Computer & Internet · June 9, 2021

How to Fix a Printer?

Printers are an excellent device when they work properly, but it can be highly nerve-wracking when they don’t. Printers can work reliably for many years but they can also malfunction and stop working. I have come up with the below article to guide you   on printer repair.  Continue reading to learn how to repair your printer.

Printer Not Printing

There are various reasons why your printer is not printing, so begin with the basics, such as checking whether there is an error message or warning light on the printer. Ensure that there is paper in the paper tray. 

Check the ink or toner cartridges; if they are empty, fill it, and look whether the USB cable is plugged in properly or the printer is connected to Wi-FI.

And if you have a wireless printer, try using a USB cable because some WiFi printers are not reliable in their connection. So it is worth unplugging the printer or any power line network adapter it is connected to and then hen turn everything back on.

Select the Right Printer

Sometimes a printer works because you have some software that has a virtual printer, and this has set itself as the default printer. When you hit print, your computer will save a file by the virtual printer instead of the document you want to print by your physical printer. 

To fix this, go to the control panel from the start menu and then locate Devices and Printers, right-click the correct printer you want to use, and set it as the default.

What are the Other Ways to Repair a Printer?

If the above tips aren’t helpful, then there may be a mechanical problem. A printer has a lot of electronic and mechanical pieces that all work together; you can do the following for repairing a printer:

  • Look for a damaged cable or loose connection. If you find one, it is likely the problem needs a repair.
  • Check inside of the printer for a paper jam; if you see paper under the roller or platen, repair it by unplugging. 
  • Look at the configurations in the software and the drivers. If there is something changed, change it back to its default configuration.
  • Lubricate and clean the printer according to the instructions in the manufacturers manual.
  • Delete the most recent print commands.
  • Please reboot the computer, turn it off for 30 seconds, and restart it. After restarting the computer, you may get a pop-up that asks whether you want to cancel the jobs waiting to be printed or try again. It is better to cancel them.
  • Perform a self-test on the printer. You do not even have to turn on the printer; you can do it with every printer. The self-test finds the problem in the printer and forces a printout that provides a list of the current options and settings, showing all the print density and quality features.


It is best and time-saving to learn how to repair the printer by yourself. Because printers are those devices that need to be fixed from time to time, please do not force it out as the expert can fix some problems.