Paslode Nail Gun Troubleshooting Guide – Common Problems & Fixes

Paslode nail gun not firing


Are you having Paslode nailer problems? Is your Paslode nail gun not firing? As an Approved Paslode Service and Repair Centre, we’ve fixed it all!

We asked our service experts to list the most common Paslode problems that they repair here at Kelvin Power Tools. They explain the possible causes for each problem, how you can fix your nailer and how to prevent problems from occurring.

Read on to see what they said.

Paslode Nail Gun Problems & Causes

Paslode nailers are extremely reliable and designed to withstand tough working conditions. However, like any power tool, they can still experience issues. These are the most common Paslode problems that we see.

The nail gun isn’t firing or is firing intermittently.

Misfiring is the most common repair that we conduct. Possible causes for a Paslode nailer not firing are:

  • A nail jam is stopping the nails from moving forward
  • The gas cartridge is empty, out-of-date or not attached properly
  • The wrong type of Paslode nails are being used
  • Non-compatible nails, gas, etc. are being used
  • The nailer needs cleaned, especially if it has been used a lot without regular cleaning

The light on the handle of the nail gun is flashing red and green.

This indicates that there’s a problem with the nailer. Possible causes for this are:

  • A problem with the motor. In our experience, this is the most common cause.
  • An electrical fault, e.g. a problem with the circuit board or a loose wiring connection

The nail gun is making a strange noise.

Possible causes for this are:

  • A problem with the motor
  • A problem with the fan, e.g. it’s hitting against something inside the nailer
  • The nailer needs cleaned

The nail gun’s firing pin is bent.

Possible causes for this are:

  • The nailer has been dropped
  • The wrong type of Paslode nails are being used
  • Non-compatible nails are being used
  • General wear and tear

The o-rings around the nail gun’s firing pin are broken.

Possible causes for this are:

  • General wear and tear
  • The o-rings have previously been removed and not put back on correctly

The nail gun’s battery contacts are damaged.

Possible causes for this are:

  • The contacts have been bent, e.g. from inserting and removing the battery
  • The contacts are covered in dirt or dust
  • The contacts are corroding, e.g. from water damage
  • Non-compatible batteries are being used

How to Fix Your Paslode Problems

You’ll have received a user manual with your nail gun which contains troubleshooting information. Read through it and see if a solution is provided for your problem. The solutions provided are for more minor issues, like how to clear a nail jam. If you can’t find your manual, you should be able to download one online.

The video below from Paslode demonstrates how to solve some minor problems and is a great help if you’re unsure about anything.

For more serious problems, like your Paslode not firing, Paslode recommend that you get your nailer repaired at an Approved Service Centre. That’s where we can help!

Approved Paslode Repair Service

We’re authorised by Paslode to service and repair their nail guns as we meet the high standards that they set for service and expertise. We’ll expertly test, clean, service and repair your nailer, then return it to you working like new again.

Why should you choose our Approved Paslode Service?

  1. It’s approved by Paslode. Our fitters have been trained by Paslode and our service is conducted as Paslode recommend, with only official parts used.
  2. It’s effective. Our expert fitters provide the highest standard of service. All of your Paslode problems will be solved.
  3. It’s easy. We do all of the leg work for you with our free UK-wide collection. We’re the UK’s No.1 Paslode collect and repair service!
  4. It’s recommended. See what our customers say.
  5. It keeps your warranty valid. Repairs MUST be conducted by an Approved Paslode Service Centre in order to keep your warranty valid.

Click here to find out more about our Paslode Service, ask us any questions that you have and book your nail gun in for a repair.

How to Prevent Paslode Problems

Our experts have serviced and fixed thousands of Paslodes over the years, and they warn that most problems are caused by a lack of proper care. Paslode nailers require regular maintenance to upkeep their performance and last as long as possible. We stock Paslode cleaning kits which provide everything you need to clean and lubricate your nail gun. Learn how to properly clean your nailer with our handy Paslode Maintenance Guide.

Paslodes can also experience problems when they’re used with other brand’s (including fakes) batteries, gas, nails, etc. As Paslode haven’t tested these third party products, they can’t say whether they’re compatible or even safe to use with their nail guns. That’s why Paslode recommend that you only use official Paslode nails and accessories with your nailer. This ensures 100% compatibility and avoids compromising your nail gun’s performance and warranty.

You should also make sure that you’re using the right Paslode nails and accessories for your specific Paslode model. Each Paslode model has its own specific type of nails, gas, etc. You can check which nails and accessories your model is compatible with on Paslode’s website.

We Hope Our Paslode Troubleshooting Guide Has Helped

We hope you’ve found our Paslode troubleshooting guide helpful and have been able to successfully diagnose your nailer’s problem. If you’re unable to fix your nail gun with the solutions provided in your user manual, then we’re here to help!


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