How to Repair an HP Deskjet

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you use your HP deskjet printer for home or work, learning how to repair it when it breaks down can save you money. These printers are prone to a number of issues, and learning how to identify and resolve those issues is the best way to keep your HP deskjet printer running smoothly. No matter what model deskjet printer you own, you can save money by repairing it on your own.

Shut down the HP inkjet printer and remove the power cord from the back. Open the top door of the printer and remove the print cartridges.

Turn the print cartridges upside down so you can reach the metal plates on the bottom. Dip a cotton swab in warm water and clean the bottom of the cartridge until all paper dust and ink residue are gone. It is very common for HP deskjet printer cartridges to become clogged with ink, and that can stop the printer from functioning.

Clean the interior of the printer with a soft cloth to remove any dust and debris from the inside. Use a small vacuum cleaner like the kind used to clean computer parts to clean the interior of the printer.

Remove all the paper from the paper tray and look inside the printer. Use a pair of tweezers to remove any torn paper lodged inside the printer. Look for any labels that might be wrapped around the print rollers just inside the tray. Coat the label with isopropyl alcohol to loosen the label, then turn the roller by hand to peel it off.

Fill the paper tray halfway after moving the paper guide all the way to the left. Push the paper guide against the paper until it fits snugly against the paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Cotton swabs
  • Warm water
  • Soft cloth
  • Small vacuum
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Tweezers
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Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.