Keeping Your Printer Alive and Well

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Keeping Your Printer Alive and Well

When you have to meet a deadline, nothing is more frustrating than an unresponsive printer. In addition to being technically annoying, malfunctioning printers can also be costly to repair and messy. However, if you can learn how to care and maintain your printer, you might be able to avoid surprise repair sessions before class starts. I want to teach you everything that I know about printers, so you should check out my blog. You will find information on everything from how to clean your system to how to calibrate those print heads. You never know, it could make things a lot easier for you one day.

Copy Machine Paper Jamming? How To Remove The Jam And Prevent It From Happening Again

If you have paper jams in your copy machine and it happens a lot, this can happen for many reasons. Fortunately, you may be able to fix this problem yourself. Below is some information on how you can remove the paper jam, and how to prevent this problem from happening again.

Remove Paper Jam

Turn off your copier, open the cover, and then open the paper tray to help you determine where the jam occurred. Once you see it, try to pull the paper out with your hands. Do this gently, as you do not want the paper to rip. Once the paper is removed, make sure there are no paper fragments left behind. If there is, you need to remove them because this can cause more paper jams.

Press the button on the control panel to clear any paper jam messages that are on the display screen. Try to copy something to see if your copier is working again.  If not, check the rollers to make sure there are no snags that could be causing the jam. If so, you will need to replace the rollers.

Prevent Paper Jams

The first thing you need to do is to clean up inside your copier to remove any dust build up. When you purchase copy paper, store it in a warm, dry place. Do not open any packs of paper until you are ready to use them. You should also not leave copy paper into the paper tray. This is because paper will absorb moisture from the air. If damp, the paper will stick together while it is sitting in the paper tray or in the reams of paper, which makes it difficult for your copier to separate the paper. If too much paper goes in at once, the copier will jam.

You should also only purchase high quality copy paper. Low quality paper may leave excessive dust buildup inside the copy machine, which will not only cause paper jams, but also cause lines on your images.

Use the right type of paper for your machine. The user's manual that came with your copier should tell you what standard weight paper you should use. You also need to make sure you use paper that is made to be used in copy machines and not printer paper.

If you continue to have problems with your copy machine, contact a copy machine service to come to your business to repair it for you.