Tips for Maintaining Your Laser Printer
& Buying Printer Parts
Summary Today’s laser printers may be relatively
trouble-free compared to their predecessors, but they are still complex
machines with precision components and moving printer parts. Fortunately, it
only takes a little care and know-how to keep them humming along. We’ll explore
some ways to prevent printer problems and how to purchase printer parts. Keep
in mind that consulting the printer's owner's manual about printer parts is
always a good idea before starting any printer maintenance procedure.
Preventative Maintenance for your Printer
Cleaning your laser printer - The best
problem is one that never occurs. To keep your printer’s parts running
smoothly be sure to give them a regular cleaning. To clean your printer
and printer parts all you should need is a clean, lint-free cloth and maybe a
tiny vacuum cleaner. Always make sure the printer is off, unplugged, and cool
before you work on it. Carefully wipe down the outside and then the inside of the
printer. Avoid any sensitive printer parts the manual or warning labels point
out, but don't neglect the cooling fan and its grill. To keep the printer
clean while not in use, place a cover over the printer but be sure to remove it
before printing or it may overheat.
Use High Quality Paper – Damaged and low
grade paper may cause the printer to jam. Using high quality paper will
minimize the frequency of paper jams. Refer to your maintenance manual
because manufacturers will suggest the grade of paper that your printer
requires for smooth operation.
Buying Printer Parts
Ink, Toner, and other Printer Parts -Most
users are able to replace an empty ink or toner cartridge; these are designed
to be simple to work with. Adventurous users may be able to locate a broken
printer part, order a new one, and install it themselves. Before you do
anything with your printer parts, put on an apron or old shirt (ink and toner
cartridges can be messy.) Also, take off any loose jewelry or ties that could
get caught inside. Turn off the printer, unplug it, and let it cool.
Ink Cartridges - You can remove most inkjet
cartridges by lifting the printer's cover, waiting for the carriage to stop
moving, and carefully popping the empty unit from its socket. On some printers,
you may have to push a button or move a retaining lever to release the
cartridge. Follow the installation instructions that come with the new
cartridge and be sure to remove any protective tape or wrapping before you
insert the cartridge and snap it into place.
Toner Cartridges - If your laser printer is printing too lightly, it may be
time for a new toner cartridge. Turn off your printer, unplug it, and let it
cool. Next, open the printer's access panel and remove the cartridge according
to your manual's instructions.
Other Printer Parts - Most
printer parts are available for replacement if you feel comfortable to install
them. Because some printer and printer parts are made of plastic take care when
assembling or repairing them. Never force a printer part into place, stop
and reevaluate; it may just be that you are installing it incorrectly.
When replacing printer parts be sure to refer
to your printer manual for replacement or installation instructions. If you no
longer have the manual, know the make and model so that you are sure to order
the correct printer part for your printer. If you feel uncomfortable
replacing your own printer parts, don’t hesitate to seek advice or printer
Bio: Linda Dunkelberger is a freelance
writer and editor. “Tips for Maintaining your Laser Printer & Buying
Printer Parts” briefly explains some preventative maintenance and Printer Parts
advice. Marketpoint.com supplies printers, printer parts and
accessories and supplies.