Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 3/25/2013 8:43 AM
We live in the age of information.  We no longer even have to sit down at a computer to look something up. We can literally be walking down the street and push a button to tell our phones to look something up for us. Manufacturers and servicers have been keeping this in mind as technology moves forward.  The smartphone has changed everything. Even appliances are being built with smart phones in mind! At this point, if you forgot to shut your dryer off before you left your house you can connect to your dryer and shut it off from the road! But don’t worry, you can tell it to start back up as soon as you get home. Many new refrigerators are equipped with a sensor that alerts you with an audible alarm to let you know if the doors are left open. Imagine if it sent a message to your phone as well. Better yet, imagine if you could check with your phone to make sure your oven or surface elements weren’t left on. One manufacturer is even talking about making their robot vacuum cleaner accessible remotely. Clean...
By Laura on 3/18/2013 8:10 AM
We use cloth so frequently in our everyday lives that cleaning it just becomes an instinctual process. Throw like colours in the washer, add detergent, push buttons and wait for the alarm then throw everything in the dryer and start the next washer load. What most people don’t realize is that the appliance doing all that cleaning may need a cleaning from time to time itself! Clothes washers use detergents that tend to build up in hard to clean areas. Not to mention all the residue and grime that builds up while we’re doing the laundry. Take some paper towels and an all-purpose cleaner and wipe down the top and outsides of the washer. Scrub down the inside of the washer lid with a mildew cleaner or a vinegar and water solution. Be sure to thoroughly clean the seal around the door if it is a front-load washer.  Remove all fluids dispensers and scrub them down in the sink. If you appear to be getting a buildup in the tub itself, a good trick is to run the washer empty with two cups of vinegar or lemon juice...
By Laura on 3/11/2013 5:44 AM
Many manufacturers are building appliances in North American plants but it’s pretty much impossible to find any appliance that’s North American from the ground up. Viking, Dacor, Sub-Zero, and Wolf are some of the companies producing appliances in North American factories. Sub-Zero even acquired a manufacturing facility in Arizona with the intentions of increasing quality control for the products they’re selling. Whirlpool, Maytag (which is owned by Whirlpool), and GE manufacture appliances in North America as well as overseas. Some foreign-owned companies even manufacture in North America such as Bosch and Electrolux.  Interestingly enough, many manufacturers produce some appliances in North America while others may be made in another country entirely and where the parts were manufactured is even harder to track. In order to acquire the “Made in America” sticker, an appliance must have all of its “significant parts” and processing in the U.S. otherwise it might still be able to grab a “Made in the U.S.A....
By Laura on 3/4/2013 9:13 AM
There are a lot of things that we can deal with procrastinating a little on but when an awful smell is emanating from an appliance, it’s hard to ignore. Here are a few quick tips for how to get rid of smells as quickly as possible. If you accidentally burn something in the microwave, the smell can be a reminder of your mistake for a long time.  The entire house could smell like burnt hair if you really goofed and no one wants to smell that! Believe it or not, tea does wonders for microwave stench. Fill a cup halfway with water and put a single tea bag in it. Cook it on low for five minutes then let it sit in there for another 5 to 10 minutes. If the smell doesn’t go away, repeat it daily until it does. Scrubbing the inside with a water and baking soda can go a long way in eliminating odors. Ovens cook our food and for the most part the food that spills over during the cooking process gets burned off. Some of the residual leftovers can start to smell. The first step in dealing with this is cleaning out anything...
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