Printer Troubleshooting

3 Golden Rules of Laser Printer Maintenance

men's hands repairing laser printer

Technology has provided the world with tools to help ease work and living. One great example of such tool is the laser printer. This device significantly boosts mass productivity for any working environment. Volume printing is rather easy and affordable with such device. However, like any other equipment that is frequently used, it needs proper and regular maintenance. These golden rules should be followed for a successful laser printer maintenance practice.

Rule #1 Safety is Always the First Priority.
Before anything else, safety should always come first. This rule is not only meant to protect the user or the one assigned to do the printer maintenance. It also keeps the printer safe from substantial damages. To cite an example, unplugging the machine before the clean up is a good way of avoiding electrocution. Anti-static bracelets should also be worn to prevent machine damages caused by electrostatic.

Rule #2 User Manuals Provide Necessary Info, Follow it.
People especially those with less or no experience in performing laser printer maintenance often forget or ignore user manuals. This is a common case that often leads to machine damage which then causes problems with the printing operations. Manuals are the manufacturer’s way of guiding users as to how the machine should be used to maximize its capabilities. User manuals typically include proper maintenance procedures including how to replace the printer drum or necessitate ink and toner refills. Follow it to ease the difficulty of the process.

Rule #3 Do not Hesitate to Call a Professional if Needed.
Mistakes may be done in the process of the laser printer maintenance. Information as to how to fix some basic problems is widely available in the internet. People usually try to solve the problem without considering the damages it may cause to the machine. Users especially those with less or no experience in troubleshooting can always opt to call a professional for these people can provide solutions. It is always best to call an expert to avoid digging a deeper hole.

HP LaserJet 4200 Q1338A 38A Refurbished Maintenance Kit

HP LaserJet 4200 Q1338A 38A Refurbished Maintenance Kit

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Maintenance kits, ink and toner refills or replacement printer drums could be a little too pricey. Compatible counterparts from third party manufacturers could be used instead of expensive genuine products. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg, aftermarket consumables and parts can perform similarly as genuine counterparts but at a lower cost.

Brother DR-350 DR350 Remanufactured Drum Unit

Brother DR-350 DR350 Remanufactured Drum Unit

Rules are usually made to avoid confusion and chaos. In this case, these golden rules exist to prevent injuries and avoid costly slip-ups. Remember, the goal of laser printer maintenance is to keep the machine at its best conditions. It would be best to do it properly to keep maintenance costs on the lowest possible key. Consider alternatives such as ink and toner refills or compatible printer drums for further cost reduction.

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    Mark Finch
    October 27, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I like your article about laser printer maintenance. I like how you started by saying safety is always the first priority. It’s important to know that by being aware of the safety risk involved, the risk of damaging the unit and injury can be minimized. I agree that calling a professional is the best approach to maintaining laserjet printers due to how complicated the machine can be to those without experience with it.

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