5 Most Common Problems With Laser Printers

There is nothing special about laser printers compared to other electronic gadgets. Even with the finest of care and attention, they will still have their fair share of performance concerns.

The most typical problems with laser printers are listed below. While you can usually count on our recommendations being spot on, it never hurts to verify. If you need specific instructions for your laser printer, you should consult the user manual or visit the manufacturer's website.

Toner Smears or Does Not Adhere to Page

Your printer's toner may not be sticking to the paper because of a worn fuser assembly or a flawed toner cartridge. Remove the toner cartridge from your printer and give it a gentle shake to see if that helps before you run out to buy a new one. Replace it in the printer's housing. Have you managed to resolve the issue?

If that does not work, then you should probably try putting in a new toner. When you are done replacing the toner cartridge, turn the printer back on and try printing again.

Paper Jams

Paper jams are a typical issue with laser printers. Grime, dust, worn rollers, or the wrong paper weight are the most common causes. Cleaning your printer on a regular basis is the simplest thing you can do to avoid paper jams.

Also, switch out worn components. Finally, make sure you are using paper that is within the printer's weight specifications.

Poor Print Quality

Low toner, incorrect print density settings, or a malfunctioning printer setting are to blame for poor print quality. Check to see that your printer is not set to "draft" or "ink-saving" mode.

Not Printing

These instructions may seem like stating the obvious, but please double check that you delivered the print job to the correct printer.

It is possible that you are sending dozens of print jobs to the printer in the next cubicle, to a virtual printer, or to some sort of document imaging software. If that was the case, you will need to make sure your printer is set as the default on your computer's setting.

The next thing to do is make sure the paper tray has adequate supplies of the right kind of paper. Make sure that the printer is turned on while you are at it. There is a chance it was turned off by mistake. Perhaps the IT department performed a system update that caused the printer to go offline and was never reactivated. In all honesty, that is why you should never assume anything.

If you are ever unsure or all else fails, just restart the printer. If it does not help, try restarting your computer.

Finally, power off your printer for a few minutes before restarting it. Restarting the laser printer often fixes the most common issues.

Skewed Printing

Check out the paper bin if you have not already. Verify the paper's alignment using the tabs and guides. A minor error might have disastrous consequences for what comes out of the printer.