I'm afraid that I have no confidence in recent inkjet technology.
The problem (as I see it) is that in search of higher resolutions, the designs have pushed beyond the reliable limits of the science. Put simply, smaller holes through which the ink has to pass.
Then there's the highway robbery price of cartridges and spurious microchips embedded in them to force you to throw them away with ink remaining and not to use third party supplies.
And because the printers are almost given away (because the money's in selling you ink) the build quality quality suffers and you get basic mechanical malfunctions (as you've discovered).
Seriously, a laser printer will work every time, even when you've put it in a cupboard for a year. And the cartridges last for years in average domestic use.