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Fixing a Paper Jam

Getting a paper jam is one of the unfortunate problems that just about everyone will encounter eventually. They are nuisances that can put a stop to your big project or just jam up your work day. Luckily, fixing a paper jam is easy if you know how to handle the situation.

The first thing that you want to do is take a deep breath. You don’t want to work on your machine if you are angry. There are too many small pieces inside that can be harmed if you start harshly poking around. These machines are all connected, so just make sure you are being careful when fixing a paper jam. From there, just follow these steps.

  1. Find the source of the jam. The paper causing the jam will usually be in the paper tray. If you can’t find it there then you may need to look inside the machine.
  2. Remove the jam. Be gentle and do not tuck on the paper. This could cause it to rip, making it more difficult. It can also lead to other parts breaking, which will lead to bigger repairs in the future.
  3. Double check for any scraps. Sometimes the paper will rip and leave scraps. Remove and excess waste left inside the machine.
  4. Run a cleaning program. This will clean you brushes, and remove any extra dust of tiny pieces of paper left behind.

If you follow these steps correctly then you should be out of trouble in no time. However, if you are still experiencing problems then there might be something else wrong. It may be time to bring a technician into help before things start to get worse.