Maintaining Your Printer

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To keep your printer functioning the way it should and making quality prints you are going to need to maintain it from time to time.

1.Clean Your Print Heads

At some point, you’ve probably seen a document come out of a printer with white lines running across the text or graphics that are missing ink, even though the cartridges are full. This means that the printer heads are clogged and need to be cleaned. Check out the manual that came with your printer or look on the manufacturer’s website to find out how to clean the printer heads on your particular model; many printers will self-clean with just a few clicks but can also be cleaned manually if you prefer. Just be careful not to clean the heads more often than necessary, as the cleaning process will use some ink.

2.Remove Dust and Other Debris

Build-up of dust, toner and other debris inside your printer can cause jams as well as streaks of ink that appear on papers where you don’t want them. A quick fix is to remove particles using a small vacuum. This is preferred over using canned air dusters because it removes the dust instead of spraying it around the inside of the printer. You can go further by using a cotton swab and purified water to clean the ink cartridges; most manufacturers will provide specific instructions in the printer manual or online. Be sure to read them because there are some parts of the cartridge you shouldn’t swab.

3.Take Caution When Handling Mechanical Problems

Always be mindful of the kind of force you’re using when fixing simple problems. When unplugging cords be sure to grasp the cable end firmly. (I cannot stress enough to NOT pull on the cable itself) Do not wiggle the cable head as you proceed to remove the connection from the device. If you experience a paper jam remove the paper as gently as possible. This is not to protect the paper this is to make sure you don’t break any rollers or print heads in the process. Each printer should come with instructions on how to remove a jam properly, but for the jams that require you to pull the paper jam out, use both hands an pull steady and slowly increase strength so you refrain from damaging the printer and tearing the paper and leaving more shreds in the printer.

4.Invest In A Maintenance Kit

If you’re willing to spend a little money to extend the life of your printer, you can order a maintenance kit from your printer’s manufacturer when the original parts begin to show signs of wear. These kits may include a range of maintenance products from cleaning supplies to changeable printer parts such as rollers, which, when dirty or worn out, are a common culprit in printer jams.

Of course, no printer is perfect – there will be occasional jams, smudges and errors. But with a little bit of easy printer maintenance, it is possible to greatly reduce the occurrence of these problems and streamline your printing experience. Take a glance at our reviews of the top all-in-one printers and find the one that best suits your needs so you can put these tips into practice and enjoy happy, stress-free printing.