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Foodsaver compact vac 550 sealing strip doesn't seal

The heating strip on my foodsaver does not work, the pump is working ok but the heating strip does not heat to seal bags

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  • earthmidaget Nov 23, 2008

    yes i have a tilia with the same problem. my heat strip is torn so i think i need a new heat strip. at this point i am unable to locate this part. someone suggested garage sale item for parts.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    This is our second FoodSaver in about 7 years that the sealing strip has died. We are getting a bit frustrated, because we don't use the machine all that often. I do see on the FoodSaver website that Tilia's repair department will fix this. We will find out tomorrow how much that will cost. It seems this is a common problem and the Tilia company may be better off making the sealing strip a part that is easily replaced by the owner.

  • hmurray11 Jan 08, 2009

    I too have a FoodSaver with a sealing tape that has a bubble in it that prevents proper sealing. I called the company and was told that it cannot be repaired and nothing can be done for me since the product was purchased over 12 months ago, however they would give me a 10% discount on the purchase of a new machine! This is really annoying. It is my second Food Saver with the same problem. I can't believe that something as simple as this tape cannot be purchased. Apparently it is a common problem. Any solutions would be appreciated

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    sealing strip opened andwill no longer heat. I contacted Food Saver for the part and it is not a part the sell. It would have been an easy fix for me as I have spent 35 years in the electrical field. I bought another brand but would still like to fix my old one.

  • Sebastian612 Apr 29, 2009

    Yes, I have the same problem for the THIRD time. I like the FoodSaver, BUT, I don't like the fact that they have a serious defect in the sealing tape (as indicated by the number of complaints on this page). The NEW units are "BAG HOGS" and I won't buy one until they reduce the amount of wasted bag on each seal and the chronically defective sealing tape. As consumers we must WISE UP and either stop buying FoodSaver or find an acceptable alternative. I'm very unhappy with this ruse ... "you'll have to buy a new one ... may I suggest our heavy-duty model at $299.?" Kind of a "bait and switch" ... except the "switch" doesn't work!!!

  • Rina Suesue Oct 08, 2012

    my vac sealer will not seal, the side locks will pop open as soon as i press down the button I need to know if any one has the same problem with mine.

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My machine stopped working because the sealing ribbon was broken and the tape was worn. FoodSaver no longer does repairs. I knew the wire was called nichcome ribbon so I searched that. I checked the resistance of the ribbon on my machine, it was about 3.8 ohms. I found a site called mpakonline.com and from their site I bought 1/16 x .005 nichrome ribbon and 3/8 x 5 MIL. x 18 YD Acrylic Teflon Tape. The total cost of these items was about $36.00, the ohm value of their ribbon was 1.66 somewhat less.I used ends from radio shack made the repair and it has been working fine for the last two months and I have enough material leftover for about ten more repairs.

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  • Debra Trunko Oct 16, 2012

    When you say "ends" from radio shack, what are you referring to specifically? Also, sounds like you did not have to disassemble the unit to repair; just replaced the strip on the surface?

  • Bernadette Dec 16, 2012

    I would like to know what this means, too!

  • Bernadette Dec 16, 2012

    I would like to know what this means, too. But the post is from 2009.. let me know if you figure out what the person was talking about.

  • Stephen Dec 17, 2012

    The ends are wire terminals that crimp onto the ends of the heating element. I haven't opened up my FS yet, so I am not sure if they are round (would think so as they will attach to a hook on each side of the machine.They come in different sizes so you either need to take your old element to radio shack and they will get you the correct size. I am buying parts now to be ready to fix my 2 machines when the element burns out. You can get the ptfe tape on ebay for $8 that is 9 yards long times 1/2 inch wide. I am still researching elements to find the best bargain for enough to replace mine 5 or 6 times. The elements are different lengths depending on model number.

