Do I really Have to Replace the Photoconductor Unit
I have a Ricoh CL1000n color laser printer. I have an error message saying replace PCU soon. The manual says that this message comes up after a certain amount of time, but necessity of replacement depends on usage. Printer is working fine. Do I really need to replace it? It's over $300 and the printer is only 1 1/2 years old.
What happens when the PCU stops working?
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Turn the machine off. Open the access door and remove the cyan photoconductor unit. Check the contact pins are straight and undamaged. Gently reinsert the unit. Turn the power back on. If the machine still does not recognise the pcu is inserted it is probably damaged and needs replacing. How many copies/prints has your machine done?
Hi, the "Replace Photoconductor" message does come up after a preset number of copies, typically about 60,000. The photoconductor will still continue to work fine, and even with the message displayed the copier should run like normal. The message will keep flashing until you replace the photoconductor, and then it will automatically detect the new unit and the message will disappear.
Do you mean the photoconductor unit? To replace the photoconductor (PCU), open the front cover and the right side covers (the duplex door and the main side door). The PCU sits to the right of the toner bottle -- it is a black unit that has the blue cylindrical drum facing the right side of the copier.
On the upper left side of this unit is a ridged tab. Push this tab in and slide the PCU all the way out of the machine. Open the box with the new PCU and remove all of the tape and paper, then slide the new PCU in where the old one came out of. When you shut all of the covers, the copier will recognize the new PCU.
Actually, there isn't one! But, you can get rid of the message. Press clear modes, 1,0,7, and then press and hold clear stop. Choose copy sp. Scroll to 5, (mode) then scroll to PCU alarm setting. There are 2 options. Display will shut the message off. If it is a 1, make it 0, or vice versa. Interval, will set the count. You can make it an 80, and that will give you 20000 more prints. Personally, I would change the PCU really soon, other wise you will pay for it in toner.
I'm not sure how to obtain one, but "Black PCU" stands for Black Photoconductor Unit, and according to a manual for a different Ricoh printer model, it should be fairly simple to replace if you can find one.