Printers: Should You Leave The Printer On All The Time, Or Turn It Off?

printer-on-by-mavaI’ve always wondered whether you should leave your printer “on” 24/7, or keep it “off” the majority of the time and only turn it on during the times that you actually need it.

Looks like I’ve finally found the answer!…

The folks at PC World (the world’s BEST computer mag for experts and beginners alike!) recommend that you keep your inkjet printer powered ON at all times — even when you have absolutely no intention of printing anything.


Because it keeps the print heads cleaner and makes them less likely to gunk up and need replacing.

The print heads are typically the first thing to go bad on a printer, so the more you can do to preserve their life, the better.

So, if you tend to turn your printer ON each time you need to use it, then OFF again as soon as you’re done… stop!

Doing so impacts the inner workings of the print system and increases your likelihood of having to clean (or replace) the print heads sooner rather than later.

Not to mention the fact that you’re wasting ink in the process, because each time you start up your printer, the print heads are forced to run through their complete cycle in preparation for printing.

Here are some other helpful tips & tricks for fixing minor printer problems, plus ways to give your inkjet printer a quick tune-up.


More advice about leaving your printer on from EPSON:

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Kai Oliver Taylor

    Thanks, Leaving my HP printer on

    I wouldn’t trust a 1st party video on something like this, Of course Epson, HP ext will give you advice that will use up more Ink!