Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 5/29/2012 11:28 AM
We have all seen several trends come and go, sometimes without realizing it. So many juicers and various small-scale cooking devices have flooded the markets and left almost as quickly. Some stuck around long enough to be useful but eventually lost popularity… i.e. foreman grill… Anyways, the same is true of full scale appliances. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re paying for an increase in quality for a product or just a premium for its popularity. I’m going to do my best to break down a few past and current trends to help you figure out what is worth spending your money on. First off, stainless steel is a touchy subject but it seems to finally be just about preference more than about its popularity as a trend. Some people still swear by it despite its cold feel and the hassle of trying to keep fingerprints off it… It has a very classy look but beware that when there are too many appliances and large-scale appliances, a kitchen with too much steel can quickly look more like an operating room if you’re...
By Laura on 5/21/2012 11:25 AM
Fear not! These may just be normal operating sounds. Your refrigerator has an evaporator, located in your freezer section (hidden away from view) that accumulates frost during the cooling process. When the refrigerator goes into a defrost cycle, a heater element switches on to help melt this frost off the evaporator. On occasion, the melting frost will come in contact with the element causing a hissing sound. Some refrigerator models will have vent slits on the back panel and this element may be visible when it’s on, glowing red. Don’t be alarmed, it’s doing its job. A cracking noise may also be heard during this defrost cycle. It will sound like snow crunching under your foot. As the frost is melting off the evaporator the change in state will cause that crunching/cracking sound. This is also another normal sound of your refrigerator during this cycle. These sounds will only be heard during this defrost cycle. If you hear more rhythmic or pronounced sounds don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy...
By Laura on 5/10/2012 5:21 AM
You may be thinking about buying a huge refrigerator just to accommodate the few times that it gets “stuffed” (i.e. Thanksgiving!). This may seem like good reasoning but you may want to reconsider. Try to plan out the refrigerator size you purchase based on regular use. Odds are that you wouldn’t be able to keep all the food that you put in there at the times that you stuff it anyways. When you consider the wasted energy of cooling a larger unit than you need year-round, it may actually cost less to invest in a compact fridge or freezer to use briefly on those rare occasions. This way you wouldn’t be cooling a larger space than you need to all year!
By Laura on 5/8/2012 10:02 AM
Clothes are woven from soft fabrics to provide flexibility, breathability and comfort. Over time, the fabric begins to deteriorate even if it is not washed and dried. The agitator of a washing machine will loosen these fibers from the cloth in the form of lint. We can certainly see the result when the clothes are placed in a clothes dryer. Placed in a dryer and spun around while hot air blows onto them creates a static friction that compounds the process. Dryers need to dispense their hot air exhaust and a lint trap or screen helps to block most of the loose fabric from entering the exhaust vent. If not properly cleaned, the lint trap or lint screen will trap the gathered loose fabric and choke the exhaust of the dryer. This means it takes longer to dry the clothes. It also creates a fire hazard. Many clothes and cloth material are not flame retardant. Placed inside the drum of a dryer with hot air created by a heating element or open flame, dryer lint can easily catch on fire. To make sure your dryer is running...
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