Over time, dirt and gunk builds up a printer as it hums along normally. This can come from dust, ink particles, paper particles – anything in the air or put into the printer can give off particulate matter that collects in all sorts of places. Eventually, without maintenance, a printer or copier will seize up. It seems as if this happens mysteriously, but really, it’s a result of gradual buildup of dust and gunk.
Your printer or copier manual should contain instructions on how to open up your printer, so for a good, satisfying, and effective printer or copier cleaning session, you should take every part off your printer that you can, and lay them all out safely in a clean area. However, make sure you know how to get it back together, or you’ll end up with a pile of useless electronic parts.
After taking everything apart, use cans of compressed air (found at any local electronics or computer store) to blow dust, grease, and grime out of every crevice, crack, nook, and cranny that you can find. This will instantly refresh the printer’s speed and efficiency. After cleaning, carefully put your high-powered printing and copying apparatus back together again.
Another concern for any heavy user of a printing and copying apparatus is that, over time, moving mechanical parts may degrade due to natural wear and tear. This is problem that cannot be fixed with compressed air. Wear and tear related breakage results in much more catastrophic failure than dirt and grime buildup, so it’s of the utmost importance to make sure none of your parts are close to wearing out.
The parts most susceptible to wearing out are any type of gear assembly, especially since many printers are built with cheap plastic gears prone to losing teeth faster than a pirate who hasn’t had a lemon in four months For this, you should call a technician who has been certified in printer and copier maintenance by the manufacturer or dealer of your printer and copier!
Overall, it’s a really, really good idea to get your printer and copier serviced regularly, so you don’t end up banging at it in frustration a couple months down the line.