Updated: May 18, 2020
Clearing Paper Jam in HP Laser Printers
Many modern office laser printers have technology built-in that can try and clear jams themselves. In some cases, you may need to remove the jam yourself.
In today's printer maintenance instructions will review the correct procedure for clearing paper jams in today's office laser printer to prevent damage and get the printer back up and running.
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Turn the printer off and unplug it.
Trying to remove the fuser while the printer is on will damage the fuser permanently and could void the warranty.
Make sure the laser printer is cooled off.
Printer fusers reach temperatures of 400-degree f and can cause severe burns.
Never use anything sharp to clear paper jams
The roller and sleeve in the fuser are very sensitive. The slightest scratch can permanently damage the print quality.
Check the laser printer's control panel to see if it can tell you where the jam is located.
Many modern printers have paper sensors that trigger at the location of the paper jam. If it is not that type of printer open all the access doors and try and locate the piece of paper causing the jam.
Check The Top 9 Locations of Paper Jams
Laser printer paper pickup area tray 2
Paper feed assembly (behind the tray 1 pickup assembly)
Drop down, MP or multi-purpose tray sometimes called tray 1 paper pickup area
Transfer guide area- near the transfer roller under the toner cartridge.
Laser printer fusing area- This area is inside the heart of the printer. You may have to open doors and remove covers.
Laser printer paper output area - This area of the printer is at or right before the location the paper comes out or delivered from the printer.
Optional duplex rear cover area
Optional duplex front cover area
Optional trays - Check all lower cassette paper trays including feeders tray 3, 4, etc
Once you locate the paper jam with two hands grip firmly and evenly as much paper as possible.
Pull slowly, evenly and confidently until the paper is removed ideally as a whole piece.
Check to see if the paper is complete.
If the paper is not complete make sure you locate the missing small paper scraps that may still be lodged in the fuser and may cause errors of they remain the printers paper path.
Clearing paper jams at hard to reach locations
Remove and check the printers toner cartridge for scrap or loose paper.
Remove and check the printer's duplexer for scrap or loose paper.
On some printers pull out tray 2 and locate a square green button. pushing will drop down the duplex paper path which will give you easier access and more visibility.
Some printers have removal knobs in other areas of the printer like the registration area.
Clearing paper jams at the fuser
Locate and open the printer's fuser access door and remove the fuser
On some fusers, there is a "fuser jam removal knob" Rotate the knobs or wheels to manually remove the paper.
Open any delivery guide or doors to make sure there is no scrap or loose paper present.