Andrew James Domestic Vacuum Sealer Operating instructions

Andrew James Domestic Vacuum Sealer Operating instructions
Domestic Vacuum Sealer
Please read the manual fully before using the appliance and keep the
manual safe for future reference.
Contents page
Important safeguards
Page 3
Illustration of functions
Page 5
Illustration of operation
Page 6
Operating instructions
Page 7
Vacuum bag guidelines
Page 8
Page 10
Cleaning & maintenance
Page 11
Disposal of the appliance
Page 11
UK and EU Guarantee
Page 12
Electrical information
Page 12
Bags & rolls
Page 14
Contact details
Page 14
Important safeguards
When using any electrical appliance, basic safety precautions should always be
followed, including:
This appliance can be used by children aged from 8 years and above and
persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of
experience and knowledge if they have been given supervision or
instruction concerning use of the appliance in a safe way and understand
the hazards involved. Children shall not play with the appliance. Cleaning
and user maintenance shall not be made by children unless they are older
than 8 and supervised. Keep the appliance and its cord out of reach of
children less than 8 years old.
Always ensure the voltage on the rating label corresponds to the voltage in
your home.
Check the power cord and plug regularly for any damage. If the cord or the
plug is damaged, it must be replaced by a qualified electrician or a service
repair centre. If in doubt please contact our customer service team.
The appliance is intended for domestic use only. Industrial or commercial
use will void the warranty. The supplier cannot be held responsible for
injury or damage if the appliance has been used for anything other than its
intended use.
Incorrect operation and use can damage the appliance and cause injury to
the user.
Do not use the appliance if it has been dropped or damaged in anyway. If
the unit has been damaged take the unit for examination and or repair by
and authorised service agent.
Do not immerse or expose the motor assembly, plug or the power cord in
water or any other liquid for any reason.
If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced by the manufacturer or
by someone who is suitably qualified to avoid a potential hazard.
Do not let the cord hang over the edge of a table or counter. Ensure that
the cord is not in a position where it can be pulled or tripped over
Do not allow the cord to touch hot surfaces and do not place the cord near
hot gas or electric burners or in a heated oven.
Use of an extension cord with this appliance is not recommended.
However if it is necessary to use an extension cord, ensure that the
extension cord is equal to or greater than the power consumption of the
appliance to avoid overheating of the appliance and extension cord. Do
not use any other appliance on the extension cord. Do not place the
extension cord in a position where it can be pulled on by children or animals
or be tripped over.
Always operate the appliance on a smooth, even and stable surface. Do not
place the unit on a hot surface.
Always remove the plug of the appliance safely. Do not pull on the
appliances cord to remove the appliance plug from the electrical socket.
Never handle or operate the appliance with wet hands.
Illustration of functions
3 4.
Seal only
Indicator lamp (for seal)
Indicator lamp
(for vacuum)
Functions and features
Vacuum/Seal: This draws air out of the bag, and automatically switches to seal
the bag after the vacuum is completed.
Seal only: Used to seal the bag without vacuum so that the vacuum can be
Cancel: Switches off the appliance and has a sealing action whenever the
operator wants to stop the operation.
Cover lock: Unlock or lock the cover. On the left side and right side of the cover.
Indicator lamp: To indicate the status of vacuum or seal process.
Sealing strip: Contains a heating wire covered with Teflon, which allows the bag
to seal but not stick to the strip.
Sealing gasket: Presses the bag onto the sealing strip.
Vacuum surface: Draws air out of bag and catches any liquid that overflows.
Airproof loop of sponge: Airproof the vacuum area.
Illustration of operation
Push the opening of the bag to the
bottom of the air portal.
Fig 1.
Press to Lock.
Fig 2.
Press for release.
Fig 3.
Operating instructions
Making a bag
Plug the unit into the power source.
Unroll the bag and put one end of the bag on top of the black rubber strip,
then close the cover (Fig 1).
Press the cover down on both sides by the line area using two hands, until
two click sounds can be heard (Fig 2).
Press the “Seal Only” button and the red LED will illuminate.
When the LED light disappears, the bag is sealed. Note, it will not make a
noise while sealing,
Pull out the bag roll and cut to your desired length. The bag is now ready.
Preserve food with vacuum:
Put the food that you want to preserve inside the bag.
Clean and straighten the open end of the bag, ensure there are no wrinkles
or ripples on the panels of the open ends.
