Top 5 Common Printer Problems

Printers may present an enraging range of difficulties to consumers. Problems like flawed output quality, ink quickly running through, printing speed is too slow, and paper may regularly jam. Now and then, these printers just won’t print at all, and just stay there while you are going out of your mind. Luckily, a lot of these dilemmas are resolvable. Below are five common printer problems that you may encounter and useful tips on how to solve them:

1. The printer won’t print

A lot of possible reasons could cause this common problem, and sometimes it could be hard to diagnose because a lot of printers from different manufacturers are available in the market. First, check if the printer is plugged and connected to the computer. If it is a wireless printer, make sure the WI-FI is turned on, and you are connected to the right network. Next, check if the printer driver is updated because sometimes this problem is caused by outdated driver. This can be solved by installing or reinstalling the latest driver. Click the ‘All Programs’ button then the Windows Update, if you can’t find it on the list of updates you may search on the manufacturer’s website. If the printer still won’t print, check on the manufacturer’s website for troubleshooting instructions for the specific printer model.

2. The printed outcome is blurry, inaccurate, and the photos are low quality.

Your printer may have ran out of ink, or you may need to replace the toner cartridge. Check on the print queue for status information for low ink or toner messages. Low-quality photos are sometimes caused by printing on the wrong paper. Printers from different manufacturers may require a particular type of paper and using other paper may not result to the best quality. In the software setting, check if you are using the recommended type of paper and set it to photo printing. Sometimes, particles of ink may cause clogging so you may need to clean or replace old tanks.

3. Paper gets stuck in the printer very often.

Paper jam is often caused by misaligned printing paper. To avoid this problem, make sure the papers are properly stacked before printing. If this happens, check out instructions first on how to remove the jammed paper to avoid damaging the printer. Moreover, you can also check on the manufacturer’s website for troubleshooting instructions on paper jams.

4. The printer works too slow.

There are printers that work so fast and others just slows you down. However, you may make a slow printer work a bit fast. Except if you need top-quality work for an official report, print it in draft mode or using the lowest-quality setting there is. Avoid two-sided or duplex printing, since the printer has to turn over the document to print both sides, which can greatly slow down the process.

5. The printed text looks second-rate.

Whether you’re using laser or inkjet, just ensure that your print settings are spot on. If you’re using draft mode, shift to top-quality mode (although it’s going to lower down your printing speed). Just make sure that type of paper that is listed on the screen is what you are printing on.
Using laser printers usually means a toner that has settled; take out the cartridge(s) and shake it for a few times side to side. Sometimes, a cartridge reacts to this, although ultimately its toner is going to run out and is going to need replacement. For inkjets, you can clean its nozzle or try a print head alignment, which you can launch through the maintenance menu in your printer. If these things don’t help, you can also try changing the cartridges as well (however you might get a warning if they are low)