Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 8/27/2012 11:26 AM
Studies show that the average home uses $1,300 to $1,900 in energy costs every year. Energy Star rated appliances can cut $400 - $600 off that figure. Energy Star is a standard generated by the U.S. government back in 1992 with the intentions of reducing power consumption and greenhouse emissions generated by power plants.   In order to qualify for Energy Star ratings, a product has to deliver features and performance that are demanded by consumers plus they have to deliver certain standards of efficiency. If the product costs more than an appliance in the same category, it needs to make up for the added cost by recovering the investment through savings within a reasonable amount of time. Energy savings must be able to be measured and verified through testing. Labeling of Energy Star rated appliances also make the standards visible for consumers. Energy Star appliances use up to %50 less water than standard models making water savings a huge incentive. The less water that gets used; the less water is polluted...
By Laura on 8/20/2012 6:01 AM
We’ve all seen the remakes of old movies with everything styled in beautiful, soft-edge styles and bright colors. Many appliance manufacturers have caught on to what the film, fashion, and automobile industry manufacturers realized a long time. Fashions come back around. Many companies are now making appliances with a retro look to them. Ranges, refrigerators, washers and dryers and many others can be found with that early era feel.  Refrigerators seem to be the most common to be seen resembling older style ice boxes from an era long forgotten with the implementation of electricity and refrigerant. They often have rounded off edges and a much softer look as well as large metallic handles and hardware. Sometimes you’ll even see them adorn vibrant colors or pastels from earlier eras. Don’t be fooled by the appearance though, these cooling appliances are packed with all the technology for efficient, low-maintenance cooling unlike the models they’re designed to look like. Washers and dryers have obviously come...
By Laura on 8/15/2012 6:20 AM
Hard water is caused by the presence of calcium and magnesium sulphates and/or chlorides which causes a lot of interesting problems for appliances. Hard water affects an estimated 85% of North American households. Dishwashers can make quite the display of hard water problems. They will leave spots and a hazy film on your dishes. The minerals that make water hard are released faster when they come into contact with heat which exaggerates the problem. 

This is not a health risk but it can be embarrassing and a royal pain if you take the time to clean the film off your dishes after already washing them! Hard water can change your laundry as well. The minerals combined with soils can team up and leave your clothes feeling stiff and scratchy as well as break down the materials of the clothes sometimes cutting their life almost in half.
By Laura on 8/6/2012 10:48 AM
There are many things that cause a refrigerator to break down but some of them can easily be avoided. A refrigerator runs off a liquid based cooling system. This system has an intricate network of parts on the exterior of the unit that all have to stay clean and free of debris. If any part of this system gets covered or stuffed with dust, the whole system will be working harder to make up for the obstruction and can eventually fail. The efficiency loss aside, this can be a costly replacement or repair when you consider that all you need is a brush and a few minutes twice a year to clean your refrigerator.  Take a look at your owner’s manual to see how to take the front plate and back plate off your refrigerator and gently pull out all the junk that has accumulated on your appliance. Keep in mind that you will need a strong back to pull the refrigerator out, and a strong stomach to deal with what you may find in and around it.  Failure to keep your condenser coils clean is the number 1 cause of condenser failure...
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