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HP Officejet Pro 276dw Printers - Paper Jam Error

This document is for HP Officejet Pro 276dw Multifunction printers.
The printer does not print or stops feeding pages when printing. A Paper Jam error message displays on the printer control panel. Paper jams can be real or false. The printer might report a paper jam even when there is no jammed paper. The following steps apply to both real and false paper jams.
  caution:
Trying to clear a paper jam from the front of the printer can damage the print mechanism. Gain access to and clear paper jams through the rear of the printer whenever possible.
Video overview
The following video demonstrates how to clear a paper jam.
Step 1: Reset the printer
Follow these steps to reset the printing mechanism.
  1. Turn the printer on, if it is not already on.
  2. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you continue.
  3. With the printer turned on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
  4. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  5. Wait at least 60 seconds.
  6. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
      note:
    HP recommends connecting the printer power cord directly to the wall outlet.
  7. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer.
  8. Turn on the printer, if it does not automatically turn on.
  9. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you proceed.
Try to print. If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Remove any loose sheets of paper from the input tray and the output tray.
  caution:
Do not remove jammed paper at this stage. Trying to clear jammed paper from the front of the product can damage the print mechanism.
Remove any loose paper
Do not pull jammed paper
Image: Removing loose paper from the paper tray.
Image: Do not pull jammed paper from under the cartridge access door.
Step 3: Clear any jammed paper from the rear of the printer
Follow these steps in the order presented to clear any jammed paper from the rear of the printer.
  1. Press the Power button to turn on the printer.
  2. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you continue.
  3. While the printer is still on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
      warning:
    You must disconnect the power cord before reaching inside the printer to avoid risk of injuries or electric shock.
  4. Turn the printer so that the rear of the printer faces you.
  5. Push in the buttons on both sides of the two-sided printing accessory (duplexer), and then pull out to remove the duplexer.
      note:
    Your printer might look slightly different than the one pictured, but the steps are the same.
      Image: Remove the duplexer.
    1. Press the buttons on the sides of the duplexer.
    2. Pull the duplexer out of the printer.
  6. Gently remove any jammed paper or bits of torn paper from the rollers inside the printer. Use both hands to pull any whole sheets of paper to avoid tearing them.
    Image: Remove the jammed paper.
  7. If the paper tears while you remove it from the rollers, more paper jams might occur. Check the rollers and wheels for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the printer.
    Image: Remove bits of paper.
  8. If you do not see any jammed paper in the rear access area, press the tabs on the sides of the duplexer, and then lower the cover.
    Image: Press the tabs to open the duplexer.
  9. Gently remove any jammed paper from inside the duplexer.
  10. With the duplexer open, check the rollers. Note if any rollers are missing, do not roll freely, or are damaged. These conditions might mean the rollers are not feeding the paper correctly. In that case, replace the duplexer.
    Image: Duplexer internal rollers.
  11. Close the duplexer cover, and then reinsert the duplexer into the rear access area of the printer.
    Image: Insert the duplexer into rear access area.
  12. Push the duplexer in until it clicks into place.
    Image: Snap the duplexer into place.
Step 4: Restart the printer
  1. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer.
  2. Press the Power button to turn on the printer.
      note:
    The printer might go through a warm-up period. The printer lights might flash and the carriage might move. Wait until the warm-up period finishes before you proceed.
Try to print. If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Step 5: Clear any jammed paper from Tray 1
Follow these steps to clear any jammed paper from Tray 1.
  1. Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
      warning:
    You must disconnect the power cord before reaching inside the HP printer to avoid risk of injuries or electric shock.
  3. Remove all paper from the output tray.
  4. Place your fingers in the slot on the front of Tray 1.
    Figure : The slot on the front of Tray 1
    Image: The slot on the front of Tray 1.
  5. Pull the tray toward you to remove it.
    Figure : Pull out the input tray
    Image: Pull out the input tray.
  6. Grasp any jammed paper from the bottom of the printer with both hands, and then pull the paper slowly but firmly toward you to remove it.
      caution:
    Remove paper from the tray as carefully as possible. If any torn pieces of paper remain inside the printer, more paper jams might to occur, and this could damage the print mechanism.
