Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 1/28/2013 7:55 AM
Since 1850 people have been able to enjoy the luxury of being able to throw dishes into an appliance to get clean dishes. The first models were hand operated but still didn’t require hand washing! The next major step was in the 1920s when they started hooking dishwashers up to permanent plumbing. That was when the innovation started as well. They started adding racks and soap dispensers for soaps that could perform different functions. Many times when someone is having trouble with their dishwasher not doing its job correctly, it’s actually just because they aren’t using the correct detergent. But how do you know what the correct detergent is? The purpose of detergents is to aid in cleaning dishes but there are so many types of detergents let alone number of brands carrying those different types. We can’t begin to discuss every combination of brand and type of detergent but we can shed some light on the different types of detergents and hopefully help you pick out what should work best for you. Since phosphates...
By Laura on 1/16/2013 1:12 PM
We have seen and heard so many ideas on how to clean a refrigerator that it would make your head spin. We’ve heard everything from home-made pastes and scents and cleaning agents to creating contraptions. The most effective method of cleaning a refrigerator is just doing it! You don’t need fancy three part hand-churned pastes with vanilla extract. I’m sure they smell great but unless you want a refrigerated potpourri box, just get whatever the owner’s manual suggests for cleaner types and take the time to clean out your refrigerator from time to time. As for the areas you might be missing when you’re going at it, we can shed some light on a few things that may help you be more thorough and maybe even get you some energy savings out of it. Refrigerators work by running fluids through a series of coils and contraptions that in short shed off heat. They are only as effective as they are clean. If you roll your refrigerator out far enough to see the mechanics on the back, you will likely see dust and other debris...
By Laura on 1/14/2013 6:26 AM
Cloth is amazing. We wear it. We sleep in it. We carry it. We sit on it. We use it for everything! One thing is for certain though… it gets dirty! You could just rinse stuff off but some of the dirt and oils and even smells will still be there unless you use the right cleaner. As far as laundry goes, there are two basic types of laundry detergents; liquid and powder. It got a little more confusing lately with the new front-load washers and “high-efficiency” washers. Typical top-loading washing machines take a conventional detergent and don’t work particularly well on high efficiency detergents. On the other hand, high-efficiency washers function very poorly with conventional detergents and can even junk up the washer and leave the clothes poorly cleaned. There are powder and liquid detergents available for both conventional top-load washers and high-efficiency washers. There are also some detergents that are dual-use but they might not be the best for what you need. This is very important to take note of...
By Laura on 1/9/2013 8:04 AM
Washers used to be such a simple appliance. You’d turn a dial and push a button and off it goes filling up with water, agitating, draining, filling, agitating, draining, spinning, done! Now we have all sorts of electronics that have made everything more efficient, clean clothes better, and even prolong the life of your clothes. These are all great things but everything comes with a cost. I’m not just referring to the price tag which we all know has gone up as well! I’m talking about how much everything has gotten complicated. If your washer isn’t draining properly, it may just have something clogged in the line. Or it could be the pump, or the computer could be stuck between cycles, or not allowing it to drain because it thinks it’s already empty, or the computer could be bad altogether. Complicated! If you’re handy enough, try to check the drain hose for kinks or a blockage but be extremely careful that you don’t create a flood in your home. Check the lid...
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