One of the most common problems that you’ll come across with a printer is that it starts to print blank pages. No matter what you do, you still get the same blank pages printing out again and again. But what causes this, and what are the resolutions?
Well, there can be a few different reasons for your printer printing out blank pages. But luckily, there’s usually always a fix for this. So, let’s take a look at a couple of the reasons why your printer might be printing out blank pages, and how you can fix it.
What to do if your printer prints blank pages
First, we need to diagnose what the cause what might be causing your printer to print blanks. Depending on the brand there are various different things that you can do to try and resolve this. But, there are a few issues that you’ll want to check beforehand which are applicable to all printers, so it’s worth checking these out beforehand.
Ink and Toner Issues
The catalyst for many issues with your printer will often stem from it’s ink or toner. This is undoubtedly your first port of call if you’re printing blank pages, as more often than not, this is going to be the issue.
1. Run out of Ink/Toner
One of the main causes of blank page printing is undoubtedly running low or empty on ink. If you don’t have sufficient ink in your printer, then it’s just not going to print. So, it’s worth checking the amount of ink that you have left before doing anything else. There’s also the possibility that if you use the printer infrequently, there might be a blockage in the nozzle of the print nozzle.
Although this is correct for inkjet printers, this is also the case for monochrome laser printers too – running low in toner is one of the main causes of blank page printing in laser printers.
2. 3rd Party/ Cheap Ink Cartridges
Another one of the causes you’re going to find behind blank pages getting printed is cheap ink cartridges. Although they’re a good idea, you need to ensure that you’re getting your cartridges from a decent reseller, or just pick up a printer that uses cheap ink. But, you’ll want to ensure that you’re using good ink cartridges to avoid blank page printing.
3. Printing in Cold Environments
One of the main issues that you’re going to find with printing in cold environments is that the ink can coagulate and solidify. This makes it impossible for the ink to work properly, which is another main cause of blank pages being printed.
Paper Issues – Wrong Paper Sizes
Along with ink issues, there’s also the possibility that you’re going to have problems with the paper in your printer too. After you’ve checked your ink cartridges, the next thing you’ll want to check is your paper.
Although it might sound a bit ridiculous, one of the most common issues that people have with their printer is that they’re using the wrong paper. Not only can this be the wrong size paper, but also certain printers will struggle dealing with different styles of paper as well. You should also check your printer settings too to ensure that you have the right paper size selected.
HP, Epson and Canon Blank Page Printing – Clean Printhead
If you’re using any one of these brands (and most others), then you should easily be able to find the clean printhead option in the settings. In HP Printers, you can tend to do this on the printer itself by heading into Setup > Tools > Clean Printhead. Depending on your printer, you might not be able to do this on the printer itself.
If this is the case for you, then you’ll want to do it manually through your computer. Head to the Control Panel > My Devices on your computer, and you should be able to find your printer there if it’s connected. Right click and go onto the Printer Properties section, then click on Preferences. There, you’ll find Clean Printhead.
If you try all of this and still have no lucky, then you might want to look at getting your printer serviced. This will allow you to get someone to have a full checkover your printer to ensure that there’s nothing mechanically wrong with it. Hopefully however, by checking the ink and the paper in your printer, you’ll be able to get your printer working properly again.