Question about Rival VS230 Seal A Meal Vacuum Food Sealer

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When I go to SEAL, it burns a small hole clear thru the bag. One little metal peice on the sealing strip has burned right thru the white heating strip, therefore, it isn't sealing completely.

Seal-a-meal. Model #vs110 vacuum sealer

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    pdarrach Oct 02, 2012 should take you to the tape source.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    light for sealing does not come on nor does the hands free light come on. when pressure is released o corners motor stops and heat strip has not sealed bag.



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You need new tape to replace the one presently covering the heat element. You can get a roll of it for just US$7.99. Look at the FixYa question "where [or how maybe] can I get a new tape." I think that you have to be sure that the heat element is flat. I bought a used unit with that problem and the element had somehow gotten bent. Ordered the tape this morning and the cost is worth the hopeful fix.

Posted on Oct 02, 2012



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SOURCE: Had a Rival VS110 Seal-a-meal vacume good sealer

you have to push down with a lot of force to get the rubber seal to give enough to allow it to latch...

Posted on Nov 28, 2010



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Bag will not seal

• Check that there aren't any gaps, folds, wrinkles or holes in pre-sealed edges.

• Moisture of foods with high liquid content will prevent the bag from

sealing properly. Cut bag open and wipe top inside of bag and reseal.

• Make sure you've placed the bag in the proper place. When making a

bag from a roll, make sure end of cut piece is on Sealing Strip, NOT over

Lower Sealing Gasket or in Drip Tray.

• Make sure you give the appliance time to cool down. Wait at least 20
seconds between seals.

If all the above have been verified and the machine will still not pull a vacuum, you will need to replace the upper and lower gaskets.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010

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