How to Fix a Hot Glue Gun?

Glue guns are the tool of choice for a variety of home and industry applications because they are fast and simple to use. A glue gun has various uses for simple repairs, home renovations, and creative endeavors, whether you’re gluing wood together or being artistic.

But what should you do if your hot glue gun isn’t operating properly? How can it be repaired at home? I’m sure these thoughts have crossed your mind. Before attempting to repair a hot glue gun, there are various aspects to consider. Some glue gun issues, particularly those involving an industrial model, need the assistance of a qualified professional. Other problems are quite straightforward to resolve if you understand how your glue gun works.

Always verify that your glue gun is free of damage, such as cracks or chips, before using it. Look for breakage or tears in the electrical cable.
Other gun models may not be worth repairing, making purchasing a new one more cost-efficient. Continue reading to learn about the repairs you can make yourself, the types of components that may be available, the basic measures you may take to influence the repairs, and what to do if the problem is beyond your mechanical skill.

How to Fix a Hot Glue Gun?

There are multiple things to consider before repairing a hot glue gun. Firstly, read all the instructions given in the manual of the glue gun and check your gun’s temperature settings. If your hot glue gun is still not working, then there may be another problem. Here are some of the common problems:

  • Temperature Gage Problems
  • Electrical Failure
  • Jammed Glue Sticks
  • Clogged Nozzle
  • Nozzle Leaks, etc

Temperature Gauge Problems

Temperature gauge issues are most commonly seen with tiny hot glue guns. If your hot glue gun isn’t consistently dispensing glue, the temperature regulator is most likely damaged or the wires have shorted out.

Electrical Failure

After utilizing a hot glue gun for an extended period, the batteries or power switches fail and should be replaced. If your gun stops operating completely while being plugged in and switched on, check your battery or power supply.

Clogged Nozzle

If the flow of your hot glue gun is poor and you notice any leakage, your nozzle is most likely blocked. It may result in a pressure buildup, causing back melt and blocking glue flow. If you leave the gun plugged in and heated, the glue will seep from various spots on the gun. A slight increase in pressure may assist with this problem, but do not exceed 80psi for safety reasons.

Jammed Glue Sticks

Sometimes glue gets stuck and burned, giving the appearance that the nozzle has gone bad. A blocked glue stick might explain the appearance of a damaged or filthy nozzle. Check to make sure you’re using the right glue stick for the gun.

How To Clean a Hot glue Gun:

Cleaning a hot glue gun is essential to keeping it in good working order. It helps in the removal of blockages and dirt from the gun. We’ve included some fast and easy cleaning suggestions for you:

Cleaning Gun Externally

First and foremost, we will remove the adhesive from the exterior.

A huge piece of aluminum foil works well as a scrubber for a hot glue gun.

  • Cut a square of aluminum foil and roll it into a ball.
  • A large piece is required since it will protect your fingertips from burning.
  • After that, scrub the tip with the foil ball and put it into the foil ball, being careful not to burn your fingers by contacting the tip.
  • Scrub the tip or ball by rotating it to remove adhesive and other debris.
  • Once you’ve finished cleaning the tip, use the foil to clean the remainder of the gun.
  • The glue should be easily removed from the gun if it is heated. It should remove the majority of the adhesive.
  • Placing the glue gun on its side, ideally on a silicone pad, is a good idea. On top of the adhesive, place a single piece of foil.
  • Rub the foil in, using protection on your hands so you don’t burn your fingers.
  • Go over it with the heat gun or blow dryer. The glue should stick more to the aluminum foil than the glue gun, so you can easily peel it off.
  • You may need to remove parts, like the kickstand, to help clean the whole gun.

Cleaning Internal Parts Of Gun

After cleaning the outside of a hot glue gun, it’s time to clean certain parts of the hot glue gun.

  • Wipe off the tip with a dryer sheet, run a dryer sheet across the tip, being careful not to burn yourself. It should remove most of the glue.
  • Clean out the base with a pin or needle tool to scrape out the hole, leaving it clean and ready to fit into the base.
    If you have a cordless gun that fits into a base, you may need to clean out the little hole at the bottom of your gun from time to time.
  • You may also clean your gun with acetone by squeezing acetone over a paper towel. Begin rubbing the glue gun to remove debris and stains while the glue gun is turned off. It may also remove some of the adhesive, particularly little amounts of glue.
  • Keep rubbing until the gun is clean. You may need to change out your paper towel and reapply the acetone from time to time.
  • Disinfecting your glue gun is particularly essential if you suspect it has come into touch with pathogens.
    Also, before using the disinfectant, make sure your pistol is unplugged and cold.
    You may clean it with a vinegar-water solution or a mild commercial disinfectant.
    Soak your cloth in the mixture. Wipe the gun down. Wipe it away with a clean towel soaked with water. Using a paper towel, dry the glue gun.

Final Verdict

As a consequence, repairing your hot glue gun at home with no special tools is pretty simple. Always verify that your glue gun is free of damage, such as cracks or chips, before using it. Look for fraying or tears in the electrical cable. If the glue gun has already been used, ensure that the nozzle is clean of any old glue residue. (Always clean your glue gun immediately after use; see tip 10.) This will pave a passage for the newly melted glue. This may be accomplished using a dry towel (never use water on a glue gun).