warning

( If no Y or N parameter is entered the command is ignored)

To turn the Head Cold Warning off


^XA^JUS^XZ (This saves the setting in printer memory) 

Note: You will not be able to confirm the command has been enabled or disabled since it is not a displayed parameter on the LCD Display or on the Configuration label.

Helpful Information

Sending data or commands to the printer using the Zebra Setup Utility Read More>>


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