How to Disassemble a Printer

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Updated February 10, 2023

Although the best printers are incredibly useful, they seem to be constantly on the fritz. Unfortunately, even the best all-in-one printers commonly face maintenance issues, and repairing your appliance is often a pricy affair. However, learning to take apart a printer is useful and helps avoid extra costs. So, if you’re the hands-on type, read on because we’re about to show you how to disassemble a printer.


  • Every printer model has a unique design and method for disassembly.
  • Before taking apart the printer, ensure that the unit is not still under warranty.
  • Start by removing cords and ink cartridges. Then use a screwdriver to remove the printer’s outer casing and disassemble the unit, starting with the scanner.

And we don’t only teach you how to deconstruct a printer. We have many helpful maintenance manuals, like guides on how to clean printer nozzles or how to find a printer’s IP address.

How to Disassemble a Printer

Remember that each all-in-one printer model has individual quirks concerning disassembly, so how disassembling a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion 23 All-in-One printer may be different from taking apart an Epson WorkForce printer. Still, there are general steps to follow when taking apart your device. Whether it’s a pesky jam, broken ribbon cable, or plain curiosity, if you follow the steps below, you can strip your device apart down to the circuit board.

Insider Tip

Always make sure to take the ink cartridges out before removing any parts. Shifting the printer around can cause them to leak.

Although this article covers the mechanical side, we also offer more technical resources. For example, we have a guide on how to connect a wireless printer to your network. And for those with fax machines, we have info articles like how to hook up a fax machine with a cable modem.

STEP 1 Consult Your Service Manual

The best way to avoid damage is to carefully read the service manual, especially the part that outlines where each part is located.

STEP 2 Dissatach Cables

If attachable, unplug and remove the power cable. Then, remove the driver cable that connects to your computer.

STEP 3 Remove Ink Cartridges

Open the access panel that exposes the ink cartridges, take them out, and set them aside.

STEP 4 Remove Printer Lid

The lid is usually held on by clips and snaps out of place. However, some are held on by screws.

STEP 5 Remove Casing Screws

Go around the printer and remove any visible casing screws. Once all screws are removed, take apart the printer’s outer casing.

STEP 6 Remove the Scanner

Follow the ribbon cable to where it attaches to the scanner and remove the connection. After removing the cable, unscrew the pieces holding in the scanner. Then unscrew everything that’s holding in the guide rail. Set the scanner and guide rail aside.

STEP 7 Remove Printer Heads

Find the printer carrier and unscrew the printer head. Then disconnect the ribbon cable from the circuit board.

STEP 8 Remove the Circuit Board

Find all the circuit board screws and remove them carefully. Then, lift out the circuit board.


A USB webcam provides an easier installation experience, but it won’t provide the same image quality as a digital camera.

STAT: Over 25% of those with home offices use their printer daily. (source)

How to Disassemble a Printer FAQs

What does it mean when my printer says, “Open Heat Error?”

This error indicates an issue with the printer’s fuser unit.

How can I tell if my unit is still under warranty?

The quickest way to do this is by calling the manufacturer’s customer service line.

Do I have to take the entire printer apart to remove a stuck piece of paper?

Most of the time, you can remove a jammed piece of paper by removing only some of the printer’s outer casing.
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