Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 10/29/2012 5:37 AM
Seven percent of all the energy used in your home is from your refrigerator! This is a huge percentage when you consider how many things are left on and how many other appliances you use throughout the day! Refrigerators have advanced a lot over the years but there are many things you may not know you could be doing differently to conserve a lot of energy with your existing refrigerator. Many older refrigerators can have their seals start to leak or even begin to fall off. This may seem like a minor nuisance but they could cost you a lot of money. At first it’s just leaking a little bit of air making the refrigerator run harder and longer. In the long run, just leaving a seal in this condition will cost you high energy bills AND the cost of a new refrigerator. New seals generally cost a few dollars to replace versus the price tag of a brand new refrigerator. Shut the door! Were you raised in a barn? Refrigerators are closed units for a reason. They need to hold the cold air in otherwise it’s stuck completely...
By Laura on 10/22/2012 12:29 PM
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So many technological things have become so commonplace in our lives that we may entirely forget what it was like before them. While not all of us use our phones for email and online browsing, it is extremely rare to find anyone that doesn’t at least have a cell phone for making calls.  Civilizations have been around for a long time and most of our electronics have only been available within the last twenty years or so! Most appliances have been around for much longer than that but putting it into perspective, there is recorded history for thousands of years while the first dishwasher was invented only 160 years ago. Before that… scrubba dub dub! That’s right, everyone used to wash their clothes by hand. Hard to even imagine this day and age isn’t it? Dishwashers have come a long way in how...
By Laura on 10/15/2012 5:52 AM
We’ve all seen at least something about the Terminator movies and stories about the machines taking over if they are given too much artificial intelligence. That fear is probably not something we need to worry about in our daily lives and technology really has made things so much easier that I think most of us are willing to take a risk.  Some of us are old enough to remember the family’s first computer while generations after us have grown up playing with handheld devices more powerful than those first computers. Technology has advanced at a rapid rate and it’s been pretty exciting watching as things that would have been science fiction only a decade ago, have become normal use in our lives. Nearly all our appliances at this point are computer controlled to some degree which has made some impressive functions possible. Refrigerators for example are able to regulate temperature to the exact degree and can program defrost times to keep it running in top efficiency. Some refrigerators even ship with built-in...
By Laura on 10/8/2012 8:15 AM
We often get complacent in dealing with things that don’t make the priority list but some things you may not know about should be high on that list! For example, did you know that “clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries annually”? The leading factor they found was “failure to clean”. Are you making a to-do list right now? You should be! Dryers work by forcing hot air into the drum where wet clothes are placed. During the drying process, lint is generated. Most of this lint is caught by the lint trap… but not all of it! Some still gets through into the piping and collects, both restricting the air flow and creating a fuel source for the hot air to ignite. This is an extremely dangerous combination if left unattended. Consult your manual to find out the proper process for cleaning every single spot the lint could collect. If you can’t find the manual or aren’t sure how to get at some of these areas, call in professionals. It’s a lot cheaper paying someone to...
By Laura on 10/1/2012 6:08 AM
I recently read an article about Whirlpool coming out with a new line of washer and dryer that incorporate an lcd touchscreen as the user interface for the appliances. The appliances are claimed to have a price tag in the area of $4000. My first thought was how easy this will probably be to use. My second thought was something along the lines of keeping up with the Joneses! Then I realized I could never justify spending that much money for cool factor!  There are so many things in life that look neater than the last model like cars, shoes, clothes;  but most of the time it’s just things we want and don’t need. Appliances are no exception. I’ve seen many appliances like these that look amazing but when it comes down to it, you’re paying a premium for something with a higher risk of breaking down and costing you even more money.   When you are shopping for appliances, try to be rational and get something that suits your needs rather than wants. If you run a maid service, you’re going to need a huge washer...
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