Finding yourself in the annoying experience of overcoming a paper jam is something that just about everyone who works in an office will encounter. Our machines have continued to advance but this is a problem that continues to persist. Luckily, fixing a paper jam is a cinch once you know how.
The first thing you need to do is stay calm. You don’t want to lose your cool and accidentally cause a bigger problem. Poking around a machine as complicated as your office copier could cause problems later on. Be careful with these steps and you should be back to work in no time.
- 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.
- 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.
- Double check for any scraps. Sometimes the paper will rip and leave scraps. Remove and excess waste left inside the machine.
- Run a cleaning program. This will clean you brushes, and remove any extra dust of tiny pieces of paper left behind.
That’s all there is to getting yourself through a paper jam. If you follow these steps but continue to have problems then you may have something else wrong with your machine. At times like this it’s time to call a technician before things get worse.