How To Fix A Printer Making A Grinding Noise

We’ve all been there! The Canon printer is making grinding noise while it prints the most disturbing thing ever to happen! Not only does it distract your work, but it’s also painful to the ears! Well, not anymore!

We’ve come up with a handful of fixes and solutions according to the specific problem to drown out this grinding printer sound.

Be it an HP printer grinding noise or an Epson printer grinding noise; we’ll work with you to find the problem and solve it together!

Fixing A Printer Making A Grinding Noise

We’ll start by trying out the basic and simple solutions for all kinds of printer problems.

Restarting And Resetting

  • Turn off the printer as well as the main power supply.
  • Wait for a minute.
  • Turn the power supply and the printer back on.
  • If the printer’s still making the grinding noise, we’ll start the resetting process.
  • Make sure the printer is turned on and disconnect the power cable from the back of the printer.
  • Disconnect the other end of the cable from the power outlet too.
  • Wait for a while, about 30 seconds.
  • Connect the power cable to the printer first and then to the power outlet.
  • Turn the switch on to start up the printer.
  • Execute a random print to check if the grinding noise has passed. If not, we move to the next process.

Reinstallation Of Software And BIOS

  • Ensure that the printer is turned on and properly connected to the computer.
  • Visit the website of your printer’s brand.
  • On the “Search” option, enter your printer’s name and model and click on the resulting link. If you don’t know the model name, some websites have auto-detection features that you can use.
  • Look for the “Firmware” or “Update Firmware” option on your model’s page and click on it to download the file.
  • After the download has finished, double-click on the file to open it.
  • Click on the “Update” button and wait for a while as the software reinstalls your printer’s BIOS.
  • After the process ends, restart your computer and carry out a test print. Then, we move to the next process if you still haven’t found a solution.

Letting The Computer Diagnose

Before we move on to diagnose the problem ourselves, let’s carry out a short, extra step and see if our computer can detect the problem by itself.

  • From the start menu, enter the “Printers and Scanners” window.
  • On the right side of the screen, click on the option “Open Troubleshooter Settings.”
  • Hit the “Troubleshoot” button and wait for the results to be back.
  • If your computer does recognize the problem, click on the resulting “Fix the problem” option.

If you are still bombarded with the annoying printer grinding sound, you’ll need to open up your printer.

Inspecting The Rollers

  • Turn the printer off and pull open the lid of your printer.
  • Carefully disassemble the toner cartridge.
  • Using the tip of your fingers, push the edges of the transfer roller very delicately to ensure that it’s properly tightened in its spot. The transfer roller is a darker and spongy one.
  • To test for the charge roller lighter in color, be very cautious and make sure your fingers don’t touch the charge roller.
  • Slowly adjust the lid such that you’re closing it, and this will draw out the charge roller.
  • Try to check if it can roll without any trouble and if its ends are fixed properly.

If you did notice some irregularities in your rollers, they might be the cause of the irritating printer noise. It would be best if you got your rollers cleaned or changed from the nearest service store, and that should solve the issue.

If you haven’t found a problem in these steps, your rollers aren’t the cause of your printer grinding sound.

Replacing The Cartridge

  • Try to manage another brand new cartridge for the same model of printer or of another well-functioning printer.
  • Reassemble the cartridge in your printer and close the lid.
  • Turn the printer on to check for the noise again.

An absence of noise will mean the culprit was the toner cartridge that you were using. Therefore, you should get it refunded or replaced as soon as possible.

If the noise persists, replace your original cartridge.

Checking The Additional Parts

  • If you have external parts added to your printer, for example, a second paper tray, separate them from your printer.
  • Turn your printer on again and carry out a random print.

If the noise is gone, the grinding noise is being generated from one of the additional parts. So you can get rid of it or get a replacement.

If you have more than one additional part, you should attach them back one at a time and test to see what causes the sound.

The Last Resort

If none of our fixes above has helped you drown out the printer’s racket, it’s time to send your printer in for servicing. All manufacturers provide professional service, with or without payment.

You should contact the customer support centers or visit the nearest customer support store and submit your printer for proper repair.

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