Make sure that both panels of the bag are located within the rippled area
(vacuum plate) below the round post (vacuum pump hole), to prevent
Close the cover and then press heavily on both sides of the cover in the lined
areas until two click sounds can be heard.
Press the “vacuum/seal” button, then the bag will be automatically
vacuumed and sealed.
Press the two side lock buttons and the process is completed.
Hints for best vacuuming performance:
Do not put too much food inside the bag, leave enough empty space so the
operating process is not hindered.
Do not wet the open end of the bag. Wet bags may be difficult to melt and
seal tightly.
Clean and straighten the open end of the bag before sealing the bags. Make
sure there are no wrinkles or creased lines on the open panels, as foreign
objects or creased bags may be difficult to tightly seal.
Do not leave too much air inside the bag. Press the bag down to allow extra
air to escape from the bag before vacuuming it. Too much air inside the bag
increases the vacuum pump loading and may cause the motor to have
insufficient power to draw away all the air inside the bag.
Do not vacuum seal objects with sharp points like fish bones and hard shells,
as sharp points may penetrate and tear the bag.
For the best sealing effect, it is best to let the appliance cool down for 1
minute before using it again.
Wipe off any excess liquid or food residue left on the Interface after each bag
If the vacuum has not been created, the vacuum system will shut
automatically after 30 seconds. If this occurs please check if the bag has a
leak, or the bag was not placed properly on the appliance.
Open a sealed bag
Cut the bag straight across with scissors, just inside of the seal.
You can reseal many foods in their original packaging (i.e. crisp packets)
follow steps of “Preserve food with Vacuum”.
Note: The vacuum preservation system can’t be directly used for the
vacuum sealing of the canisters or jars.
Vacuum bag guidelines
Vacuum sealing for the refrigerator
For the busy family, on-the-go meals can be prepared ahead and vacuum-sealed in
individual servings, ready to heat at any time.
Preparing food for the freezer
In properly stored conditions, the vacuum sealer helps you to maintain the
foods freshness. Try to start with the freshest food possible.
Freeze foods which need to hold their shape or are fragile in nature, then
vacuum seal in a vacuum bag and return to freezer.
To vacuum seal liquid-based foods, such as soups, casseroles or stews, first
freeze them in a baking pan or tempered dish. Next, vacuum seal, label and
stack in your freezer as soon as they are frozen solid.
Blanch the vegetables by cooking them briefly in boiling water or
microwaving them. Then allow them to cool down, and vacuum seal in
convenient portions.
To vacuum seal the foods that are not frozen, allow two extra inches of bag
length to allow for expansion while freezing. Place the meat or fish on a
paper towel, and vacuum seal with the paper towel in the bag. This will help
to absorb moisture from the foods.
Before storing the foods such as tortillas, crepes or hamburger patties, use
wax or parchment paper between them to stack the pieces. This makes it
convenient to remove some of the food, reseal the rest and immediately
place them in the freezer.
Nothing happens when
pressing the vacuum sealer 
Air is not removed from
the bag completely
Vacuum sealer bag loses
vacuum after being sealed.
Make sure the power cord is correctly plugged
into the electrical outlet and in the “on”
position. Test electrical outlet by plugging in
another appliance, if it is not working, please
check the circuit breakers or fuses in your
Check power cord and plug, make sure they are
not damaged in any way. If damaged, do not
use the vacuum sealer.
To seal properly, the open end of the bag
should be resting entirely inside the vacuum
channel area.
Check the sealing strip and gasket beneath the
lid for debris and position. Wipe clean and
smooth them back into place.
The bag may have a hole. To test, seal the bag
with some air in it, submerge in water, and
apply pressure. If bubbles are present it is an
indicator that there is a leak and a new bag
should be used.
Check if the lid is completely latched into place.
Wrinkles, crumbs, grease or liquids may cause
leaks along the seal. Reopen the bag, wipe the
top inside of the bag and smooth it out along
the sealing strip before resealing.
Check if there is moisture or juices from the
food present within the bag, you may need to
cut open the bag and reseal it, or use an
entirely new bag. Foods with excess liquids
should be frozen before vacuum sealing.
Items with sharp edges, may have punctured
the bag, and released the vacuum. Cushion
sharp edges in the contents of the bag with
paper towels.
Cleaning and maintenance
Always unplug the unit before cleaning the appliance.
Do not immerse it in water or any other liquid.
