How to Replace a Drum Brother HL-2070N With the Light Still On

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How to Replace a Drum Brother HL-2070N With the Light Still On
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The Brother HL-2070N laser printer uses a drum unit to transfer toner to print media as text and images. The drum unit has an estimated life of approximately 12,000 printouts. When the drum nears the end of its life, the printer alerts you to replace the drum with a flashing LED beside the word "Drum" on the control panel. Turning off this light to replace the drum isn't necessary or required by Brother. Instead, Brother has designed the HL-2070N printer so that you replace the drum unit with the LED on.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Replacement drum unit

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  1. 1

    Flip down the front cover of your Brother HL-2070N printer. Cover an area of the tabletop near your printer with a few pieces of paper.

  2. 2

    Push the "Go" button on the control panel until all of the LEDs light up--approximately four seconds--to reset the drum counter.

  3. 3

    Pull the drum unit assembly that includes the drum and toner cartridges from your printer.

  4. 4

    Press the blue locking lever to release the toner cartridge from the drum unit. Pull the cartridge from the unit carefully and set it aside on the paper-covered tabletop. Set the drum unit aside for disposal.

  5. 5

    Remove the new drum unit from its packaging.

  6. 6

    Insert the toner cartridge carefully into the toner cartridge slot on the unit until the blue lock lever lifts automatically.

  7. 7

    Return the drum unit assembly to its cavity in the printer.

  8. 8

    Flip up the front cover. The "Drum" LED should no longer blink now that you've replaced the drum.

Tips and warnings

  • Handling the drum unit and toner cartridge too forcefully can result in toner spillage.
  • Always replace the drum unit quickly--damage to the new drum unit can occur if you expose it to light for longer than a few minutes.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and cool water after handling the drum unit as it and the toner cartridge will expose your body and clothing to toner.

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