At times, you may have problems with your vacuum sealer. The situation may be very frustrating especially if you have an emergency. I have been through such situation, and I know it is hectic. If you want to use your vacuum sealer without any problems, you should use it in the right way. After experiencing problems with my previous vacuum sealers, I came up with ways to troubleshoot and avoid common problems.
Here, I will share my top tips.
Usually, a food vacuum sealer has three parts, and it is simple to know which part is malfunctioning.It has a suction system that pulls air out of the seal bag. Next, there is a sealing chamber and finally the sealing system. If you isolate the particular part that is malfunctioning, you can fix it with ease.
No enough suction
Mostly, suction issues are common due to the size of the bag being placed in the sealing chamber. This problem is less associated with the motor. It a large roll or bag is being placed within the sealing chamber, sufficient suction can’t be created since the excess bag material covers the entire or a section of the suction pipe.
To avoid this problem, only use bag material that doesn’t pass beyond the colored line (inside the sealing chamber). Note that less bag material means a better seal. If you use less bag and the suction is still not enough, check to see if the machine is clean.
Inspect the roll or bags
In case, the machine is functioning well, and it can’t still create an airtight seal, you should inspect the roll or bags. Check to ensure there is no any hole in the bag, even a pin-size. Even a very small hole can hinder the machine from creating a vacuum environment inside the bag.
You may associate improper sealing to motor problem. However, in some cases it may not be a motor issue; it may be your food! When the bag is pressured oils, water or juices may seep into the sealing end of the bag. In this case, you may experience improper sealing.
There may also be leakages and small holes which allow moisture and air to penetrate into your food. To avoid such issues, ensure your food is dry. In the case of liquid foods, freeze them before sealing. Ensure the vacuum sealer is on a level countertop. Also, check to ensure all plugs are in place.
Do not overfill seal bags
When putting food in the seal bags leave at least one-inch space on the open end for proper contact to seal. This act helps to prevent food particles from blocking the sealing and liquid run off. Also, it ensures you get effective results.