5 Common Printing Problems and Troubleshooting
When the printer doesn't function well it's easy to become frustrated. You lose precious business time and productivity will suffer.
But many problems can be solved with some DIY solutions. To help you get your printer working again, here is a list of common printer problems and solutions:
1. Unresponsive Printer
Always be sure to check the printer:
Power - switched on
Paper - have sufficient paper/paper stuck in printer
Cables - all necessary cables are connected
Wireless connection - wireless connections are working
Printer ink or toner cartridges - out of ink or toner
2. Printer not printing
The easiest solution is to restart your printer. If that doesn't work, check if you selected the correct print job for the right printer otherwise you'll be sending it to the wrong department printer.
If your print driver has a two-way communication feature it will warn you about what might be causing your issue.
3. Bad Print Quality
Try these quick and easy fixes for better quality. If the problem still persists, the issue is most likely due to the supplies or hardware.
Check if the print driver has the correct paper or media selected
Choose the appropriate print quality settings for your printed pages
Check if there's any damage to your toner cartridges, imaging unit, and the fuser
If there are smudge marks, print several blank sheets of paper and they will fade away
4. Paper Jam
Common reasons for paper jams are objects loose inside the printer, overfilled paper tray, or improperly inserted paper.
Inspect the printer for jammed papers and be careful not to tear it as it may get caught between rollers.
If there is a misaligned paper, remove the tray and reposition the paper correctly and reseat the tray.
5. Printer takes too long
If you're printing high-quality images, that may be the cause of it as has more data for it to process which causes slow printing time.
Another solution is switching from duplex mode (using both sides of the paper) to simplex mode. You’ll use more paper but takes lesser time to print.
Overall, having a printer is essential for businesses but when it goes faulty it can be very troublesome. But with some quick and easy DIY solutions, it can be solved in minutes. Take note of these tips as you never know when you might need them in the future.
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