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IT Blurb #14 - When (and Why) to Replace Old Equipment

April 16 2021

Good morning and happy Friday! Spring seems to be in the air (hopefully this doesn't jinx it, fingers crossed!), and with it comes a chance to take inventory and evaluate what we no longer need and/or need to replace. Nothing lasts forever, and electronic equipment is no different. This blurb will provide a some tips on when and why to replace your equipment.

I would like to start with something important: just because something works, it doesn't mean you need to keep it. Equipment such as printers, monitors, and computers all become more prone to failure the longer they are used. Printers can be especially difficult to deal with after longer periods of time, as the availability of ink/toner rapidly diminishes and drivers (the software that makes the printers work) will only be updated and supported by manufacturers for so long, rendering them eventually useless. Computer components such as hard drives are more likely to fail as they get older, which in turn can make it extremely difficult to recover data. Monitors will have their brightness and picture quality decrease.

Now, onto the when. NLLS highly suggests that equipment like computers (desktop and laptop), printers, and d-links are replaced every 5 years. This is industry standard which allows for staggered replacement of equipment. If not replaced within this time frame, we will not support said equipment past basic troubleshooting. Monitors, keyboards, and mice aren't as imperative to replace as computers or printers, but can definitely leave an impact if they fail. A keyboard and mouse are included with new computers, so they are generally replaced at the same time. 

This isn't an all-inclusive list by any means, so if you have questions about something that isn't here, please submit help desk ticket. We are also taking suggestions for future blurbs, so please make sure to let us know if there's something you'd like to see. Thank you for reading!


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