For the past several weeks my printer has been acting up. Sometimes it picked up two sheets of paper at a time, printing part of a page on one and part of the page on the other. It was annoying, but since most of what I print is for my own reference, I could live with it.
Then last week it started making noises and I started getting error messages. I thought there might be paper stuck in the works, but if so, I couldn’t see it. Finally, it quit. If I tried to print, all I got was the noise.
I started researching printers, and the one I decided I wanted was out of stock until the 25th. So I bought some ink for an old printer – one that just prints. No scanner or copier.
Just on a whim I asked my husband if he’d take the “broken” printer to the shop and take it apart gently – to see if perhaps there was a scrap of paper stuck inside where I couldn’t see it.
He took it to the shop, but instead of taking it apart right away, he turned on the compressor and blew out “a boatload” of dust and dirt.
Then he turned it on again, and guess what? No more noise and it’s printing just fine.
So – if your printer isn’t behaving, before you junk it and get a new one, clean it with high-powered compressed air.
You might get your own minor miracle.
Graphic couresy of Stuart Miles @freedigitalphotos.net