Extending The Life Of Your Printer

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Printer Maintenance Tips - Extend the Life of Your Printer

Printer Maintenance Tips - Extend the Life of Your Printer

Use these tips to help extend the life of your computer's printer. Just be sure to check out the manual first to make sure you don't make things worse.

  1. Clean the inside of your printer: It's easy to do if you look for excess paper dust or other debris whenever you open up your printer. And once a month or so, use a can of compressed air to blwo the dust and debris out of the printer.
  2. Don't use bent, torn, or used paper: Damaged paper can cause paper jams, and sometimes it can be hard to free from the printer without damaging the sensitive inside parts.
  3. Avoid cheap paper. It might seem cost-effective, until that cheap 20 lb paper jams up your printer and breaks something. A quality paper manufacturer's 20lb paper may be okay for internal use, but you really should consider using 24lb paper for print jobs that need to shine, or to preserve your printer's performance by avoiding the jams. Also, if you use the cheap stuff, and it doesn't mean the minimum published standards of the printer's manufacturer, they will often use that to void the warranty in case of printer damage.
  4. Don't fan your paper before loading it. Unless you are using your printer in a high-humidity environment, you don't need to worry about static in paper causing jams. In fact, fanning it will increase the static in pages and increase your chances of jams. If you have a high-humidity working environment, store your paper before use in a low-humidity, cooler location. Sealed crates with a lid can help there.
  5. Only use high-quality labels. Cheap labels are even more dangerous than cheap paper. Cheap labels can peel off when sent through the fuser or around a roller, coming off the backing and attacking your printer's insides. And labels are hell to clean off the insides compared to paper jams. Don't destroy the insides of your precious printer by saving $1 on a box of labels.

Maybe those seem like common sense. Maybe they are. But they are important. Unless you like buying printers every six months. No thanks.

Have you ever wrecked a printer with any of the above? Any words of wisdom to add to mine to save everyone pain and anguish?