Why is my printer smoking / steaming?

More often than not, a printer that appears to be ‘smoking’ is actually a lot less sinister than it may seem. Though this may look alarming, what you are probably seeing is more than likely to be steam as opposed to smoke. Steam coming off your printer is not uncommon, particularly if the media that you are printing on is damp. This may produce a water vapour or steam.

However, if you have reason to believe that what you are seeing is definitely smoke, or if there is a ‘smoky’ smell eschewing from the printer, then turn the machine off, and contact the manufacturer immediately.


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