It’s a good question, one that I get asked quite frequently. It’s not that I’m disheartened by the question – I’ve been asked it hundreds of times in my career as a professional printer owner and user. It’s just that buying new printers every time one breaks down can cost you a fortune, while printer repair can actually save you money and time if you do it right. Here’s why you should consider repairing your printer:
Why should you consider repairing your printer?
With today’s printers, getting a new one is often not cost-effective. In fact, it’s a bad idea! The reason being that in order to make a new printer, you have to pay twice as much as you would for a “retro” printer. Even if you do manage to find a bundle on sale that has a decent amount of unused ink, it usually won’t be worth the money. You also waste a lot of time finding one that fits your needs, printing capabilities and other specifications.
Why should I repair my printer?
So now we come to the question, “Why should I repair my printer?” The answer is simple – your printer is probably older than most of us. Some printers have significant print problems that have accumulated over time. These problems can include tons of pages of unreadable text, lots of smudging, and even clogged or jammed drum cartridges. They can also cause serious delays. If these problems are ignored, you can be spending hours, even days, trying to get your computer to print out something that is simply out of reach.
It’s better to spend the money to get a printer repaired, get a driver update and have it fixed than to spend days, weeks or maybe even months to get it fixed. In addition, some issues with printers have to do with functionality. While a toner cartridge may stop working, if the printer’s print area has gotten jammed with dirt or dried out, you will not get any prints.
Other common problems include a bad monitor, power problems, flickering lights, software malfunctions and so on. There are times when you will know exactly what the problem is before calling the manufacturer. However, sometimes you will need to fix your printer yourself. Sometimes you will not even be able to tell which is the problem until you have read through a few manuals and you have found the appropriate hardware and software solutions.
What are the things to consider when getting your printer repaired?
Whether your printer is old or new, if it consistently produces broken printouts, you should consider fixing it. First, if the printer is still covered by the warranty, you should try to get the original paper and ink out of the printer. Next, you should try disconnecting all of the connections from the printer, one by one, and see if one of them is blocking the light from shining through. It could be that the ribbon that holds the ink in is not connected to the light source itself, or it could be that there is a small stuck pixel inside the LED.
Once you have done this, you should carefully look at your reset button to see if you can reset the printer to a previous “save” setting. This may mean that you will have to go into the electronics part of your computer and remove the memory card. After this, you should connect the printer back to your computer and use the normal reset switches and buttons to put it back to factory settings. Finally, you should reinstall any needed drivers and software and probably take a look at some of the user’s manuals to see what other troubleshooting steps you might need to take.
Are modern printers worth repairing?
The answer depends on your situation. If the printer is still covered by the warranty, you should definitely try to get the parts. However, if the printer failed after you had replaced its software and driver, or if your printer stopped working for no apparent reason, then it might be time to consider replacing it entirely. Luckily, today’s technology allows us to get almost any kind of problem solved, so if you are having issues, click here and ask for help from a professional printer repair company in order to resolve the problem with the right person of expertise.