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  1. 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.

  2. **Always unplug the unit from the power source before making any repairs.

    Removing the Replacement Kit

    1.  Remove the PTFE Cover. 

    Loosen the screws that hold the PTFE cover plates on both sides of the sealer body.  It is not necessary to remove the screws completely.  Lift the PTFE Cover to expose the heating element.

    2.  Remove the Heating Element. 

    On the 4" and 8" hand sealers, the front eyelet is held on by a screw and the rear eyelet is hooked on a bow spring (mounting spring).  Apply pressure to the heating element and unscrew the element screw (found at the front eyelet).  Lift the element off the rear bow spring.

    For the 12", 16", and 20" hand sealers, eyelets are hooked on by a bow spring on both ends.  Remove the element by releasing the eyelet off the front bow spring.  Using a screwdriver to flex the bow spring inward will ease the release.

    3.  Remove the PTFE Adhesive. 

    Peel the PTFE Adhesive from the sealer's body.

    Installing the New Kit

    1.  Replacing the PTFE Adhesive 

    Remove the backing on the adhesive.  Apply the adhesive to the sealer's body.  The adhesive must always extend past the sealing platform by approximately 1/4" to 1/2" on both ends.  Note:  The PTFE Adhesive works as a barrier between the body and element.  Never allow the element to come in direct contact with the sealer body as that will damage the timer.

    *A good rule of thumb is to replace the PTFE Adhesive every time you change the element.

    2. Replacing the Heating Element 

    On the 4" and 8" hand sealers, attach the rear eyelet of the element to the bow spring first and then the front eyelet of the element.  Apply pressure to the element with your figners when screwing the screw to prevent damage to the element.

    On the 12", 16", and 20" hand sealers, attach the rear eyelet of the element to the rear bow spring and position the front eyelet of the element into the front bow spring.  Using a screwdriver to flex the bow spring inward will ease the placement of the eyelet into the bow spring.  Check the element to ensure it is intact and not loose.

    3.  Replacing the PTFE Cover

    Slide the cover uner the PTFE cover plates on both sides.  Tighten the screws on the PTFE cover plates when the PTFE cover is positioned smoothly on top of the element.

    Note:  The PTFE cover prevents the plastic or any thermoplastic material you are sealing from sticking to the element.

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