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My unit also had a few pinholes in the sealing tape. I thought I needed some new tape, but solved the problem with no new parts! You need to take the unit apart by removing all the screws on the bottom (there are a bunch of them!) to expose the underside of the sealer. There are 2 screws that hold the sealing strip in place. Remove the screws so you can clean the strip and the area under it. I must have gotten something under the tape that got hot and burned several pinholes in the tape. Then carefully remove the sealing tape. Once all parts are clean, re-install the metal sealing strip. If your tape is like mine, all the pinholes are in the middle of the tape, but the tape is wide enough that you can re-use the tape by locating the heat strip in the top half of the tape. I simply used some scotch tape to hold the heat tape in the new location ond my seals are good as new!! My unit has been been working well for about 5 years, so this arrangement should give me 5 more. Then I will move the tape again for the next 5 years!!

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I got tricked into buying an old foodsaver on craigslist.. the seller had said that the machine was working perfectly. It was not... The sealing strip had bubbles in it and so it wouldn't make a tight seal on the bags.

I managed to fix the problem by rubbing a q-tip with alcohol on the strip. I then used a blow-dryer to and heated the sealing strip on low. I noticed that the bubbles shrank and eventually disappeared. I'm not sure whether or not the rubbing alcohol does anything (it probably doesn't) but using that method, I was able to reuse this old foodsaver.

Hope it helps!

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My food saver is about 10 years old. Once replaced by repair about 8 years ago. Today it wouldn't seal. There was no heat and I thought it was kapoot! But my friend and I read one of the posts and lifted up the strip and cleaned it and the rubber sealer. Also just used a sponge and it works now. Before giving up or taking anything apart, just make sure that the seal and strip are free of any tiny specks that might get in the way of the strip's working.

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Hello, My unit had the same problem and I had to take the back off and found the thermal switch (which has 1 red wire in and 1 red wire out) was not making contact. I cleaned the contacts and made a slight bend adjustment and the unit works just like new. Hope this helps.

Mike

Posted on Jan 13, 2010

  • pearl8 Mar 25, 2011

    I was told by the Food Saver company that I would have to buy a new one, as they
    had not replacement wires or strips. I ordered mine from Hualian Packaging Machineries
    on line. Saved me a lot of money by just replacing the wire and strips.

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Web site, elements and more, have generic parts for food saver.they can fix you up with parts!

Posted on Feb 14, 2012

  • Rick Bryant Jan 10, 2015

    Thanks, went to elementsandmore.com they have the exact parts parts for my FOODSAVER VAC 550. The 14" sealing strip and Stock Element #1 (Model No. HE-14-FS-1) which are both shown as the one for the 550. Total $15 free shippiong. Thanks again

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I DON'T BELIEVE ITS THE HEAT STRIP, I FLIPPED THE SEAL ON THE INTERNAL VACCUME PUMP AND IT WORKS JUST FINE. THE PUMP HAS TO REACH A CERTAIN PRESSURE TO TRIGGER THE HEAT STRIP TO COME ON.

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I had the same issue with the thermal seal not working. If the unit does not create a vacuum the thermal system will not work. Inside the handle you will find the upper section of the sealing device. It has a flat black rubber strip. It is heal in place with three (3) phillips head screws. Remove the the screws and the face plate will come off very easy. Take a look at the back side of the plate in particular the three areas where the screws go. You will probably notice one or more of the little spacers have cracked or has a crack. This stops the unit from creating a vacuum. Take Super Glue and form a small ring of glue around each of the broken pieces. I also place a ring of glue around the one that wasn't cracked. After the glue dries, reset the upper vacuum chamber by placing the three screws (CAREFULLY not to re-damage the chamber). After you replace the top chamber you can also fill around the phillips head screws with more Super Glue to ensure air will not escape. Your unit should work like new. Good luck.

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I have a Foodsaver v2490 that stooped sealing. I lifted the strip and cleaned and cemented the rubber sealer using pvc cement. I cleaned the metal element, rubber seal and element housing with denatured alcohol. It worked and my foodsaver v2490 seals again.

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Food saver wouldn't seal. I just cleaned the heat strip with 99% isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) . It worked!! Vacuum sealed the bag perfectly! I did also press and hold the vac sealer down fairly hard during and after it finish sealing. Hope this helps!!

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Food saver will seal a 2or3 times ,then it seal at all until we open it up ,clean the strip plate off what to do?

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