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How to Fix a Paper Jam

If you have ever worked with a printer or copier before then you have probably found yourself the victim of a paper jam. Paper jams are irritating realities of working in the modern office. They are bound to happen and they always seem to occur when you are in the middle of your biggest projects. Luckily, fixing a paper jam is easy as long as you know how.

The most important thing to remember before fixing a paper jam is that your copier is a complex machine. Fixing a paper jam is easy if you follow the directions, but messing around with your machine can cause damage. Make sure you follow our directions and keep calm when working with your machine.

  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 your brushes, and remove any extra dust of tiny pieces of paper left behind.

That’s all there is to fixing a paper jam. If you machine is still experiencing problems then it might be time to reach out to a proper technician.