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Unread 01-25-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default If Your Foodsaver Seems Weak....

I know that many of us use Foodsaver vacuum sealers. Well from reading on line I have found that a lot of folks like myself have had issues with weak vacuums that seal the bag, but don't pull out all of the air. Well I read about how the gasket can cause a problem if it gets damaged, but mine looked like brand new. Well I decided to try wiping really well with rubbing alcohol and VOILA! Its now working like new again! My best guess is that it had a film of grease that I couldn't see or feel that was causing a bad seal. Most likely from a while back when I packaged a bunch of bacon.

I am still probably going to buy a Weston when I see another good coupon, but at least I have mine working for now.

Hope someone finds this useful.
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Unread 01-25-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Thanks! Once in a while, mine will seem not to vac out the air as well as it could - it seems like there's a little release before the seal, but then it seems to work fine again later - I'm guessing what you're talking about has something to do with that. Thanks for putting that up!
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Cool thanks!
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Thanks for the heads up, next time we pull ours out to use it I will have to remember to clean it. Definitely have the issue of the sealer not sucking, which sucks.
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Thanks for the heads up
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I use the hose attachment a lot to seal jars. I have found that removing the hose helps too. They also recommend turning your gasket around.
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My son's machine had the same problem. He showed me how to wet the seals with a damp paper towel and it worked like brand new.
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I too have had sporadic periods where it just doesn't want to get all the air. I cleaned the seal with soap and water and it works much better.
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I have this problem consistently. Which gasket are you referring to?
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Between the top and bottom sections where you put the open end of your bag into that little groove/trough.
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I have had the same issue and the wet paper towel that Bull mentions does work. My issue, however, is the longevity of the seal. It seems after about a few weeks, the seal gives way. Any ideas on this?
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Thanks for the tip!
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I have had the same issue and the wet paper towel that Bull mentions does work. My issue, however, is the longevity of the seal. It seems after about a few weeks, the seal gives way. Any ideas on this?
My guess would be a call to the manufacturing co. They may carry replacement gaskets.
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My guess would be a call to the manufacturing co. They may carry replacement gaskets.
I have bought them from Food Saver. They are like $1.50. Way cheaper then new machine.
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I have this problem consistently. Which gasket are you referring to?
Like BBQBULL said its both of the gaskets top and bottom. I just soaked a paper towel in rubbing alcohol and wiped everything down. Gave it a minute to dry and then tested it.

As far as the gaskets needing to be replaced, I think its just if they get worn or compressed in any one spot. If they have any uneven spots you can forget pulling a strong vacuum.
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