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When we are busy, the last thing we need is for our office equipment to go on strike. There will always be slight mishaps, such as running out of ink or toner in the middle of a print job (because we were too busy to notice the warning signs), which will affect nearly everything on sophisticated combination printer/scanner/copier equipment, but these types of hiccups can usually be remedied quite easily. What is more concerning is when your laptop or PC stops ‘talking’ to your printer or copier, and no amount of fiddling on your side will re-establish the communication link. Is it the printer/copier which is at fault, or your PC? And what happens when the communication is fine, but the printer/copier is constantly jamming, producing poor quality prints, creasing the paper or producing dark or smudged copies? Time to call in the specialists!
As laymen – so to speak – we are not really expected to know, and neither do we really care, to be honest, about the full ins and outs of how computers and printers, scanners or copiers communicate with one another. It’s an accepted fact that they just DO. So what happens when, suddenly, they don’t? Is it a hardware or software (programming) fault which has developed over time and use and, more importantly, can it be repaired? We have to remember that machines still need human attention to keep them running smoothly, and equipment which is in constant high-volume use will eventually start giving problems. Like computers, sophisticated printing and copy equipment is controlled by very sensitive electronic technology and if this is not the problem, you need to look at hardware issues.
Let’s just look, very quickly, at some of the most common printer problems which can usually be resolved immediately:
Check the glass if you have a combined printer/copier/scanner for dirt on the scanner glass or mirrors. If using a laser-jet printer, it is possible that the heat fuser is failing and not setting the image properly. The drum or developer unit on multi-component copier systems could be malfunctioning, and vertical lines running vertically down the page could also be caused by drum-blade malfunction. If a simple fix does not resolve the problem, you need to call in the repair specialist, especially if the drum is beginning to fail.
The above advice is pretty much common-sense, especially if the printer or copier is used daily and with heavy output demands. If you want to keep your business or home office operating smoothly, make sure that your equipment is always in top-notch condition.
As printers and copiers are so much a part of our office, business and personal lives, and since they need to keep producing good quality prints for as long as possible, there will always be a need for repair specialists in this field. They can be found through the Yellow Pages, through flyers (although these are often random) and by asking cartridge and toner refill specialists for their recommendations. They can also be found easily through online searches using sites such as Uptasker. Uptasker lists in geographical locations, making it so much easier to find the right specialists in your particular area. Uptasker also provides online ratings and customer reviews, which will give you a good indication of the kind of service, reliability, quality and satisfaction value any repair specialist is able to provide, which is a great ‘peace of mind’ assurance. Where possible, Uptasker also provides one-click links to websites, which is a great convenience when using this site. Of course, you could also ask for word of mouth referrals where possible!
There are many things which are beyond the abilities of the average person. Most of us are not particularly gifted when it comes to technological matters, which is why there are specialists who deal with the more complex matters of life. Whilst we can sort out commonplace problems fairly easily, printers and copiers are amongst those machines which can easily defeat us when the problems are more complex, mainly because we lack the requisite spares and know-how. Why struggle to fix a problem which is beyond your scope of knowledge, when you can call the repair specialist to sort it out without fuss and wasted time? For more tips, see our printer and copier repair specialist articles.
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