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About Us Blog Understanding The Lifespan Of A Houston Business Printer Pt 2

5 Warning Signs Of A Dying Printer In Houston

Part 2

2. Higher Than Usual Printing Costs

Have your printing costs grown inexplicably over the recent past? Are you spending more money on printing papers, ink, and toner cartridges? If yes, then chances are your printer is either malfunctioning (needs repair) or is nearing its end of life. Frequent printer repairs and servicing costs are among the first tell-tale signs of a dying printer. The printer may also start burning through ink and toner cartridges faster than before, translating to more energy down the drain. Consider looking into recent purchases of these cartridges to see if there’s a pattern. Newer printers are considerably more efficient with these cartridges than older generation printers.

3. The Printer Doesn’t Fit Your Needs Anymore

Have your printing needs (volume) increased over the recent past? Does the current printer struggle to keep up with the growing demand? Have you been using the standard inkjet or laser printer but now need to copy or scan documents? You might then want to upgrade to a more capable MFP (multi-function printer). The best thing about investing in an MFP is that it eliminates the frustration of looking for a copier or scanner and saves you lots of energy and maintenance costs. Many new printer models (standard or MFPs) are feature-rich and capable of doing what older printers wouldn’t. Most of these printers offer wireless connectivity, read removable media, and have a near-photographic quality. If your business can benefit from these features, you then might want to upgrade.

4. Lower-Quality Prints

Printers produce an almost impeccable quality print when new. The quality, however, starts to decline over time and may produce the lowest-quality prints towards the end of their lifespan. For this reason, it would be wise to start saving up for a new printer as soon as you notice inconsistent and poor print quality. There are also times when the printer will produce faint or even no print at all. Don’t, however, jump to conclusions if the printer is considerably new. Dirty print heads or low ink levels might be to blame. Call a certified technician to confirm this before taking the next step.

5. The Printer Is Slower Than Before

Nothing frustrates more in the office than a slow printer. The average printer should be capable of printing between 1 and 50 minutes per minute. More expensive models can easily double that too. If your printer seems slower than necessary, it then might be your cue to get a new one. While it might not be broken (yet), the next best thing for your business would be to get a more efficient and faster printer. Don’t wait until it is too late to start shopping for one. Contact us today or call us now if you are planning to buy a new business printer.