Help! My Sealer Isn’t Working!

Q:  I bought a sealer and now the sealer  isn’t working!  Can you help me?

A: Why, of course we can! We are the sealer experts and can assist you with any sealer problem.  Most often, the problem is a simple fix.  All you need is a screwdriver, unplug your machine and follow our quick little troubleshooting steps.

Using a screwdriver, loosen the PTFE metal plate and untuck the PTFE cover.

1. Is your heating element / wire broken?
– This is the wire (flat or round) that heats up to seal or cut the bag/film.  Remove the PTFE cover and check that the wire is not discolored, bent, or broken.

Check the wire. Make sure the wire runs fully across the sealer.

2.   Do you hear the “click” of the microswitch activation?
The microswitch allows the electricity to pass to the heating element which in turn heats up and seals your poly material.  Sometimes the microswitch moves out of alignment during shipping and needs a simple adjustment to get the unit back to proper working order.

Remove the bottom plate to locate the microswitch

If you do not hear the “click” of the microswitch, you will want to locate the microswitch and make sure the arm operating bracket touches the microswitch when the sealer arm is brought into contact with the sealer base.
Carefully push the microswitch level to ensure that the level comes in contact with the microswitch trigger.

Carefully push the microswitch level to ensure that the level comes in contact with the microswitch trigger.

Mounting Springs hold the elements on both ends.

3.  Are the mounting springs (holding the elements) in tact and in good condition?  Make sure that the spring the element mounts on is intact. Replace if damaged.  Please check also that the mounting spring is not rusted or worn in any way as this will prevent the element from conducting heat.

Make sure there are no loose connections to the timer.

4.  Does the timer light come on when you bring your arm down to meet the base of the sealer?  The light on the timer should come on briefly when the seal bar is brought down for sealing. If it does not come on, there maybe some loose wires or the timer may need replacing

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8 responses to “Help! My Sealer Isn’t Working!

  1. My sealer is only sealing about 2/3 of the way across. We changed the teflon strip, wire, etc and it didn’t help. What should we do next?

    • Thanks Michelle for your inquiry – have you changed out the silicone rubber on your unit…the silicone rubber is the while milky rubber piece on the arm of your sealer. Feel free to contact us (contact@sealersales.com) if you need more assistance!

  2. Hi. I’ve an PFS-200 impulse sealer. When I press down the lever, the light on the timer went on and then turned off very quickly. In result, the heater haven’t have the time to do it heating work. Everything else is in good condition. Please help. Thanks.

    • Thanks for your inquiry – you can use the timer setting on the timer to adjust for different times. Try turning the knob up to a higher timer setting to see if that works. Feel free to contact us (contact@sealersales.com) if you need more assistance!

  3. How do you replace the fuse in the PFS-200?

    • Hello Carrie – On the Sealer Sales hand sealers, we have a fuse holder which holds the fuse. You can pull out the fuse holder to change it. If you need any assistance, please call here and speak to one of our techs. – 818.718.8818 Thanks, Jack

  4. Thank you so much!
    It works again!!!!!

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