Top 5 Tips for Scanner Repair

Top 5 Tips for Scanner Repair

An image scanner is an electronic device which can optically scan printed text, images and objects and turn them into a data file that can be stored in your computer. Most businesses have employed the help of a scanner to assist them in archiving printed documents normally kept in-house and then filed away into a storage drawer. Converting documents to electronic files will of course, save space, as well as preserve the document itself. A scanner can also preserve pictures for keepsake and is a device that is used often. Needless to say, when the scanner stops functioning, scanner repair is required. To best repair your scanner, it is best to do a little research and learn about the device. From there, you can try and fix it yourself or call a company that offers scanner repair.

Tips for Scanner Repair:

1. Before placing a request for a service call with a technician, know your scanner. Prepare by documenting the model name and numbers well as the type of scanner you have. For example, do you have a flatbed or perhaps, a digital scanner? Repair methods vary for these two different types of scanners so be sure to specify the type you have while doing research.


2. Carry out basic troubleshooting. Many scanner problems may include distorted images and failure to operate so the first step that is often recommended is to, check all cables to see if they are securely plugged into both the printer and scanner ports. The USB cable should also be connected properly. If you suspect that something is wrong with that connection , change the USB cable to rule that out.

3. Try to identify whether the problem is in the machines hardware or software. The most common problems start from the scanner’s software or a bad cable. Most scanners come with a diagnostic software utility so be sure to run this software for a self test mode. This utility can also provide recommendations on scanner repair solutions, which can be helpful.

4. Update your scanner driver. Sometimes, an outdated driver can cause scanner problems. This is recommended because often communication problems between the scanner and the computer, are often rectified once the driver is reinstalled or updated. If you are unable to locate your driver, you may visit the manufacturer’s website for an updated version of its driver.

5. Main scanner repair parts include the paper feeder, rollers and pads. Most manufacturers suggest installing a maintenance kit after every 40 to 200K pages. The frequency depends on the model, so make sure to check the manual. Be sure to follow this detail. When you sense that the quality of the printed images is already starting to be sacrificed, it may be high time for this type of maintenance.
Those who own scanners are encouraged to keep up with the maintenance and properly care for machines prior to hitting the repair stage. Know that the main enemies of a scanner are dust build up and moisture. As a result, be sure to clean your scanner slate frequently, and make sure that liquid and moisture cannot reach your scanner. Taking these precautions seriously is helpful in avoiding having to pursue scanner repair services. After all, it can prevent costly expenses and service calls which are not needed.

With writing assitance from author Sarah Smith, American Office Systems (AOS) helps to provide advice for scanner repair.

Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Sarah Smith and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,
Rizwan Ahmad
Rizwan Ahmad

Rizwan is an avid mobile geek and a gaming lover. He loves to keep a tab on new tech and loves to share the latest tech news and reviews on Smartphones, Gadgets, Apps, and more.


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