  7. Tap a stack of plain paper on a flat surface to align the edges.
  8. With the input tray outside of the printer, load the stack of paper.
  9. Make sure that all the paper in the stack is the same size and type. Never load mixed types of paper in the tray. The printer can only process one type of paper at a time.
      note:
    Do not use paper with paper clips or staples attached. Do not use paper that is bent, torn, dusty, damp, wrinkled, curled, or paper that does not lie flat.
  10. Verify that the paper height does not exceed the solid red lines on the sides of the tray.
    Figure : Paper fill guide
    Image: Solid red lines on the sides of the tray.
  11. Adjust the paper width and length guides. The paper should rest against the end of the tray, and the guides rest against the edges of the paper.
      Figure : Input tray
      Image: Input tray.
    1. Paper width guide
    2. Paper fill guide
    3. Paper length guide
  12. Carefully reinsert the tray into the printer, and then push the tray forward until the tray locks into place.
    Figure : Push the paper tray into the printer
    Image: Push the paper tray into the printer.
Step 6: Clear any jammed paper from Tray 2
  note:
If your printer does not include Tray 2 as an optional accessory, skip to the next step.
  1. Make sure that the printer is turned off and disconnected from the power source.
      warning:
    You must disconnect the power cord before reaching inside the HP printer to avoid risk of injuries or electric shock.
  2. Lift the printer off Tray 2, and then set the printer aside.
    Figure : Lift the printer off Tray 2
    Image: lifting the printer off of Tray 2.
  3. Check the bottom of the printer for jammed paper.
  4. Remove any jammed paper from the bottom of the printer.
  5. Remove any jammed paper from Tray 2.
  6. Tap a stack of plain U.S. Letter or A4 size paper on a flat surface to align the edges.
  7. With the input tray outside of the printer, load the stack of paper.
  8. Verify that the paper height does not exceed the solid red lines on the sides of the tray.
    Figure : Paper fill guide
    Image: Solid red lines on the sides of the tray.
  9. Adjust the paper width and length guides. The paper should rest against the end of the tray, and the guides rest against the edges of the paper.
      Figure : Input tray
      Image: Input tray.
    1. Paper width guide
    2. Paper fill guide
    3. Paper length guide
  10. Carefully reinsert the tray into Tray 2, and then push the tray forward until the tray locks into place.
  11. Set the printer on top of Tray 2.
  12. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer.
  13. Press the Power button to turn on the printer.
      note:
    The printer might go through a warm-up period. The printer lights might flash and the carriage might move. Wait until the warm-up period finishes before you proceed.
Step 7: Clear any jammed paper from the output tray
  note:
The maximum capacity of the input tray is 250 sheets, and the maximum capacity of the output tray is 150 sheets. If the input tray is loaded to capacity, clear the output tray often.
  1. Check the output tray for jammed paper.
  2. Carefully remove any loose paper from the output tray.
  3. Gently remove any jammed paper or bits of torn paper from the output tray rollers. Use both hands to pull any whole sheets of paper to avoid tearing them.
      caution:
    If the paper tears while you remove it from the rollers, more paper jams might occur.
  4. Remove any bits of paper or torn pieces of paper from the output tray rollers.
Try to print. If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Remove any loose paper
Do not pull jammed paper
Image: Removing loose paper from the paper tray.
Image: Do not pull jammed paper from under the cartridge access door.
Step 9: Check the carriage path with the carriage docked
Follow these steps to check the carriage path with the carriage docked in its station on the far right side of the printer.
  1. Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
      caution:
    Do not reach into the ink cartridge access area when the printer is plugged into an electrical outlet.
  3. Place your fingers into the slot on the left side of the printer, and then pull to open the ink cartridge access door.
    Image: The slot on the side of the printer.
  4. Gently pull out any jammed or torn paper from inside the printer.
  5. Use a flashlight to check for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the printer. If any torn pieces of paper remain inside the printer, more jams are likely to occur.
    Image: Check for paper jammed in the carriage path
  6. Close the ink cartridge access door.
  7. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer, and then turn on the printer.
  8. Wait until the warm-up period finishes and your printer is idle and silent before you proceed.
Step 10: Check the carriage path with the carriage undocked
Follow these steps to check the carriage path with the carriage undocked from its station on the far right side of the printer.
  1. Keep the printer turned on.
  2. Place your fingers into the slot on the left side of the printer, and then pull to open the ink cartridge access door.
    Image: The slot on the side of the printer.
