Printers and technology these days seem to need a bit of maintenance to keep them up and running to the best of their abilities. It is tiring to make sure that they have all the parts they need and make sure that they are all running smoothly. There is one aspect of the printer that you may not realize could have problems and it is important to keep an eye on it because you may need to replace it at some point. This piece inside the printer that is vital in the printing process is the drum cartridge.

The drum cartridge is an accessory piece in printers that use the powered toner to print or make copies. This piece is not the toner cartridges that are inside the printer or the copier as well, do not confuse them. The drum cartridge is entirely different. This is the piece that is inside the printer that the toner gets transferred into before it gets heated and electostatically charged to print on to the paper. The drum cartridge is the middle man between the toner cartridge and the paper.

While it may not seem important, or it may seem that nothing could happen to the drum cartridge, you would be slightly misinformed. The drum cartridge, like all pieces, can and will age and sometimes, it could benefit from an easy cleaning instead of being replaced. Whether you are cleaning it or replacing it, you must take care in disposing of the old toner inside. If you live in the United States, that fine powder is known as a hazardous material and you should dispose of it properly.

Now, if you are in the market to buy a whole new drum cartridge, then you do not need to worry about not being able to find one. They are available for purchase in office supply stores and online as well. You need to make sure that you know the size of the old drum cartridge before you buy a new one. You do not want to have a cartridge that is too small or too big for your printer. A simple measuring with a ruler will help you figure out what size to buy. You also should take into account what brand of printer you have as well.

When you buy your new cartridge, the replacement is quite simple. Do not worry about making a mistake. If you feel that you can not do it, call a technician and they would do it for you. But always remember to keep the maintenance on your equipment up to date so you do not need to buy replacement parts in the future.

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