Laserjet printers are often a bigger initial investment than their inkjet counterparts, and their toner cartridges can also get a little pricey.

However, in the long run, laserjet printers tend to be more cost-effective than inkjet printers– which makes the initial cost, and the cost of supplies, worth it.

Since your laserjet printer is an investment, of course you want to keep it working at optimum efficiency– after all, it provides an important service for you and your business. That’s why we’ve put together some basic tips for maintaining your laserjet printer to keep it printing for years to come.

Check those settings

Your printer is made up of a lot of tiny moving parts, which are calibrated to send paper through the machine and print an image onto it. 

You probably don’t think much about the calibration when you’re printing on a daily basis– in fact, you might not think about the printer’s calibration at all until an issue arises.

Your printer is most likely set to default, which typically means standard copy paper. But if you choose a thicker paper stock and don’t adjust the printer settings accordingly, you run the risk of doing serious damage to your printer’s inner mechanisms.

If you ever change the type of media you’re printing on, make sure you adjust the printer’s paper settings, too. This can help prevent paper jams or other issues that could be expensive and frustrating to repair.

Use the right supplies

Every so often, you’ll have to replace the toner cartridges in your laserjet printer. This process is fairly simple, but you should always make sure to choose the right toner for your specific machine.

All laserjet toner cartridges are not created equal, and the toner that works perfectly for one brand of equipment might not work for another. 

In fact, using the wrong toner– or even trying to save money by choosing an off-brand or remanufactured cartridge– can negatively impact print quality or even damage your printer!

Keep it clean

Just like anything else in your home or office, your printer accumulates dirt and dust throughout the day. But unlike knickknacks and other non-electronic items, dust can actually cause major problems with your printer.

That’s why it’s important to keep your printer clean.

Before you start cleaning, make sure you turn your printer off and unplug it, especially if you’ll be using any kind of cleaner or solvent during the cleaning process. You definitely don’t want to put yourself at risk of electric shock!

Laserjet printers tend to accumulate toner particles as well as dust; you can remove these with a clean, dry cloth to keep things running smoothly.

You should also pay attention to the rollers, and use a slightly damp cloth to clean any buildup you might see on them.

Seek professional maintenance

If the prospect of cleaning and maintaining your laserjet printer seems daunting to you, we get it! The inner workings of a printer are fragile, and any damage you might cause during the cleaning process has the potential to set back your work productivity.

At Central Business Equipment, our expert tech support and maintenance staff are here to provide professional insight and care. Regular maintenance of your equipment can keep things running smoothly, protecting your investment for years to come. Give us a call today– we’re here to help!