  3. Wait for the carriage to move to the left side of the carriage path.
  4. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
      caution:
    Do not reach into the ink cartridge access area when the printer is plugged into an electrical outlet.
  5. Grasp the carriage, and then try to move the carriage to the right and to the left sides of the printer.
    Image: Move the carriage.
  6. Move the carriage to the far-left side of the printer.
    If the carriage does not move freely, apply minimal pressure to the right side of the carriage, and then push the carriage to the left. Do this only if the carriage is not docked in its station on the far-right side of the printer.
  7. Look for and remove any obstructions along the far-right side of the carriage path, such as paper or debris.
  8. Use a flashlight to check for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the printer. If any torn pieces of paper remain inside the printer, more jams are likely to occur.
    Image: Check for paper jammed in the carriage path
  9. Move the carriage to the far-right side of the printer.
    If the carriage does not move freely, apply minimal pressure to the left side of the carriage, and then push the carriage to the right. Do this only if the carriage is not docked in its station on the far-right side of the printer.
  10. Look for and remove any obstructions along the far-left side of the carriage path, such as paper or debris.
  11. Close the ink cartridge access door.
  12. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer, and then turn on the printer.
  13. Wait until the warm-up period finishes and your printer is idle and silent before you proceed.
Step 11: Gather the cleaning materials
Gather the following materials to clean the printer rollers.
  • A clean, lint-free cloth, or any cloth that will not come apart or leave fibers
  • Distilled, filtered, or bottled water (tap water might damage the printer)
  • Clean, lint-free cotton swabs
Step 12: Clean the rollers in the printer
Follow these steps to clean the paper rollers to remove any debris, dirt, or paper scraps.
  1. Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
      caution:
    You must disconnect the power cord before reaching inside the printer to avoid risk of injuries or electric shock.
  3. Push in the button on either side of the two-sided printing accessory (duplexer), and then remove the duplexer.
      note:
    Your printer might look different than the one pictured, but the steps are the same.
      Image: Remove the duplexer.
    1. Press the buttons on the sides of the duplexer
    2. Pull the duplexer out of the printer
  4. Lightly dampen a clean, lint-free cloth with bottled or distilled water, and then squeeze any excess liquid from the cloth.
  5. Press the cloth against the rollers, and then rotate them upward with your fingers. Apply a moderate amount of pressure to remove any dust or dirt buildup.
    Image: Clean the rollers.
  6. Allow the rollers to dry completely (approximately 10 minutes).
  7. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer, and then turn on the printer.
  1. Lightly dampen a clean, lint-free cloth with bottled or distilled water, and then squeeze any excess liquid from the cloth.
  2. Press the cloth against the external rollers, and then rotate them upward with your fingers. Apply a moderate amount of pressure to remove any dust or dirt buildup.
    Image: Duplexer external rollers.
  3. Press down on the two tabs at the ends of the duplexer to open the duplexer cover.
    Image: Press the tabs to open the duplexer.
  4. Press the cloth against the internal rollers, and then rotate them with your fingers. Apply a moderate amount of pressure to remove any dust or dirt buildup.
    Image: Duplexer internal rollers.
  5. Allow the rollers to dry completely (approximately 10 minutes).
  6. Close the duplexer cover.
  7. Gently push the duplexer into the printer until it snaps firmly into place. Do not press the buttons on the end of the duplexer while you reattach it.
    Image: Reattach the duplexer.
  8. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer, and then turn on the printer.
Try to print. If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Step 14: Reset the printer
Sometimes a paper jam error persists even though there is no jammed paper (false paper jam). Follow these steps to perform a power reset, which will clear a false paper jam error.
  1. Turn the printer on, if it is not already on.
  2. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you continue.
  3. With the printer turned on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.
  4. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  5. Wait at least 60 seconds.
  6. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
      note:
    HP recommends connecting the printer power cord directly to the wall outlet.
  7. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer.
  8. Turn on the printer, if it does not automatically turn on.
  9. Wait until the printer is idle and silent before you proceed.
Try to print. If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
Service or replace your HP product if you completed all preceding steps.
To see if your product is still under warranty, go to the warranty check website http://www.support.hp.com/checkwarranty. Contact HP Support to schedule a repair or replacement. If you are in Asia Pacific, Contact HP Support to find a local service center in your area.
Repair fees might apply for out-of-warranty products.

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