Tuesday Tips: 3 Ways to Prevent Paper Jams and Keep Your Printer Running Smoothly

3 Ways to Prevent Paper Jams and Keep Your Printer Running Smoothly

You finally sent your final document to the office printer. Instead of your printout, though, all you see is an indicator showing it’s jammed. Why does this always seem to happen? Here are 3 things you can do to keep any printers, including multifunction printers and all in one printers, from jamming in the future.

1. Make Sure the Paper Tray is Not Overloaded

It can be tempting to fill the paper tray all the way to the top to reduce the number of times you have to refill the tray. Unfortunately, overloading the paper tray can lead to jams when the paper lifts above the edge of the tray.

2. Don’t Mix Paper Types in a Single Tray

You may have a special print job that requires nonstandard paper. While it can be tempting to just put a small stack of specialty paper on top of other paper in the tray, this can lead to paper jams when there is a difference between one piece of paper and the next. Remove paper from the tray before stocking your specialty paper, then put the original paper in the tray once your job is finished.

3. Check Paper Quality

The quality of the paper in the tray can cause many printers to jam. If your printer jams, check for and remove paper with the following characteristics:

  • Wrinkled or folded
  • Curled at the corners
  • Damp or moist
  • Otherwise damaged