Do not use abrasive cleaners to clean the unit, as they will scratch the
Wipe the outside of the unit with a damp cloth or sponge and mild
To clean the inside of the unit, wipe away any food or liquid with a paper
Dry thoroughly before using it again.
Preserving the bags
Wash the bags in warm water with a mild detergent, then rinse the bags
well and allow them to dry thoroughly before re-using them.
Bags can be washed on the top rack in your dishwasher by turning the bags
inside out. Stand the bag up so the water can flow from inside of the bag.
Dry thoroughly before re-using.
Note: Bags used to store raw meats, fish or greasy foods can’t be re-used.
Storing your vacuum sealer:
Keep the unit in a flat and safe place, out of the reach of children.
Disposal of the appliance
Please note that this Andrew James product is mark with this Symbol: This
means that this product must not be disposed of together with ordinary
household waste, as electrical and electronic waste must be disposed of
In accordance with the WEEE directive, every member state must ensure correct
collection, recovery, handling and recycling of electrical and electronic waste.
Private households in the E.U. can take used equipment to special recycling
stations free of charge. In certain member states used apparatus can be returned
to the dealer where they were bought on the condition you buy new products.
Contact your retailer, distributor or the municipal authorities for further
information on what you should do with electrical and electronic waste.
UK and EU Guarantee
Your new Andrew James product comes with a 24 month guarantee and a 2 year
fixed warranty, effective from receipt confirmation. Your receipt or order number is
required as proof of purchase date so it is imperative that you keep it safe. This
guarantee only applies if the item has been used solely for the use intended, and all
instructions have been followed accordingly. Please note this product is only for
domestic use only and is not for commercial use.
Abuse of your product will invalidate the guarantee. Returned goods can only be
accepted if repackaged properly within the original colour product box, and
presented with the original receipt of sale/order number. This does not affect your
statutory rights.
Returned products must be cleaned and returned to us in as close to delivery
condition as possible.
If your product develops a problem within the first 12 months of the fixed
warranty, we will pay all shipping costs to have it returned to us. After 12 months
the customer will be liable for the cost of returning the product to us. We will then
pay to have the repaired/replaced item shipped back to the customer.
If you wish to return your item for a full refund, you have the right to do so within
the first 7 days. For our returns policy please go to
Customers are responsible for any taxes applied to our products when they are
shipped outside of the EU.
All of our prices are inclusive of VAT.
Once a product has been returned to us, we will aim to repair or replace it within
30 days of receipt.
The guarantee does not cover any defect arising from improper use, damage, buildup of lime scale or repair attempts made by third-parties. Also, the guarantee does
not cover normal wear and tear of individual parts.
Electrical Plug Information
Please note:
It is extremely important that the wires or cores in the flex are connected to the
correct terminals in the plug. If the colour of the mains lead of the appliance does
not correspond with the coloured markings identifying the terminals in your plug
proceed as follows:
The Live (Brown) wire
connects to the rightmost live (L) terminal
nearest to the fuse.
The Neutral (Blue) wire
connects to the leftmost neutral (N)
The Earth (Green and
Yellow) wire connects
to the central, top most
earthed (E) terminal.
If the appliance is double insulated indicated by the double insulated symbol:
it should not have an earth wire or earth connection.
The plug must be protected by the correct AMP fuse; this will be indicated on the
case of the plug. Only BSI or ASTA approved fuses should be used. When changing
the fuse always replace it with a fuse that is of the same identical rating as the
original. If you are unsure about which plug or fuse to use, always refer to a
qualified electrician.
Please note after replacing the fuse, ensure that the cover is correctly fitted back
onto the plug. Never attempt to run the appliance if the plug does not have a cover.
If a moulded plug is fitted and has to be removed take great care in disposing of the
plug and severed cable, it must be destroyed to prevent it from engaging into a
socket. If the supply cord is damaged it must be replaced by a service agent or a
similarly qualified person in order to avoid a hazard.
All of our electrical appliances conform to pre-existing EC Directives 2006/95/EC
(Low Voltage Directive) and 2004/108/EC (EMC Directives).
For further information please visit
Bags and Rolls
Your machine includes 10 bags 22cm X 30cm + 5 bags of 28cm X 40cm For
replacement bags and rolls please call us on 0844 335 8464 or purchase direct from
our website
Contact details
Andrew James UK LTD
Unit 1
P C Henderson Premises
Bowburn North Industrial Estate
Co Durham
Customer Service / Technical Support- Telephone 0844 335 8464
Customer Service/ Technical Support Email:
[email protected]
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