Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 6/25/2012 12:07 PM
Many people consider trash compactors to be an upscale appliance. What people don’t take into consideration is how much better these appliances are for the environment. They can compress trash to 20% of the space it would normally take up. This means 80% less landfill space will be consumed by your trash. Not to mention, that much less space will be taken up on the trash truck saving in gas and emissions on the garbage disposal end. There’s also the fringe benefit that you don’t have to take out the garbage as much! Trash compactors come in both under-counter and stand-alone models. Stand-alone models don’t require fabrication of your kitchen and come in many different styles. Some of them just look like a regular trash can… with a cord.

Please remember to also recycle cans, bottles and cardboard wherever you can – this helps our landfills even more!

By Laura on 6/18/2012 10:13 AM
If your water has a strange taste or smell it’s probably because your water filter is overdue for a replacement. The problem is that there is no exact time for when you should replace your water filter so it can be difficult to determine when it should be replaced. Manufacturers try to set a specific quantity of water that the filter can handle before it needs to be replaced, usually set in gallons. The number that the manufacturer throws out isn’t that easy to calculate. The manufacturers take figures from outside filter manufacturers or sometimes run their own private tests. Either way, they’re not using your water. They are using a control water group, which means their test results are highly unlikely to match the exact life expectancy of a filter using your water. Your water quality makes a huge difference in the life of your filter. There are many variables that effect water, such as water table, septic waste or seepage, soil absorption, chemicals treating the water. Any variance in these can make a drastic...
By Laura on 6/11/2012 10:48 AM
Even though you have four elements on your stove (or more), having one out of commission can be a hassle. There is something you can try before having a technician out. Try replacing the element first. If you tend to go through elements more often than you think is normal, consider your cooking habits. Regular coil elements are meant for cooking a meal for one family, and if you find yourself cooking for long periods of time or at high heats you may want to consider replacing your regular coil elements with canning elements. Available at any parts supplier, canning elements are meant for just that – canning. They are designed to withstand higher temperatures for longer periods of time. They might just be your element solution! If a replacement element, canning or regular, doesn't solve your problem feel free to give us a call and we will be able to help you! Go to our PARTS page if you need help finding the correct part for your stove,...
By Laura on 6/4/2012 5:44 AM
Many trends have come and gone sometimes without ever leaving an impression. Others have made big waves but washed away just as quickly. Here are a few more trends that are hitting the markets: Outdoor kitchens are becoming a popular trend, believe it or not. This trend is generally catered to those that have “extra money to spend” but more simple designs can be incorporated relatively inexpensively. They generally consist of some central outdoor grill, but here’s where it gets interesting… There are often cooling or heating units integrated into the mix. Some people go to the extreme of adding sinks, refrigerators, griddles, storage, roasting pits, you name it! Some of the most lavish We’ve seen have all of these built into stone counters around patios with bar height seating and countertops as well as designer roofing to make sure the party can’t get rained out. Oh and don’t forget the custom stereo integrated into the structure. The last major trend change in clothes washing appliances came with the...
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