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Food Saver sealing issues

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hey All,

 

I use my food saver often, but lately i noticed that my bags are not sealing well, and air leaks in. I took a closer look in to it, and it seems like I have a "Crimp" on my sealing strip. I confirmed that on the end of the bag that I made, pre cutting and putting anything in (dry bag) had a small gap in the seal.

 

Has anyone tried fixing or replacing these? I haven't called Foodsaver about this, but I have read that there is no vendor supplied "fix", you have to get a whole new unit.

 

Just looking for something cheaper than new, otherwise the thing works great!

 

Matthew

post #2 of 13

I would call foodsaver. If your sealer strip has a crimp, that sounds like a defect kind of thing. idk how it would have just got a crimp in it

post #3 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by HerkySprings View Post

. I took a closer look in to it, and it seems like I have a "Crimp" on my sealing strip.



Anyway you could post a pic of this crimp you're talking about. I just can't picture it happening on my unit.

post #4 of 13

Wow a crimp in the sealing element. I have used them for 5-6 years and never had that problem. maybe a QA thing and they may want it back to figure it out.

I know every time I called them they worked with me and even sent me a new unit.

The one I have now, about 1 yr old, has a wide sealing strip and work the best that I have had.

 

post #5 of 13

I am sorry but foodsavers are total crap. I went through four of them trying to find one that would work. Thank goodness for WMT return policy! Great idea just does not work. Went to Cabelas as some have suggested and WOW what a price everything at Cabelas is gold plated though. Just my 2 cents but never buy foodsaver brand.

post #6 of 13

We love our foodsaver.  never heard of the crimp problem.  We have run into a batch of bad bags that wouldn't seal properly on any of our 4 machines -- can't remember if it was a brand thing or what.  I do remember that it happened when we were butchering TWO bison last winter!  Major PITA for sure.  Thank God we all had a ton of bags on hand and didn't run out!

 

I bet the manufacturer will work with you.  If not, share it here and they can see what kind of bad PR they can generate.  Word gets around here fast!

post #7 of 13

I have had my FS for over 15 years (on my second one - had it for about 10) and have never had even one issue. We have used it almost every week for sealing something - just did 22 # of pulled pork in 4 bags with liquid in them that did get sucked into the tray - wiped out the liquid and it is still sealing great- Have made as many as 15 bags of chicken at a time with no overheating in either the old or new units - I would take a pic and email to them for help

Good luck

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'll get a pick of it tonight.

 

I know that moisture in the bag can cause issues when creating the second seal, but I know for a fact that my last few bags had issues on the first seal. I hope I can get it repalced or fixed I use it a LOT!

post #9 of 13

I have the same  issue with mine. You can send it back to foodsaver and they will reeplace it at a cost. I get around this by sealing the bag once and then pulling the bag out about 1/4 inch and sliding it to the left or right a bit and sealing again. That has worked well for me.

post #10 of 13

I have a FoodSaver Ultra which is I believe a consumer-grade model.  The adhesive of the teflon tape over the sealing strip has failed and the tape pulls away and out of alignment exposing the heating element.   I have to reposition the strip each time I seal a bag.  I called FoodSaver and they said there are no parts for this and recommended that I buy a new unit.  The unit functions perfectly otherwise.  I cannot believe they are suggesting this for a piece of tape.

 

I am disappointed at the lack of Customer Service from them as even though it is a lower grade model it still is a $150 unit.

 

If anyone has any ideas, I am open to suggestions.  I thought maybe a high temperature glue for the edge of the tape...

post #11 of 13

A long while ago I had a food saver with a problem "crimp" on the sealing bar and I smoothed it out by rolling the bottom edge of a wine bottle over it with firm pressure. That and double sealing the bags worked 95% of the time. For those of you that don't like the food saver brand, what non commercial unit would you recommend......for home use?

post #12 of 13
I've currently got the same problem with the crimp. It's annoying at the least,and seems to be getting worse. Its a brand new foodsaver, but probably 6-7 years old. It was given to me by someone who never used it. I'm debating trying to deal with foodsaver, but other's testimony kinda makes me want to just get another one. So yes, what is the current non-foodsaver non-commercial recommendation?
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by h2oskier62 View Post

I have a FoodSaver Ultra which is I believe a consumer-grade model.  The adhesive of the teflon tape over the sealing strip has failed and the tape pulls away and out of alignment exposing the heating element.   I have to reposition the strip each time I seal a bag.  I called FoodSaver and they said there are no parts for this and recommended that I buy a new unit.  The unit functions perfectly otherwise.  I cannot believe they are suggesting this for a piece of tape.

 

I am disappointed at the lack of Customer Service from them as even though it is a lower grade model it still is a $150 unit.

 

If anyone has any ideas, I am open to suggestions.  I thought maybe a high temperature glue for the edge of the tape...

H2 and others, evening.....  Using some high temp silicone, can you put a few drops all along the edge of the tape to the body to create little "clamps" to hold it in place ???  the silicone may not stick to the teflon sealing strip but might hold it where it should be...    then place saran over the entire strip and lower the lid....   the saran will keep the silicone from sticking to other stuff and flatten it out so it won't interfere after the fix is complete.....  just a thought... not at all sure if it will work....     Dave

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