Our old vacuum sealer finally gave up on me. The heating element had gotten wet or corroded and eventually burned holes through the Teflon sealing strip. We use this quite often and I needed a working one, but a new $100+ sealer was out of my budget range.

A quick search revealed that it is very common for the sealing strips to wear out, and replacement parts are readily available. The whole process of replacement should take about $15 and 15 minutes of your time.

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Step 1: Tools/Materials

The whole machine can be disassembled by a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, which was a nice surprise in today's world of single-use plastic snaps.
-Philips-head screwdriver
-small long-nose pliers
-small needle-nose pliers

You will need to order a new heating element and some Teflon tape. I got mine from Elements and More for about $15 (and free shipping). Be sure to tell them to write "Do Not Bend" on the mailing envelope. You could probably use NiChrome wire or ribbon for a more DIY approach.
<p>OK, I did it tonight in about an hour. Part of it is that I'm mechanically challenged and so everything takes about 3 times as long as it should. But it worked like a champ, and is wife-approved! Works like a champ. Thanks for taking the time to do the writeup. While your model is not exact, and mine is a little more tricky to take apart, the principles and the inspiration helped me do it.</p>
Awesome! I'm glad I could help!
<p>Did your light come on in use when the heating element was broken? My element does not heat and the light does not come on at all. The heat element has a resistance of approx 3 ohms. I disconnected one of the element wires and put a voltmeter between it. With the button pressed and suction, I'm seeing 3 volts AC. I'm wondering if the sensor board is broken and if so not possibly worth replacing the heat element. </p>
I did not check for the light when it was broken. You should inspect the board for any shorts or evidence of burning.
<p>It turned out to be the vacuum switch. There was evidence of &quot;old&quot; food juice in the tubes. I assume it made it's way to the switch and clogged it. While running the unit, I shorted out the vacuum switch contacts with a pair of pliers and voila! Heating strip warmed up underneath. Now to decide whether to replace the sensor or install a switch on the side of the unit overriding the sensor... decisions decisions.<br></p>
<p>Let me know how it goes!</p>
<p>I drilled a hole and mounted a button to the side. Sealing a bag is basically a two step process now. Push down on the cover to start the vacuum, wait until it looks like we have a good vacuum'd bag, depress the side button and wait about 5 seconds until it's done. Probably works better than before as I can imagine the sensor sometimes inaccurately tripping and sealing with an air pocket at the far side of the bag.</p>
<p>Someone messaged asking for pictures of the vacuum button mod. The wiring is crudely photoshopped into the photo,but it should get the message across. I didn't have any <br>spare buttons handy so I desoldered one off a scrap VCR front panel. </p>
<p>Good stuff!</p>
<p>I will be replacing this as well as the bottom rubber seal. Does anyone know where I can get the seal?Thanks</p>
<p>Great. Thanks for the inspiration and the detailed instructions. It's offensive to me to throw away equipment (even affordably priced FoodSavr's) when 90% of the equipment is still good. This makes it easy. Thanks!</p>
Thanks for posting this! I was having a really hard time with this until I found your post. Now I feel like an expert on <a href="http://airtigers.com/heating.html" rel="nofollow">heating repair in bolingbrook il</a>. Thanks!
Nice! We're starting to see similar issues, so I've filed this Instructable for future use.
Post a picture if you end up doing it!

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