Question about Tilia FoodSaver V2240
The motor sounds great, but nothing else is happening. Last week it vacuumed , but would not ever stop and seal....I'm wondering if it just needs a couple of new foam gaskets?
If your FoodSaver is more than a couple years old, the gaskets have probably gotten compressed. Especially if you use it often or store it with the lid in "latched" position.
FoodSaver's website has replacement gaskets, $3 each, but it's hard to match the right gasket with the V2440. I called and got confirmation: it's this one. http://www.foodsaver.com/Product.aspx?id=r&cid=0&pid=294
Same gasket, upper and lower, even though it's listed as "Upper" on the Web page. You can also call them at 877-777-8042 and order Part # T910-00075.
Meanwhile, I've had good luck with soaking the old gaskets in warm water for a few minutes, then letting them air-dry. It seems to restore their sealing power for a day or two at most, but that's enough for me to vac up my weekly freezer groceries.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
The Foodsaver gaskets will deform and/or dry out with time, just like in any device, but you don't necessarily have to replace them. I've tried this inexpensive solution on my own Foodsaver V2490, and it works perfectly.
Buy some food-grade silicone grease and apply it to both the upper and lower gaskets. I remove the gaskets and coat both sides with a thin layer of grease before replacing them in their respective channels. And since this grease will be absorbed and/or dry out with time, you will have to do this occasionally, so I also flip the gaskets (i.e. turn them over) whenever I apply the grease.
You can buy a 2 oz container of silicone grease at any dive store, or you can buy it over the Internet by searching for "Trident silicone grease".
This is a link where you can buy it for around $7.00:
Dolphin Dive Center
I do not work at this dive center, but I am a scuba diver and already had some grease that I use for the numerous rubber gaskets in my gear. The 2 oz. jar will last you several years, and you will find many other uses for it around the house since the grease will last longer than a spray.
Posted on Aug 02, 2010
Instead of silicon grease you can just use vegetable glycerin. You can get it in almost any supermarket for a couple of bucks. I actually just use the Rosewater & Glycerin that I have on hand. It's nice since it just feels like water but has the glycerin in it that preserves the gaskets. Fixes the issue for a couple of months at a time, even in the desert conditions I live in.
Posted on Feb 26, 2012
The pumps do wear out. But its not the piston. It's the reed valve. It gets compressed for so long the reeds stay open.
Posted on Nov 28, 2014
Mine may have (months ago) gotten some water in it. Could thishave stopped it from working?
Posted on Jan 11, 2013
I seriously thought the pump had just gotten worn out because of a lot of use. I greased the gaskets and it works like new again. Thank you for the advice. It saved me from having to buy a new one!
Posted on Nov 10, 2011
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