Paper jam is described as a halt in the process of printing when the material gets stuck in a printer and unable to eject. One of the many ways we can solve this problem is ensuring that we use genuine inks or toners and quality paper for prints. Fortunately, paper jams are relatively easy to deal with if you can identify its cause and rectification. Here we will discuss its cause, ways to prevent and lastly how to rectify the faults.
What Causes Paper Jams?
- Loading the paper into the printer incorrectly – Probably the most common reason for a paper jam is that the paper hasn’t been loaded into the printer correctly. One way that you can do this is by overloading the paper, which is a pretty common problem. Another might be that you’re actually using the wrong type of printer paper, so make sure that you’re using the right type of printer paper for your printer e.g. if you want photo paper, use photo paper!
- Paper sticking together – Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this one, but often paper in your printer will get stuck together. This is pretty common with certain types of paper, and there’s not too much that you can do about it except ensuring that papers are stored in a dry place.
- Damaged rollers – Printer generally pass through rollers, rollers are usually long-lasting and unlikely to have issues with them, but sometimes older rollers can cause issues too.
- Using low-quality materials – Whether you are using low-quality paper or ink, both can interrupt the printing journey. Refilled cartridges or the low-quality paper can disrupt printing operations and causes paper jam.
How to Prevent Printer Jams
One of the best ways to deal with printer jams is to prevent them from happening in the first place. This is relatively easy to do, and there are a few things you’ll want to ensure you’re doing to prevent printer jams from happening at all.
- The most common reason for printer jams is probably because you’ve overfilled the paper tray – do not fill it up completely, and remember to always leave some space in the printer tray.
- Using decent printer paper is advised, as cheap quality printing paper is likely to cause issues with any printer, no matter the brand.
- Keep to using one type of paper in each stack, and try not to mix several different types of paper in one stack.
- If you have the option in your LCD screen, then make sure you let the printer know the type of paper that you are going to be using.
- Turn the printer off and make sure it’s maintained properly and cleaned when you’re not using it.
- Similar to when you’re playing cards, you can separate the paper from each other by flipping it.
How to Fix a Printer Jam
Printer jams are part and parcel of having a printer. If you’re dealing with a paper jam, there are a few steps to follow to ensure that you’re dealing with it correctly.
- The first thing to do is to make sure your devices are turned off. This can help to ensure that nothing is still running, the ink won’t go everywhere and you won’t injure yourself.
- Most of the time with a printer jam, the problem is immediately apparent. You should try to follow the paper’s journey through the printer to try and gauge where exactly it might have jammed. If you can’t tell, then try pulling the paper a little and see where exactly it’s jammed.
- Taking the cartridge out often makes it a lot easier to remove printer jams, so this is something you should do also, depending on the type of printer you have.
- Dependent on the effectiveness of your roller, it should be easy to pull the printer paper out from the printer.