Equipments need maintenance from time to time to ensure smooth operation. Printers also need check-ups even if everything is working great to minimize the risk of having a breakdown when you need it most. Frequent maintenance may increase the life of the printer.
Here are some simple steps that you can do to maximize the life and productivity of your printer.
1. Shut down the printer and leave it for some time so that its parts will cool. Some parts of the printer get very hot during use, and it may burn your skin if you touch it immediately. It is advisable to cool the printer for at least half hour. To shorten the cooling process you may use an electric fan. Using an electric fan increases the flow rate of air close to the printer thus taking more heat. It is also not advisable to do the maintenance if the humidity is high because there is a possibility that the water vapor may condense on the internal parts of the printer.
2. Remove the cartridges. Be careful and check if there is a lock in your cartridge. After removing the cartridge, put it in an area where it is not exposed to sunlight. You may also place it in a dark plastic bag. Exposure to light could damage or shorten the life of a printer cartridge.
3. Remove the pick-up roller. Usually, there are two plastic tabs on both sides of the roller, push it away, and you may now roll the roller to the front of your printer. You may now raise the roller from the printer.
4. Clean the roller using a soft cloth. Rollers usually have residue from toner, dust, and dirt. To remove the dirt that has stuck in the roller you may also wet the soft cloth with warm water or alcohol and do not use detergents. After cleaning the roller, inspect it visually to see some sign of damage. Since it is still working when you disassembled it, you do not need to replace it immediately even if there is some damage. It will at the same time work, but you have to allocate some budget or buy a new roller so you may have a spare for future use.
5. Clean the internal components. If you have a small vacuum cleaner with small tips, you may also use it to suck the dust in the printer's internal parts but don't let the tip touch the printer's components. Try to keep at least 3 millimeter distance between the tip of the cleaner and the components.
6. Clean the external surfaces. When cleaning the surfaces it is best to use soft and damp cloth. Today, there are several available products that can be used to clean the surfaces. It is also advisable that you keep a separate cloth that will only be used to clean the printer. If you are using an old cloth that has been used in cleaning before, chances are it contains some dirt that is enough to scratch the surface.
Follow these simple steps and it will make your printer go the extra mile, and it will minimize your cost of having repairs.