Printer copier, fax machines and other paper processing office equipment get paper jams. Sometimes it’s due to excessive wear of printer parts or copier document feeders. Paper jams will happen and require printer copier repair technicians. However, some jams are preventable and resolved easily without a printer or copier repair technician.

First, inspect the paper path from the feeder all the way out the printer copier. Turn off your digital copier or laser printer first. Check for paper clips, staples and excessive dirt. Remove any foreign material. Be careful of the fuser assembly which gets VERY HOT and can cause a burn.  If you see anything in the fuser wait until it cools down. Never use a metal or other hard object to stick into the fuser or you WILL CAUSE damage.

Second, If you find the sheet of paper inside the printer copier always pull the paper out in the direction of paper travel. Do not pull it out backwards.  Again be careful of the fuser assembly and turn the printer copier scanner off first.

Third, check to see if the paper you are using is within the specifications of the laser printer or digital copier. Do not use inkjet paper in a toner based photocopier or any laser printer. Most of the paper designed for ink based equipment has special coating that will damage fuser assemblies over time.

Forth, if the jams are happening at the paper tray or draw, then fan the paper. Check for static electricity. If the paper is sticking together then it can cause a jam.

Fifth, replace damp or moist paper. Do not store paper in a humid area and other the flip side if the paper is out it maybe too dried out.  Also, always make sure the paper is straight in the paper tray and adjust the paper guides so the feed rollers work better.

Finally, if you are not sure and you are in the Miami or Ft. Lauderdale areas of Florida contact Advanced Business Computers for additional laser printer or copier scanner repair help and maintenance.

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