HOW TO PREVENT PAPER JAMS IN PRINTER

Monday, May 25, 2009 Posted by Suchismita

PC Loader is perhaps the most annoying error message. It has been the cause of much stress in most work places.
If you have found yourself promising to throw the printer off the next time there is a paper jam or printer malfunction, then you are not alone. But before the printer bears the brunt of your ire, here are some precautions you can take.


Loosen the sheets

Often sheets tends to stuck to each other,so while loading paper ensure you fold the stack with the objective of loosening the sheets. The quickest way to do this is to roll the stack diagonally twice in opposite directions.

Store in a cool, dry place

While printer sheets are in storage, make sure the packet is protected from humidity. We recommend storage paper in a ziplock bag with a small pack of silica gel.

Do not overload sheets

If your printer has a paper tray, don't fill the tray to capacity. If you are encountering frequent paper jams, reduce the amount of paper you place in the tray each time it is filled.

Slider & tray alignment is important

Make sure the tray feeding the paper into the printer is aligned properly and/or the slider used to hold the paper in place in the tray is snug with the paper. Many printers have sliders that allow different types & size of paper to be fed the printer. If the slider is not properly positioned it can cause paper jams.

Which paper?

Use standard office paper- folded paper, paper with labels, and specialty paper such as hard bound paper can often cause paper jams. Your printer documentation will list the paper types of paper compatible with your printer.

Don't mix & match

Do not mix the types of paper you are feeding into the printer at one time. If you need to change the type or size of the paper, remove any other paper currently in the printer before inserting the new paper.

Look under the hood

Examine the printer for any previous stuck paper in the printer. Previous paper jams, torn paper, printing labels or other foreign objects in the printer can cause reoccurring printer jams.

Keep the printer clean

Dust, ink or toner buildup inside the printer can lead to jams, and even lesser the print quality. Most printers have a built-in cleaning system. The printer may run several pages through the printer during the cleaning process. Your printer's user guide may also advise you to dust the outer parts of the printer, including the paper trays.
But remember to use only recommended cleaning agents.

Get to your printer

As you use your printer, you may notice that it often jams when printing on certain types paper, or may be loading in a certain way works better. These quirks can be annoying, but you can often save time by keeping these in mind.


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1 comments:

  1. Bill Wright said...

    What size Silica Gel packet should I use? I googled Silica Gel Packets and came up with a number of options, at SilicaGelPackets.com they offer several sizes from 1/2 gram to 448 gram... what size is needed to store with about 1 ream of paper? Can I just put a packet inside the case/box as well? Would this be sufficient or is covering in plastic bag needed even for case packs?