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Keep Your Printer Running For Longer and Avoid Replacing It

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If you use your printer on a frequent basis, you want to make sure that it runs as efficiently as possible.

Here are a few ideas on how to keep a printer running longer.

Different types of printer

Hewlett Packard introduced the first PC printer back in 1984. Since that time dot matrix has come and gone, and laser and inkjet have replaced them. 3D printing looks to become the norm in forthcoming years.

Some printers offer a scanning option and others have built in Wi-Fi connectivity. The choice of printer is up to you, but once you have selected your model you need to keep it in optimum working order.

Keeping your printer clean

If you don’t clean your printer on a regular basis, you can run into all sorts of problems. One of the most common of these is the error message that is displayed following a paper jam. If you clean the print rollers with a soft, lint-free cloth soaked in distilled or bottled water you’ll be able to clean the printer’s rollers.

It’s vital that you unplug the machine before you start this procedure. Manufacturers recommend that printers be cleaned on a six monthly basis.

Cleaning printer heads is vital

If your printer is producing documents with missing words, or smudges, it’s a sure sign that the printer heads need cleaning. Some contemporary models will self-clean, but all machines will come with instructions that will show you how to mend the problem.

If you keep this vital component clean and unclogged, then you won’t have to embark on a costly replacement. A good rule of thumb is to clean the print heads each time you need to replace the ink cartridge. This action will prolong the life of your machine.

Dust can damage printers

Dust is the enemy of mechanical objects, and the printer is no exception to this rule. You can run over the workings of your printer with a small hand held vacuum in order to remove excess debris and dust. Alternatively you can use a small blower, similar to that used by watchmakers, or you can buy a purpose built compressed air container from a local office supplies shop.

Make sure that you use the machine frequently

If you leave your printer standing idle for too long, you may find it misbehaves when you do need to use it. In order to keep it in top working order, just switch it on at least once a week and run through and print a couple of sheets of paper.

This applies regardless of whether you use black ink jet cartridges or colour ones.

Protect your printer

If you work in a dusty environment, try to keep your printer covered when it’s not in use. Don’t tinker with your printer if you’re not sure what you are doing and always consult professionals for any complicated work.

If your heads need realignment and you don’t understand the instructions, try to seek the services of a professional repair service. This will be far cheaper than having to replace the whole printer because you’ve broken it.

Buy the right ink

This may sound simple, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of people who damage their machine by buying the wrong ink! Use a specialist ink supplier to be sure you’re getting the right ink.

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