Paper Jams: Why They Happen and How You Can Prevent Them

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Paper Jams: Why They Happen and How You Can Prevent Them

You’re making copies at work when suddenly, the worst happens—a paper jam. Not only this is frustrating, it can also make it difficult to get your work done. That’s why it’s important to know why paper jams happen and how you can prevent them.

Know Why Paper Jams Happen

Paper jams can be caused a few different ways and can happen in a few different parts of the machine. Jams can occur at the input area when more than one page is pulled in at a time. Paper jams can also occur at the output area. This typically happens when documents are allowed to pile up in this area. Most commonly, jams occur in the throughput area, which is where the printing process happens. Identifying the source of the jam is one of the first steps you’ll want to take to fix it.

Use the Right Materials the Right Way

It’s important to have high quality paper, toner, and other materials for your copier, as these can all impact how often paper jams occur. Make sure your business is using good paper and that anyone who puts paper into the copier is doing it according to the arrow on the paper’s packaging. It is also a good idea to give the copier its own outlet so that power surges are less likely to occur and result in more jams.

Invest in Preventative Maintenance

A professional business equipment company can help you keep your copier running properly and avoid jams. With preventative maintenance services, your copiers will always be in good shape and the professionals will be able to spot and fix any problems before they become more serious.

If you’re looking for help keeping your copier and other office equipment running smoothly, contact Arizona Business Equipment. Our Tucson business equipment professionals offer preventative maintenance for your copier in our rental plans to help you avoid jams. Call us at (520) 888-2679 for more information.