If you’ve been using a printer for a while, you may have seen the “Perform Printer Maintenance” error. Unfortunately, the “Perform Printer Maintenance” error can be a bit confusing if you’re not sure what it means. So here’s what you need to know about this error and how to fix it.

Many printer manufacturers have a predetermined page count that will trigger a “Perform Printer Maintenance” error. The error is their way of letting you know that your printer has parts that are getting close to the end of their life. These parts typically include the pick-up rollers, transfer roller and fuser assembly.

Most of the time, you won’t see this error message until you print at least 200,000 pages. However, when you do, it’s time to take action. Your printer may perform as expected for a short period after you first see this message. But, eventually, you might start having paper jams or marks on your print jobs.

In simple terms, preform printer maintenance errors are a lot like your car letting you know that it’s time to change the oil. If you change the oil at the recommended intervals, your car will last and run trouble-free. But, on the other hand, if you skip your oil changes, you will incur unnecessary break-downs and repairs. Your printer is the same. If you perform printer maintenance when your printer asks for it, your printer will continue to run trouble-free. But, if you skip printer maintenance, your printer will eventually fail, most likely at the most inconvenient time.