Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 4/29/2013 5:22 AM
With the warmer weather on its way, it would be a good idea to be ready before it hits. Our refrigeration systems have to work much harder in the warmer weather in order to keep things cool.Refrigerators and freezers have a device on them that is called the condenser. This part of the appliance is similar to the radiator in a car in that it takes the heat away. This unit is only as effective as it is clean. Over time the unit can become clogged with animal hair and dust making it harder for it to dissipate the heat it pulls from the appliance. This makes the unit work harder making it less efficient and more prone to failure due to the higher temperatures the unit will reach.Take a look at your owner’s manual to find the recommended cleaning method for your particular appliance. Please note that this is considered routine maintenance so it is not covered under manufacturer’s warranty. If you want to make sure the cleaning is done properly or you don’t feel like being covered in dust and animal hair, give us a...
By Laura on 4/22/2013 6:16 AM
Laundry is a common household task that most of us do quite frequently out of necessity. The worst thing most of us can imagine happening in the laundry room is a stain not coming out or a possible tear. The truth is that many serious injuries can happen with your laundry room and around the washer especially.This is an appliance that floods with a significant amount of water and detergent. The combination of these two fluids can make for a very slippery accident if either or both get on the floor. And since they use electricity, there is also the risk of shock, which can be increasingly dangerous if there is also a leak or spill. Statistics show that 4% of all house fires in North America in 2010 were caused by clothes washing machines and another 4% by washer/dryer combination appliances.The main cause of these fires was failure to properly clean the appliances and associated hardware. Mechanical failures were also listed as a cause for some of them.The first step in preventing electrocution in the laundry room...
By Laura on 4/15/2013 7:00 AM
Totem Appliance has been providing high quality appliance repair for over 45 years now. We know what it’s like to have to keep up with changes. Changes in equipment, training, trends, and especially technology make for interesting challenges we have to meet head on to stay at the forefront of the repair industry. Lately we have been getting drastically increased viewing of our website from mobile devices. We wanted to make sure our website was just as easy for you to get the information you need from us regardless of what you’re viewing our site on. With that in mind, we made a complete overhaul of our website from head to toe. Whether you’re looking at it from your fancy new computer or smartphone or anything in between, you can now easily navigate through our website for all your appliance repair needs. Take a look around!
By Laura on 4/8/2013 6:55 AM
Every year there are household fires. We all believe that it won’t happen to us but if you’re not paying attention to things that could cause fires then you could be at higher risk than you realize. In Canada alone, statistics show that an overwhelming 41% of household fires originated in the kitchen in 2007 (according to the Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners findings). Most people think of candles or fireplaces as the likely source of house fires but the truth is a lot of residential fires occur as a result of appliances. So the first thing most of us think of would be the stove, especially gas stoves since they have an open flame.  I bet you wouldn’t think of the dishwasher though.  Think again! Dishwashers account for well over a thousand structure fires in North America every year. Many injuries occurred as a result of these fires and at least two people died as a result so don’t overlook this appliance. Nearly every time a structure fire occurs, the cause is found to be negligence in...
By Laura on 4/1/2013 6:53 AM
Most of us take our dryers for granted but if you think about what they make possible, they should get more credit than we give them. The drying function they perform is also potentially dangerous if they aren’t taken care of properly. Take cloth, put it in an enclosed drum and add heat and air. This could end very badly of not treated properly. We put together a short list of things to consider when using your dryer to prevent disasters. Cloth is made up of tiny fibers made into strands through a series of magical weaving that is beyond me but when you dry your clothes these fibers separate from what you’re drying and will blow out of the dryer. Your lint trap is there to keep these fibers from making it into the tubing outside your dryer where it can build up and create blockages that would be a dangerous fire hazard. That being said, make sure you’re cleaning your lint trap before every single use to make sure it is allowing air to flow freely out of the dryer and not creating a blockage itself. Make sure the venting pipes coming out of the dryer are not bent, restricted, or pinched in any way. Restrictions can create higher temperatures in the dryer and vent tubes allowing potentially dangers you should avoid....
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