Everything You Need To Know About Thermal Printer Maintenance And Servicing

Posted on 30/08/2022 in Product Information, by Jon

Inside a thermal printer

As anyone who has experience with a thermal printer will tell you, they are an essential part of any business that relies on them for labelling and barcoding. But like any machinery, they require regular maintenance and servicing to keep them running smoothly.

In this article, we will explore everything you need to know about thermal printer maintenance and servicing. We will cover topics such as how to clean your printer and how to troubleshoot common issues. By the end of this article, you will have a much better understanding of how to keep your thermal printer in good working condition.

The Importance of Thermal Printer Maintenance

Regular maintenance is essential for any type of printer, but it is especially important for thermal printers. This is because the printhead is the most expensive part of the printer and it is also the most susceptible to wear and tear.

If the printhead is not properly maintained, it will eventually need to be replaced, which can be a costly repair. Thermal printers also require regular cleaning to prevent build-up of ink and debris, which can clog the printhead and cause poor print quality.

How to Perform Basic Maintenance on Your Thermal Printer

Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your thermal printer:

  • Clean the printhead regularly using our Soabar printhead wipes.
  • Avoid using any type of solvent or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the printhead. Instead, use the Soabar printhead wipes which contain a suitable cleaning solution.
  • Clean the inside of the printer regularly with a soft, dry cloth or the Soabar printhead wipes.
  • If you notice any issues with your prints, such as smudging or lines, run a self-test on the printer to see if there are any errors.

When to Call a Professional for Thermal Printer Servicing

There are some instances where it is best to call a professional for servicing your thermal printer. Soabar can assist with this, we have a strong team of engineers available to visit your site for printer maintenance.

  • If you notice any major issues with your prints, such as faded print or poor quality images.
  • If you are having difficulty cleaning the printhead.
  • If you think the printhead needs to be replaced.
  • If you are experiencing frequent paper jams.
  • If you are having any other problems with your printer that you cannot solve on your own.

Tips for Maintaining Your Thermal Printer

Here are some tips to help you keep your thermal printer in top condition:

  • Avoid exposing your printer to direct sunlight or other sources of heat.
  • Use only high-quality media specifically designed for use with your type of printer.
  • Use an approved ink ribbon compatible with the media being printed. 
  • Handle the printhead carefully to avoid damaging it.
  • Avoid touching the electrical contacts on the printhead.
  • Use only genuine replacement parts when servicing your printer.

For Thermal Printer Maintenance and Servicing or to book an on site service visit please get in touch sales@soabar.co.uk and we will be happy to assist, also take a look at our printer repair page