Unfortunately, inkjet printer problems are an everyday reality for many people. Rarely do these printers work exactly like you want them to, and they usually pick the worst possible time to start acting up. There are many advantages to an inkjet printer, including little warm-up time and a low printing cost per page, but sometimes they can be a pain to work with.
Luckily, many of the everyday problems experienced by inkjet users can be solved relatively quickly, and without help from a repairman.
Clogged Print Head: The print head is the part of the printer that actually dispenses the ink from the cartridge onto the paper. It is composed of many small holes that can get clogged after repeated use. These clogs result in long white lines running through text. Using a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol, you can dissolve the built-up ink. Afterwards, simply wipe the printer head clean with a tissue, and resume printing. It may be smart, however, to print a test sheet or two afterwards before resuming with important documents.
Paper Jams: Anyone who has spent more than a day in an office knows the frustration caused by paper jams. Though there are countless reasons a jam can occur, oftentimes they are the result of paper dust. After dealing with hundreds or thousands of sheets of paper, the rubber rollers that move the paper tend to gather dust and other debris. Cleaning them regularly can go a long way in preventing paper jams from happening. Compressed air will generally work, but rubbing alcohol is better for dissolving more persistent gunk.
Splattered Print Outs: If you are experiencing ugly ink spots on your prints, it is usually because ink has accumulated in areas where it is not supposed to be. The best action you can take is to clean your printer thoroughly with a slightly damp cloth, and clean any ink build ups you encounter with rubbing alcohol.
Blank Pages Or Nonsense Prints: These result from a compromised connection between the computer and the printer. Shutting them both down and making sure that all cords are firmly attached will oftentimes fix the problem.
These are some of the most common problems experienced by inkjet printer users, but they are by no means the only ones. Because inkjets are so inexpensive, they tend to have a shorter lifespan than other printers. If these problems persist and start to impair your ability to do your work, it may be more cost effective to replace the printer than continue to deal with the problems.
Inkjet and laser printers both have advantages and disadvantages and each works well for different situations. Whether an inkjet or laser printer is the right choice for you will depend a lot on how you plan to use it and what your specific printing needs are.