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5 Common Problems with Laser Printers

Nothing is more frustrating than when your printer stops working. In an office environment, it can cause missed deadlines and frustrated co-workers. At home, it can lead to hours of wasted time.

In today’s technologically forward world, everyone should know the basics when it comes to fixing common problems with laser printers. Here are a few of the most common issues, and how to address them:

  1. Paper jams: paper jams are often caused either by worn or dirty rollers or the wrong paper being used within the printer. To lessen the chance of paper jams, either clean the printer regularly or schedule bi-annual cleanings with a reputable laser printer repair shop. Additionally, always reference the manufacturer’s manual to ensure you are using paper suited to your printer.
  2. Ink is faded:  it is frustrating to finish a project only to see that it looks faded after printing. This is normally caused by three reasons: a) low toner b) the print density is set too low c) an economy setting is turned on within the printer.Checking/replacing the toner should always be the first step, but if this does not solve the problem, run a self-test to check the settings on the printer. You may want to increase the density on your printer or turn the economy mode off in order to darken the toner.
  3. Driver issues. Today’s PCs and devices receive constant updates to operating systems. This can wreak havoc on printer drivers. If you receive a driver error, you should consult your manual to ensure the right drivers are installed for your specific printer. You also can check the support sites at your manufacturer’s web site to see if new drivers are available.
  4. Toner specks.  Specks of inks scattered throughout a printed copy do not give a professional appearance and are basically an eyesore. Specks can be caused for several reasons, including rough-surfaced paper, damage to the drum unit (simply replace the drum), or a contaminated fuser unit, in which case you should contact a professional to fix the problem.
  5. Printer won’t print. This seems to happen only when you are in dire need of a document. If there are no error messages, always first check to make sure the printer is connected by either USB or ethernet cable. If it is wireless-enabled, ensure you are connected to the right network. Make sure you have the most updated drivers so your computer and printer can communicate accurately. Finally, consider reinstalling your printer to work out any bugs or corrupted files.
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