How to Troubleshoot a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer. If you have a family and are looking for ways to stretch your dollar and your food, a vacuum sealer is essential. However, even with the best invention, there are times when things just don't go right. If you're experiencing issues with your FoodSaver vacuum sealer, here are a few troubleshooting tips.
Plug your FoodSaver vacuum sealer in. Start with the most obvious and then work your way up. In your excitement to use your vacuum sealer, you may have forgotten to plug it in.
Check the FoodSaver vacuum sealer bags for holes or leaks. Small leaks or holes can prevent the vacuum sealer from doing its job properly. While it's creating a vacuum on one end of the bag, a small hole can allow air to seep in on the other end.
Ensure that food didnt' catch at the point of seal. If you've successfully vacuumed and sealed a bag of food only to find that air seems to slowly seep back in, check the point of seal. Food particles caught at the sealing point can give air just enough room to seep in.
Affix the lid to the FoodSaver vacuum sealer canisters. If, after sealing a canister, you can remove the lid without depressing the vacuum release button, the vacuum seal didn't perform properly. Check that you've properly affixed the lid ,and that there are no food particles caught in the lid's rubber gaskets.
Leave approximately an inch of free space in the canister before sealing. Sealing a canister that is too full can prevent the FoodSaver vacuum sealer from working. A canister that is too full can cause food particles to get caught in the FoodSaver's vacuum tube.