How to Determine if a Toner Cartridge Needs to be Replaced

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Replacing the toner cartridge is a critical part of printer maintenance and needs to be done frequently, depending on usage. You must first determine if the toner cartridge needs to be replaced. Follow these steps to decide if a toner cartridge should be changed.

How to Determine if a Toner Cartridge Needs to be Replaced

Things You’ll Need

  • Laser Printer
  • Toner Cartridge

How to Determine if a Toner Cartridge Needs to be Replaced

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  1. Evaluate print quality. Faded or streaky print jobs may indicate that toner needs to be changed.
  2. Check the visual indicators on the printer or computer screen. Most computers will give you a visual warning that their toner levels are low.
  3. Decide whether your computer’s toner cartridge needs to be replaced based on what you see. A defective toner cartridge must also be changed.