5 Ways To Fix A Printer Making A Grinding Noise (Solved!)

There are many reasons for which your printer can make a grinding noise, the problem usually occurs due to carriage stall or paper jam, and you mainly face it when your printer is switched on. However, there are not just one way but multiple ways, following which you can successfully resolve the issue. And, most importantly, the purpose of the article is to help you out from such disturbing noises.

How To Fix A Printer Making A Grinding Noise

A. Perform Quick Reset

  1. Keeping your printer turned on, remove the power cable and any other cables attached to it.
  2. Now, turn off your printer, and for a minimum of 15 seconds, press down and hold the power button.
  3. Now, release the power button and connect all the cables of the printer to the power outlet.
  4. Wait for the printer to turn on automatically for some time.
  5. If the printer is not turned on automatically, press the power button.
  6. Wait for some time for the printer to settle.
  7. Once the printer goes silent, try printing a paper and see if it makes the grinding noise.

B. Perform Firmware Update

  1. First of all, check whether the printer is connected to your computer and is switched on.
  2. Next, go to the customer support website.
  3. Identify and then select the printer model that you are using and click on “Submit.”
  4. Now, select the correct version of your Windows operating system.
  5. Click on “Firmware” and then download it.
  6. Run the installation process for the file to be installed.
  7. After that, select the model of your printer and then update your printer.
  8. Press on “Ok” once your file is installed.
  9. Restart your computer.
  10. Now, attempt printing a paper and check if the grinding noise is gone or not.

C. Run Printer Troubleshooter

  1. Click on “Start” and then on “Settings.”
  2. Click on “Update and Security.”
  3. Now, select “Troubleshoot.”
  4. There you will find an option, “Printer.” Select it and then click on “Run the Troubleshooter.”
  5. The windows will scan the system to identify the issue.
  6. When it is done, appropriate fixes will be recommended by Windows to resolve the issue.
  7. Follow the recommendation and try fixing it.

D. Check The Printer Cartridge

If the above steps couldn’t resolve your issue, then check whether there is something wrong with the printer cartridges.

  1. Make sure your printer is switched off.
  2. Pull off the cartridge from your printer.
  3. Check if there is any sort of damage done on the cartridges.
  4. If there is no damage to the cartridges, keep them back to their position in the printer.
  5. Try printing a paper to check if the grinding noise is gone.

E. Clean The Rollers

  1. Turn of your printer.
  2. Unplug the power cables and other connected cables.
  3. Take both of the paper cassettes out of your printer.
  4. Hold the printer and place it on its right side.
  5. Now, using a moist piece of cloth, clean the cassette roller placed under the printer.
  6. After the rollers are completely cleaned, put the printer back to its normal position.
  7. Put the paper cassettes back to your printer.
  8. Now, attempt to print and check if it is making any noise.


You can try any of the above processes to resolve your issue by yourself at home, but if, unfortunately, they don’t help you to fix your issue, don’t go for anything that requires opening up the printer by yourself. In this case you should take your printer for servicing.