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Dell 1600N Multifunction printer problem.

We bought a brand new Dell 1600N multifunction a year ago. It's being working Ok in this time. But a month ago, a error message appear in its display" OPEN HEAT ERROR". So we bought and changed the fuser unit for this printer. Only one month, now it has a "OPEN HEAT ERROR" on screen.I 've tried to do anything that I read form this forum, but the problem cannot be solved. So I called to Dell supporter. He recommended we should buy a new printer. Do anyone have another idea how to solve this problem?  Many thanks.

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Re: Dell 1600N Multifunction printer problem.

Fuser issues - if problem is reoccuring then you are looking at more expense, are all vents free of obstructions (folders leaning on machine sides/rear) is machine being flogged, is power supply consistent, maybe even fuser bought was faulty, many options, try doing a warranty claim on fuser or replace again, even better get another printer, welcome to our throw away world!

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