Self Cleaning Projectors? (No They Don’t Exist) A Chicago Expert’s Guide to Projector Maintenance

Your Projectors Need Regular Maintenance

The following conversation might sound familiar: “We’ve finally been able
to secure the funding and have had projectors installed in ALL of our
classrooms! The installation went great and we’re off and running with our
new projectors. We even have a 3 year warranty on the projectors so all
that we need to do now is use them and everything will take care of itself!
Life is good…”

Unfortunately we see and hear the above scenario all too often. The
critical issue that is missed when it comes to projectors is that they
require regular maintenance. Most importantly, a periodic cleaning is
needed in order to:

Keep projectors running properly

Obtain the longest lamp life possible and

Maximize the number of years that you are able to keep your projectors in

The cost of replacement lamps and lamp life must be factored into the Total
Cost of Ownership (TCO) for your projectors. Lamp life and the cost of
replacements will have a significant impact on your projector TCO over the
lifespan of your projectors. If you can maximize lamp life through an
effective maintenance program, you can extend the life of not only lamps,
but the projectors themselves.

Most replacement lamps range from $299 to $499 on average for typical
classroom projectors. The dollars that you save on lamps over time can be
allocated to other needs within your school.

Ways to Maximize Your Investment

If your school has an on-site technical staff that is qualified to perform
the regular maintenance that is necessary for your projectors, it is
definitely possible to create the proper maintenance program for your
projectors internally. If you follow the self-support route, be sure to
read the terms of the projector manufacturer’s warranty to ensure that your
maintenance activities are in compliance with the warranty. The last thing
you want to do is to void the warranty on your projectors!

Ideally, your projector maintenance program will schedule complete
projector cleanings three times per year. Classrooms that are carpeted tend
to be dustier than rooms with tile. If classroom windows are kept open
during nicer weather, this can add to the dirt and dust level as well. It’s
important to keep these environmental factors in mind when creating your
maintenance schedule as the environment may differ from school to school
and in some cases from classroom to classroom.

If you do not have the staff or the time necessary to complete regular
projector maintenance, this service can be outsourced through a
professional Audio-Visual systems installer. If you had your projectors
professionally installed, there is a good chance that the same company has
a service offering that addresses projector maintenance. Once a plan is put
together for your school, you can rest assured that cleanings will take
place and that the work is completed in a timely manner. If you are in the
Chicago Area, please visit for more information.

Ed has worked in the education technology industry since 2008 and is an
expert in technology based tools for classroom and corporate environments.
He spent the first 18 years of his working career on the West Coast
including the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle working in the Biotech, IT
and Aerospace industries. Ed has a BA from University of Colorado at Boulder, an Associate’s Degree
in Culinary Arts, was Microsoft MCSE +I Certified in 1996 and is a SMART
Certified Trainer. For more information, please visit

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