A printer is an essential tool in the home office and other business or company. The home printer designed for personal use is different from the business printer. It has limited work and less durable.
So the printer needs more attention to maintenance. To be underlined, the matter of caring for and repairing the printer is not only left to the printer service provider but also the user.
By doing proper and regular maintenance, the user will have a printer that is more durable and can save money because there are no frequent repairs. Here is some advice to maintain your home printer in the best condition all year long.
1. Keep It Clean
The essential part of printer maintenance is cleaning the printer regularly. It is better to clean the print head at least once a month by removing the cartridge and wiping the head with alcohol-based cleanser stocks to clean the print head. To be underlined, do not use compressed air because it can leave dirt into places you cannot reach.
The easiest way to minimize the printer cleaning process is to cover the printer with a soft fabric or a particular printer cover after using the printer. Especially cover the paper area, which is susceptible to dust and dirt.
This is because the dust will enter and stick to the printer head. This condition will disrupt the quality of print and make the printer head quickly damaged.
2. Do Clean Head
The next step to maintain your home printer is to do clean head systematically. The purpose of doing this process is to get excellent print quality so the device will automatically clean the print head when required.
You also can do the clean head process if there are print quality issues, such as horizontal lines in the text, blank text, or faded prints. In general, many types of printers can do this maintenance or clean head process.
You only need to re-read the printer manual because each brand has a different way to do the cleaning. Do this head cleaning about 1-2 weeks only.
3. Use the Printer Regularly
Indeed, printers used regularly will be more durable than printers rarely used. The reason is printers often used will have a more optimal machine as long as the use of the printer is not excessive.
On the contrary, printers infrequently used tend to break faster because of dry ink. This problem can be more disastrous if rust and ink that dries and sticks for a long time on the printer head become difficult to clean. So, it is better to use a printer at least once a week.
4. Turn Off the Printer
It is better to switch the printer off when not using it for some time. Like a machine, a printer also needs time to rest.
Don’t try to put the printer on standby mode. Even standby printers still produce a lot of heat which can dry the printer headers and ink cartridges. So it can cause the header to clog up and damage the machine itself.
It is also necessary to pay attention to how to turn off the printer. Do not immediately unplug the adapter cable attached to the power line.
Turn it off by pressing the on/off button until all lights on the printer turn off. Press this on/off button for 2-3 seconds and wait for the lights to turn off. Then unplug the power cord from the printer and a USB cable that connects the printer to the computer.
5. Don’t Do Overload Printing
One of the mistakes that are often done by users is overprinting. Printer head has a working time limit. When users force printing in large quantities quickly, then the condition of the printer head will decrease. So the impact is reducing the printer’s performance.
The solution is to pause for a while when doing the printing. For instance, if you have to print 200 sheets, do it in stages. The first step is printing 25 sheets, then let the printer rest for a few minutes and then continue for another 25 pages.
6. Use Recommended Ink
To maintain the printer, always buy the branded cartridges suggested by the company. Most inkjet printers require a lot of money to refilling cartridges.
If you think you’d save money by using inexpensive cartridges you’d be doing yourself a disservice. Cheap and nonexclusive cartridges do more harm to your printer and cost you more money in the long run. They also generate low-quality printing and consume more ink than they use.
Especially if you want to mix one ink brand with another, this will produce clear color. So, never hesitate to buy the best-in-quality cartridges for your printer.
7. Change the Ink Before It Runs Out
In addition to refilling ink with brands recommended by the manufacturer, refilling ink before it runs out is also one of the recommended printer maintenance. The printer will experience an error if you use the printer when the ink is used up.
The delay of ink filling will cause the cartridge to be odd. When this happens frequently, the cartridge wills no longer work, and the printer will be broke.
8. Cartridge Performance Maintenance
Some user does this last advice to maintain the printer rarely, but it is quite effective to control cartridge performance. The first step is to make four circles in yellow, green, black, and red. It made by insert shapes in Microsoft Word program.
Next step is to print the image with the highest resolution. Perform this method once every 1-2 months to maintain cartridge performance in optimal conditions. This method can also be used to check the condition of the cartridge, whether it can print colors correctly or not.
Well, that is some ways to maintain a home printer. It is important to not leave the printer untouched for days so the ink will not dry up and the print header will not clog. It is also a good idea to spend in a maintenance kit for your printer.
Moreover, while purchasing spare parts for your printer, don’t compromise on quality. It is better to repair worn-out parts with original parts that match your printer’s model.