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Old 03-19-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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My FoodSaver will not suck out all of the air. We used to freeze fillets for about an hour before using the food saver but we wanted to try it without pre-freezing.

I've been checking and it seems a lot of people have similar problems. I tried soaking the gaskets in soapy water, but it still didn't get all of the air out before sealing. Any suggestions on how to make this one work or should I look for a new one. I don't do enough to justify a high priced unit.
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I'm having trouble with mine as well. Its like it doesn't know when to stop sucking and when to seal. It just keeps sucking air. A call to the company might help you, you never know.

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Old 03-19-2012, 07:14 PM   #3
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I'm having trouble with mine as well. Its like it doesn't know when to stop sucking and when to seal. It just keeps sucking air. A call to the company might help you, you never know.

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Mine quits sucking and seals too soon. Maybe we could combine them and make a good one. I emailed the company and I'll post here if I learn anything.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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My FoodSaver will not suck out all of the air. We used to freeze fillets for about an hour before using the food saver but we wanted to try it without pre-freezing.

I've been checking and it seems a lot of people have similar problems. I tried soaking the gaskets in soapy water, but it still didn't get all of the air out before sealing. Any suggestions on how to make this one work or should I look for a new one. I don't do enough to justify a high priced unit.
it may be your bags mine does it when i use off brands
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:19 PM   #5
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it may be your bags mine does it when i use off brands
Mine too. I even tried cutting down the gallon sized bags, and it wouldn't suck all the air out. I then tried an uncut one, and it worked fine. They're finicky tools, for sure.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:31 PM   #6
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I keep a small wet sponge handy and when the problem starts I simply wet the gaskets and it works fine. Soap will not permit a seal.
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I have been through 4 of them so this last time I bought a Kenmore and it is fun to use. Also low and high suction and other gagets. It was actually cheaper too!
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:05 AM   #8
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My foodsaver was doing the same thing, they said wet the seal, no dice. So I took a bag I made ,blew air into it, twisted it shut and there was a very small hole in the bottom seal area that the strip made when sealing . Called me and they said we'll give ya 50% off a new one. Heck, from foodsaver.com, a new one with half off was more than Kohls wanted out the door. Needless to say, I own another one too !! Mike
ps, always pre-freeze liquid contained meat, will save years on the sealer. Mike
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I am on my second one from the same problem. Then my dad said his did the same and he just pushed down on the lid during the sealing process and it worked. I tried it and whaddya know, it works.
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Wet fish used to give mine fits. I bought cheap, one gallon plastic bags, the kind with no seal, thin like sandwiches bags. I put the filets in those first, fold over and then put in the Food Saver Bags. Makes it much easier to get all the air out before the water starts coming out. The water has always been my biggest problem when it came to getting a tight seal.
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Kenmore still going strong and wouldn't own another food saver!
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My food saver has been going strong for 12 years. I have one where you are able to adjust the amount of suction and also override the sealing process and manually seal it. It works great with no issues in the 12 years of ownership. I followed the directions in the owners manual which said to freeze fish til a glaze froms on them. Then freeze. Works perfect and never an issue. I do know the sealer works via a heat seal so any water would for sure ruin a good seal job.
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I lay my filets on paper towles or dish towles dry them good seal them no problem. I have a high end food saver, it has a over ride switch so you can just seal. The one I have also has settings for moist or dry, my old Food Saver just quit the wife bought me the one I am using.
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I lay my filets on paper towles or dish towles dry them good seal them no problem. I have a high end food saver, it has a over ride switch so you can just seal. The one I have also has settings for moist or dry, my old Food Saver just quit the wife bought me the one I am using.
I do the similar thing. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry on paper towels. I then wrap enough for two people in saran wrap. I then place two or three of these in vac bag and seal. You can easily wrap the package on counter edge and just remove one "unit" of fish, then re-vac.
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Wwent back to pre-freezing and it now seems to work fine. We got into trouble when we tried to freeze without pre-freezing.
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