Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 11/26/2012 12:04 PM
Cooking appliances are essential if you cook a lot. They are particularly vital when you’ve gone through all the efforts to prepare a meal only to discover that your oven isn’t up to the task. If you are trying desperately to get your oven going in a pinch, here are a few guidelines to help you diagnose your problems in case it’s something that can be easily fixed to get back to preparing a meal: Gas Range:

It doesn’t work at all: Check to make sure it’s getting power. Check for tripped circuit breakers or a blown fuse. Check the wall socket for power by plugging something else in. Top burner doesn’t work: This could just be a clogged burner so check to make sure it is clean and free from any obstructions. If your model has a spark igniter instead of a pilot, the problem could be very difficult to diagnose and you’re likely better calling in the experts. It doesn’t bake: first off, make sure your oven is set to manual bake and it’s not on a timer. If that isn’t it, the most common problem is a burned...
By Laura on 11/19/2012 1:11 PM
Dishwashers are a great appliance and when used properly they can actually save you money. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to keeping more of the green you like for what you really want to spend it on. When picking out a dishwasher, choose a dishwasher that fits the amount of dishwashing you do. If you serve for a large family, you’re going to need a large capacity dishwasher to make sure you can get a day’s worth of dishes in it without having some left over. If you live by yourself and are only home for one meal a day, you aren’t going to want a huge dishwasher you would never fill.  Get an energy efficient dishwasher. If you have the option of choosing a dishwasher, get one with high energy efficiency ratings. Energy Star ratings are a great indicator since anything with their sticker on it is required to be at least 25% more efficient than the mandated minimum.  Get a full load before running. Don’t run the dishwasher with only a few dishes in it. It goes through the same amount of water and cycles regardless of how many you put in, so make the best of it and don’t be wasteful....
By Laura on 11/12/2012 6:29 AM
As you could imagine, hanging clothes on a clothesline to air dry is by far the greenest method of getting your clothes dried after a wash. Unfortunately, this is significantly less convenient than using a dryer. When you don’t have time to use the free drying method, here are a few tips to help you keep wasted energy to a minimum: Where possible, keep your dryer in a warm room of the house. This will cut down on how much heating the dryer has to do to. If you live in a residence with same floor living this is likely not an issues but some homes have their laundry in a basement or areas without climate control where temperatures may get down to cold levels causing the dryer to have to work harder to get it to operating temperature. When purchasing a dryer, make sure you purchase one that has a moisture sensor to detect when the clothes are dry and shut itself off to prevent it from running for excess time after the job is already done. A dryer works by forcing hot air into the drum. In order for this air to be effective in drying out your clothes, it has to have an unrestricted exit back out of the drum with the moisture. Cleaning out the lint trap keeps the air flowing properly and in turn keeps the dryer running as efficiently as it can in order to cut down on wasted energy....
By Laura on 11/5/2012 6:31 AM
The average North American household is estimated to do an average of 400 loads of laundry per year. Combine that with an average clothes washer using 40 gallons of water per load and your average household burns through 16,000 gallons a year just keeping their clothes clean! Are we that dirty?! Even if you don’t care about the environmental aspect of how much water you could be going through, this costs you more than just the water expenditure. Even if water is cheap, heating it for the washer to use it is not cheap. 85% to 90% of the energy used during a wash cycle is that of heating the water. If you have the option of using a washer that uses 13 gallons of water versus one that uses 40 gallons, you could be saving a lot on your energy bill! Washing machines have made a huge change in improved efficiency but they can still consume huge amounts of energy heating the water. Washers don’t require a minimum temperature to wash the clothes so unless you’re trying to get out deep stains, there generally isn’t...
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