10 Common Reasons Why Printers Jam

Just like traffic jams, print devices jams can be similarly annoying. These kinds of jams occur when the paper going through the printer goes awry. When the problem occurs some printers may ignore this problem and opt to soldier on while others may stop mid whereby some part of the paper remains trapped inside the tray. Different printers handle these issues differently while others may scream at you others may offer you some good guidance on how to clear this mess.  Sometimes this jamming may not be the printer’s fault actually these jams can be preventable via proper use and complete maintenance of your printer.

Areas which are prone to jams in a printer include some of the following-

The input area, this mainly occurs to those print devices which have a feeder on top that takes the paper in to be scanned. The system draws multiple pages thus causing some jam in the feeder. Always fan your papers before feeding them into the feeder also ensure that your papers are loaded in a nice stack.


Throughput area, basically this is where the show goes down. This area is riddled with much electrostatic energy and heat which is used to fuse toner particles onto fast moving pieces of paper. This, in turn, produces a print or copy on a laser device.

Output area-although rare jams can still occur here in the finishing area.

Top 10 reasons which can cause paper jamming in your printing device include the following:


Damaged paper

Papers that have curled corners or have some bents can cause serious jams on your printing device.

Incorrect loading

Your printer guide and your paper size should be in total rhyme. Therefore proper adjustment is necessary, if not adjusted properly the paper will go into the printer wrongly.

Overloading paper

A tray should never be overloaded if the amount in your tray goes beyond the designated amount your printer will always jam.

Dirty printer

Paper dust and ink accumulation inside your printer always result to paper jams. Always ensure that your printer is clean.

Use of faulty circuits to power your circuit

It is advisable to power your print device from a dedicated circuit as it will help your print system maintain a constant level of energy thus avoiding paper jams.

Use of the wrong tray

Modern trays tend to have specific trays for special media thus in case you use the wrong tray it might lead to jamming of your papers.

Stack up in the tray area, It is always advisable to keep the output tray clear to prevent stack up.


The irregular positioning of the sliding mechanism of your printer.

Mixed up sizes

Mixing the paper sizes can also lead to jamming.

Irregular dimensions

Use of irregular dimension papers can cause jamming.


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