If you’re reading this, it’s likely because your label maker isn’t printing. This can be a frustrating experience, especially if you need to get your labels printed as soon as possible.
In this article, we will give answers to the most common questions about why label makers aren’t printing. We’ll also provide you with some useful tips to help you get your label maker up and running again!
Make sure your label printer is turned on
The first thing you want to do is make sure that your label maker is turned on. If it’s not, then obviously it’s not going to print anything.
Load fresh batteries into the label maker
Once you’ve verified that it is turned on, the next step is to check the batteries. If your label maker uses AA batteries, make sure they’re fresh and inserted correctly. If you’re using a rechargeable label maker, make sure it’s fully charged.
Check the errors on the screen
Check for any error messages that may be displayed on the screen of the label maker. These messages can usually tell you what the problem is and how to fix it.
Load a new roll of labels into the machine
Many times, people think their label maker is broken when all they need to do is replace the old label roll with a new one.
To do this, first locate the label roll compartment on your machine. On most label makers, this will be located on the side or back of the device. Once you’ve found it, open up the compartment and remove any old labels that may be left in there.
Then, take your new roll of labels and insert it into the compartment. Make sure that the labels are positioned correctly so that they will feed through the machine properly. Once the new roll is in place, close up the compartment and you should be good to go!
Adjust the print settings
If your labels are printing out blurry or smeared, you may need to adjust the print settings on your label maker. Consult your label maker’s manual for instructions on how to do this.
Clean the printer head
One of the most common reasons why your label maker might not be printing is because there is some debris blocking the printer head. To fix this, simply take a cotton swab or a soft cloth and gently wipe away any dirt or dust that might be blocking the head. If there is any dried ink on the head, you can also try gently wiping it off with a damp cloth.
Once you’ve cleared away any debris, try printing again to see if it solves the problem. If your label maker still isn’t printing, there might be another issue at play.
Make sure the paper is inserted correctly
One of the most common reasons why your label maker might not be printing correctly is because the paper has not been inserted properly. Most label makers have a very specific way that the paper needs to be inserted in order for it to print correctly, so make sure to check your label maker’s manual or online instructions to see how you need to insert the paper.
Try a different type of paper
If you’re using standard printer paper, try a thicker type of paper, such as cardstock. If your label maker uses speciality labels, make sure you’re using the right type for your machine.
Replace the ink cartridge
If your label maker is not printing, one possible reason is that the ink cartridge needs to be replaced. Most label makers use a thermal transfer process, meaning that the ink is transferred to the paper using heat. Over time, the ink in the cartridge dries out and becomes less effective at transferring heat. This can cause your labels to become faint or even disappear entirely.
To replace the ink cartridge, first consult your label maker’s manual to find out which type of cartridge it uses. You can then purchase a replacement cartridge from an office supply store or online retailer. Once you have the new cartridge, follow the instructions in your label maker’s manual to install it. With a fresh cartridge, your label maker should be back to printing labels like normal.
Update the label maker’s software, if available
If your label maker is connected to a computer, you may be able to update its software. Check the manufacturer’s website for updates and instructions.
Updating your label maker’s software can sometimes fix printing problems. It’s worth a try if other troubleshooting methods haven’t worked.
Reset the label maker
Sometimes, you may need to reset it and start from the beginning. To do this, simply unplug the label maker from the power source and then plug it back in. Once it is plugged back in, press and hold the reset button for three seconds. This will clear any errors that may have been preventing your label maker from printing correctly.
Reset the label maker to its factory defaults
Many times, people accidentally change a setting without realizing it, which can cause all sorts of problems. This will clear any saved settings and hopefully fix the issue. To reset your label maker to the factory defaults, consult your owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website.
Contact customer service for assistance
If all else fails, customer service can help you troubleshoot the problem and may be able to offer a replacement or refund if your label maker is still under warranty. If your label maker is no longer under warranty, you may still be able to purchase replacement parts or a new label maker from the company.