The printer is known to play the background roll in the home or business office. We focus on computers support and desktop management more than printer upkeep and functionality. However, when the printer jams or becomes offline, rendered unable to print, our world comes to a standstill. There are a few methods you can employ to extend the life of your printer.
Cleaning the Inside of Your Printer
Over time, your printer will collect dust and various debris inside its walls. Keeping the inside free of dust and debris can be an effective preventive measure. Consider cleaning the inside every 3 to 4 weeks. Like with cleaning keyboards, a can of compressed air works impeccably.
Replace worn or old parts
Wear and tear happens to all things: knees, tires, and, yes, printers. Feed rollers, when worn, can conduce to paper jams through improper paper feeding. Over time, the surface of rollers becomes smooth and slippery, making it arduous for them to pick up paper in the paper tray. Replacing them lessens the frequency of paper jams. Furthermore, it reduces the chance of paper being misaligned when fed from the paper tray.
Use care whenever you are replacing parts in or on your printer. Most parts are made of plastic that may be highly susceptible to stress and will break, chip, or crack under pressure. Be mindful of the angles at which you are placing and installing parts.
Paper Quality, Toners and Loading
When loading paper, do not fan, or rapidly shake the ream of paper, before loading. Fanning a ream of paper does not reduce the frequency of paper jams. It may conduce to more paper jams as it produces static electricity, which causes the sheets inside to cling to one another.
Use of high-quality paper can reduce the number of paper jams, and thus, limit the amount of wear and tear on your printer. Consider upgrading to 24 pound paper from 20 pound paper. Refer to your manufacturer’s manual to determine the range of paper-types your printer can use.
Make sure you also buy brand name toners. This is especially necessary because these types of toners will match perfectly with the sort of printer you have. For instance if you have a Dell 2335, you must get the same model toner for your printer otherwise it would not fit. To browse for more toners such as the Dell 2335 Toner .
In addition, use high-quality labels when printing labels. Low-quality labels may peel off the backing paper and adhere to the surface of any part it comes in contact with inside the printer. This creates a nightmare, as printer parts will become useless and will need to be replaced.