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Foodsaver model v3485 will not vacuum air out of bag but will seal, what is not working?

Motor runs and accessory hose vacuums out container but unit will not **** the air out of bags. Unit will seal but won't **** air out of bags.

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SOURCE: foodsaver vacuum sealer tray full light

Clean the two little contacts on the tray. Make absolutely sure there isn't anything across the two wires that run the length of the tray. It doesn't take much to trigger the light.

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SOURCE: Trying to vacuum and seal the broccoli after blanching, cooling and letting it drain. It won't seal the bags. It vacuums the liquid til the tray fills, then shuts off. I start over. How to fix this?

I usually freeze the bag before sealing that way the food is not dry when wanting to use it. pour as much water off as you can tho hope it works for U also I freeze many pounds of fresh fish that way also

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SOURCE: foodsaver vacuum sealer tray full light

Tried the recommendation above, even have let it air dry for more than an hour, there is nothing moist around the three contacts. I, of course am in the middle of a huge project!

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