Is your HP printer repairable?
The first step to deciding to repair or replace an HP printer is pretty simple. You need to know if your particular printer model is repairable. Where most HP printers are repairable, some models are not due to a lack of available parts. Furthermore, most HP service providers will not provide printer repair service for the less expensive HP printer models, such as OfficeJet, DeskJet and Photosmart printers.
Do you have a surplus of ink or toner cartridges?
The amount of surplus ink or toner cartridges you have can easily tip the scale when deciding to repair or replace your HP printer. If you have hundreds of dollars in surplus toner cartridges, it may be in your best interest to repair your printer. Even if the cost of the repair exceeds the printer’s value, this will be offset by the money you will save by not wasting your surplus of ink or toner cartridges.
Would you benefit from upgrading your HP printer?
Are you using a printer that is seven years old or older? If so, it might benefit you to check out the newer HP printer models. HP is continually improving their line of printers with features like secure printing, faster print speeds and technology that lowers the cost of printing.
Will the cost of the repair exceed the value of your HP printer?
As much as you may love your HP printer, you don’t want to spend more than it is worth repairing it! As a general rule, if your HP printer cost less than $200 new (and you don’t have a surplus of ink or toner cartridges), you may be better off looking at replacement options. Furthermore, you may want to check out our “Do it yourself” HP printer repair section for troubleshooting and repairing HP printers.