Almost anyone would find it disappointing that after a gruesome task of typing or encoding documents, the printer failed to print. If you’re in such a hurry, maybe you’d just find a kiosk or printing shop than try to fix the printer. But the best solution would be to troubleshoot where the problem of the printer is, and try to solve it. Here are some of the tips on fixing printers:
Prevention is better than cure: so clean your printer. You should cover the printer when not in use to avoid dust from accumulating inside it. Dust and dirt could clog the printer head. Also, you could use small vacuum or compressed air to clean it. To clean the cartridge head, you can try using either moistened Q-tip (with either alcohol or just water).
Another tip on fixing the printer is running the Utility Maintenance at least once a week (even though it consumes a significant amount of printer ink). An alternative would be to print one colored page document which consumes less amount of ink. Frequent use of printer avoids drying up or clogging of the nozzle or head of the cartridge where the ink comes out.
The utility maintenance has different functions: head cleaning, print head alignment, ink replacement, nozzle check, among others.
Check the status monitor of the printer. Most often, you’d see that the printer needs maintenance when there are gaps or faint areas or streaks that appear when you print any document, misaligned print outs, and clogged nozzles. Utility maintenance can be used to fix the printer.
Another problem for failure to print is the insufficient ink supply. Replace printer ink cartridges if the printer prompts you to. You can use the maintenance utility for this.
A simple trick on fixing the printer when it comes to paper jam is by reinstalling the papers the correct way. If this didn’t fix the printer problem, check the paper path if there are any blockage and remove it (usually papers/dust).
Check for Error Messages
The printer has its own sort of tech support installed. There are error messages or codes that pop out when the printer fails to print. You have to be mindful of these. You can try fixing the printer by following the suggested resolution given by the printer or you can refer to the manual that came with the printer. Different models/types of printers have their own error codes and specific resolution to fix the printer, so check your manuals.
Hence, before you run to the kiosk or anywhere else in order to solve your printer problem, try doing these simple tips on fixing printers because in the long run, you’d benefit more from troubleshooting and fixing the printer. It would save you time, effort and money.
This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.