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Fixing a Paper Jam

Paper jams are the bane of many people who work in offices. There is nothing worse than finishing up a large project only to have everything put on hold for a paper jam. Copiers are complex machines that can be difficult to fix on your own; however, paper jams can often be solved without having to call a technician.

Paper jams are common in office environments, so you should know what to do if you ever run into this problem. Follow these few simple steps and never get stuck with a paper jam again!

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

If you follow these steps then you should be able to get yourself out of a jam and back to work. If you still aren’t able to find the source of the problem then you may need to call a technician to analyze your problem.