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  1. We created this troubleshooting guide to help with our most frequently asked questions regarding sealers.  

    Impulse sealers (hand, foot, automatic) work in a similar manner - often, if you are having a problem with your sealer, the solution can be found in the following parts:  heating element, PTFE adhesive, PTFE cover, microswitch, mounting spring, and/or timer.  Let us know if you have a problem that isn't listed in this guide and we can try and assist you.

    1. Check element and PTFE cover and adhesive. 
      • Element: This is the wire (flat or round) that heats up to seal or cut the bag/film. Remove the PTFE cover and check that the wire is not discolored, bent, or broken.  
      • PTFE Adhesive: This is the 1/2" piece with an adhesive backing UNDER the heating element.  It should extend past the seal area 1/2" on either side because it is the barrier between the metal machine and the metal heating element. For the PTFE adhesive, you must replace the bottom sealing strip whenever you change the element.  The adhesive serves as a barrier between the heating element and the sealer's body.  When the sealer's heating element has burned through the bottom adhesive and arc'ed on the sealer's body, the element will break as well as destroy the timer.  
      • PTFE Cover: The PTFE cover that goes over the heating element must be whole to prevent the plastic bags or film from sticking to the element. For the PTFE cover, we recommend changing the cover BEFORE it burns through.  As the cover wears, you will see a discoloration where it comes into contact with the element, you may also notice that your element is sticking to the thermoplastic material you are sealing.  You can maneuver the cover back and forth to allow the element to come into contact with the unused portions of the PTFE cover. If you are sealing/cutting a thicker plastic material (higher amount of heat) you may go through a lot of PTFE covers. 
    2. Listen for "click" from microswitch when pushing bar down. This click should occur right before the upper bar comes into contact with the lower. If there is no click try the following:
      • Hand Sealer: Slightly bend metal switch lever so that when arm of sealer is brought down, the lever makes contact with microswitch and a click can be heard.
      • Foot Sealer: Small bolt for limit switch must be tightened as needed to make contact with the microswitch.
      • Auto Sealers: A 3.5" screw that is mounted on upper jaw must be loosened so that it will make contact with microswitch which is mounted on left side of hinge bracket.
    3. Mounting Spring: Make sure that the spring the element mounts on is intact. Replace if damaged.  Please check also that the mounting spring is not rusted or worn in any way as this will prevent the element from conducting heat.
    4. Timer Light: The light on the timer should come on briefly when the seal bar is brought down for sealing. If it does not come on, the timer PC board probably needs replacing. 

  2. Many folks have asked us how to change the heating wire and strip of their FoodSavers.  While not all FoodSavers are the same, we have come up with a basic instruction guide based on the FoodSaver V2040.  Please tailor our instructions accordingly based on your FoodSaver model.  You can also download the instruction sheet here.

    Removing the Kit

    1.  Remove the Lower Base.  Turn the sealer over and remove the eight screws holding the lower based and upper unit together.  (One screw is found where the power cord is located.)

    2.  Remove the PTFE Adhesive (Sealing Strip).  Open the upper jaw of the vacuum sealer and gently peel the PTFE adhesive (sealing strip) from the heating element.  You may have to push some of the PTFE adhesive through from the lower base.

    3.  Removing the Heating Element (Heating Wire).  Removing the heating element may be a bit tricky and requires some patience.  Using either your fingers or a pair of small pliers, pull the spring hook from the hole of the heating element.  When you release on end of the element from the spring hook, the other end will release easily.

    Installing the New Kit

    1.  Replacing the Heating Element.  Attach the new element to the spring hook and run the element along the upper base of the vacuum sealer.  Attach the other end of the element to the spring hook on the other side.

    2.  Replacing the PTFE Adhesive.  Remove the backing on the adhesive.  Apply the adhesive over the element.

    *A good rule of thumb is to replace the PTFE adhesive (sealing strip) every time you change the element.

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