Computers are essential devices present everywhere, whether it is homes, offices, schools, universities, hotels, and airports. Computers have made things easy and have helped people to manage complicated tasks efficiently. Apart from computers, there are many other devices which can be attached to computers and use to carry a particular task such as printers, scanners, speakers, and projectors.
Off all the devices, printers serve a very important purpose and necessary in houses and primarily in offices. The main function of the printer is to allow a person to print either personal documents, some text, or even a picture. A printer is an output device that takes commands in the form of electronic data and converts the information on a sheet of paper. The two most common type of printers are inkjet and laser printers, but there are different types of printers too, such as dot matrix, Plotter, Thermal printer, and 3D (Three Dimensional). The dot-matrix printers were one of the first computers which are more or less obsolete, and the 3D printers are used to build a three dimensional object with the help of a computer-aided drawing. The printers usually vary due to size, speed, functions, and price.
The inkjet and laser printers are two printers widely used in many households and offices. The inkjet printers use an ink cartridge and spray ink at a close range on to the paper. The inkjet printers are best for simple printing tasks such as printing a document or paper for school, printing photos, and coupons. The laser printers are quite advanced and use a laser beam to attract ink from the toner on the paper instead of the cartridge. The laser printers are known to print hundreds of pages without any problem, which makes them ideal for office use where printers are needed and used more frequently. The printers in offices are used to print documents, legal paperwork, agreements, and other important official documents.
There are many companies that produce printers, but one name that is most popular and best when it comes to printers is without the doubt ‘Hewlett Packard’, the company was established on January 1, 1939, by William Hewlett and David Packard and now become the world’s most renowned company in manufacturing printers, laptops, and other peripheral devices. Hewlett Packard is famously called by its abbreviated form, which is HP, the company produces both the inkjet and laser printers. HP first time introduced the laser printer in 1984, and now these printers are widely used in commercial places all over the world. Laser printers require more maintenance and repair as compared to other printers due to their heavy duty and constant work in offices. There are two types of laser printers, namely monochrome (that only prints black and white) and color laser printers (that prints both color prints and black and white prints). The monochrome laser printers are used to print simple text, letter, or documents while color laser printers are mostly used in graphic design, or printing a brochure or letterhead. The earlier models of laser printers were quite complicated in operation and troubleshot but new laser printers are very user friendly and less complicated. There are many professional companies that are offering HP printer repair California for offices where the laser printer may malfunction or breakdown. The companies have qualified and skilled HP printer technicians who know how to identify, troubleshoot and perform the correct repair to make the printer workable and efficient again.
The printer technician knows the steps how a laser printer works which are
- The first step is cleaning where prior information, text or image is removed along with toner from the drum
- Then it is conditioning step where a corona wire applies a uniform charge on to the photoreceptor drum
- The third and most important step is writing where the information, text, or image to be printed drawn on to the drum by the laser beam
- In the developing stage, the toner present in the ink roller is ionized with a positive charge
- The next step is to transfer, where the toner from the drum will be transferred to the paper
- The last step is fusing in which heat and pressure is applied to make the toner properly print the information, text or image
The HP laser printer is trained and expert in installing, configuring, and ensuring that the laser printer is functioning properly. The HP laser printer technician is also responsible to identify issues, troubleshoot, resolve problems, and do the regular upgrades of the printer so that they work optimally. The technician deals with laser printer problems daily which make it easy for him to quickly pick the problem and do the necessary repair work or replace the old or broken parts. The common problems that require expert HP printer repair California are
- Paper jams
One problem which will remain the most common problem in printers all over the world is ‘paper jams.’ There are not one but multiple reasons that can cause the paper jams such as curled paper, improper placement of paper, dirty rollers, any object is obstructing the path of the paper, and the paper tray is loaded with different kinds of paper. The HP laser printer technician would first open the printer and take out the toner and drum to gently removed the paper jammed in the printer; he would use tweezers to reach places where he faces trouble taking out the paper. The technician would also replace any parts which are broken or old.
- Toner is smearing and sticking to the paper
The second most common problem is toner smears, which is usually caused due to defective toner or old fuser assembly. The HP laser printer technician would first take out the toner and gently shake it sideways and then place it back in the printer to see if the problem still occurs or not, if the paper is smeared with ink then the technician would replace the old toner with a new one
- The print quality is not good, and ink is faded
The faded ink on the paper and not efficient print quality is due to changes in the printer settings. The laser printer technician would look at the settings and set it to ink-saving or draft mode.
- The printer is not functioning
The error messages appear many times, which can be due to several reasons, such as the printer cables are not properly attached. The printer is not installed or configured; the operating system or printer driver is not updated. In offices, there may be multiple printers which may be configured and many times a computer or laptop is not configured to a particular printer. The printer technician would see if the printer is installed and configured and reboot the system to see if the printer is functioning or not. The technician would reinstall the printer, which would make the printer work.
- Low ink warnings
Many people would notice low ink warnings even after installing new toner and urging you to replace the toner. The laser printer technician would see if the new toner is damaged or defected, which may be causing the message. The technician would reset the printer, which would fix the problem.