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Where can I find a replacement heat strip,

My sealer operates fine, except there appears to be a defect on the heat strip, causing a small hole to melt at the seal, which lets in air. Where vcan I buy a replacement heat strip...?

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    pdarrach Oct 02, 2012

    Thanks XMXX, just what I need. I have a bad tape and have been looking to buy a used sealer that has a good tape. Goodwill is a good source but so far I have not found the right length to use.

  • pauliesusan Feb 02, 2015

    buy a 12" strip (or more) here:

  • elementsandt Oct 24, 2018

    There is a website which sells parts for FoodSaver machines



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