Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 9/24/2012 7:36 AM
We have grown so accustomed to the conveniences our household appliances offer that we seldom realize how much our daily lives are dependent on them until they inconveniently take a break on us (pun intended). Our washing machines make it possible for us to take up just a few moments cleaning laundry not to mention where we’d be without our refrigerators! Can you imagine not having the ability to keep your food cold? Our appliances are so important to our daily lives that they can instantly change our schedules if something goes wrong with them!  We thought we’d write some information from our standpoint that may help you get your schedule back on track as quickly as possible. When something goes wrong with any of your appliances, there is some information that you can put together to make the scheduling process go much more smoothly and get your problem fixed as quickly as possible.  First off, safely get your appliance’s make, model, and serial number. This helps us pull up the right information on...
By Laura on 9/17/2012 11:14 AM
All sorts of vent hoods have come out with different purposes in mind. Some suck the air up, some pull the air back, some act as a downdraft inhaling the cooking fumes directly down. There are all sorts of companies that make beautiful and unique hoods that look like chandeliers or ornate cabinetry or flat panels or… you name it! One thing I’ve been seeing a lot more of lately are motorized vents that move to the optimum position for functionality then retract to a less obstructive position when they’re not in use or disappear entirely becoming flush with the appliance or counter. Some of them come up from the back and pull the air back or pop up from the center and suck the air into the center of the oven. Many of these have built-in charcoal filters to recirculate the air and eliminate the need to vent outside. They can also be equipped with LED lighting to shed some light on your cooking experience. They often come in various stainless and glass construction depending on the look you’re going for or the appliance it is matching up with. A bunch of the major appliance manufacturers are building these motorized vent hoods into some of the appliances themselves....
By Laura on 9/10/2012 10:56 AM
Everything breaks down with time regardless of how much it’s worth. Knowing how long an appliance will last can help you plan accordingly so you’re not surprised into making a major purchase. The lifespan of some appliances has increased thanks to advances in technology, while it has decreased in others due to various other reasons. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducted a study on the longevity of housing components. Many of the manufacturers, trade associations, and researchers surveyed emphasized that the life expectancy of all appliances is “largely affected by the quality of the maintenance performed on them”.  Regular maintenance can go a long way in getting the full life out of an appliance. Regular water filter replacements not only improves water quality but also keeps hard water deposits from building up and causing damage to your appliances. Emptying out the lint trap before every use reduces hazards and keeps the dryer from struggling to force air through a buildup of wet lint. Fully cleaning out cooking appliances can keep vents from getting clogged and prevent any other potentially dangerous issues that can result from a lack of cleaning....
By Laura on 9/4/2012 11:26 AM
A lot of innovations have been made in the appliance industry over the years allowing functionality to make things easier while working in the kitchen. Refrigerators have taken on some of the biggest advancements in functionality. Over the years, refrigerator doors have gone from flat doors that serve solely as the function of closing up the refrigerator to outside temperatures to becoming one of the most useful storage areas on the appliance. Now they have multiple shelves that serve alternating functions and can be raised and lowered depending on their purpose. They also now hold quite high weight ratings so you can load them up with as many drink cartons or other heavy contents as you need to without worrying about tearing the doors off. One other nice feature about this is the accessibility since the doors open out essentially making the contents come out into the room for ease of reach. Many of these door bins are large enough to accommodate up to full size gallon water and milk jugs so you’re not even...
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