Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 6/24/2013 5:40 AM
It’s been a while since we did a trends update so I thought we’d do the first of the year now that we’re a little ways into it and see what’s making headlines (and magazines covers). Many trends are carry-overs from last year that are still gaining popularity. Gray color schemes in the kitchen are up 55% since 2010. This is a difficult look to pull off correctly but with some well-coordinated contrast, gray themes can look stunning and memorable.Transitional kitchen styles are on the rise making it possible to blend traditional kitchens with contemporary warmth.Quartz is close second to granite in the kitchen. Quartz products are known for having the best of granite and the best of “man-made” products. They are stone based so they are extremely hard and durable. They both have pros and cons but many people are starting to lean towards quartz these days.According to Retail Observer “The total cost of the average kitchen” is down nearly $4,000. The present economy is making a lot of changes to consumer buying but...
By Laura on 6/17/2013 6:21 AM
Whirlpool Corporation recently accused foreign manufacturers such as Samsung and LG of selling washing machines in North America below fair market value. This is known as “dumping” where a company takes a deliberate loss in sales profits typically to try and over-ride their competition to push them out of the market. Whirlpool just won this case which the Department of Commerce has proposed preventing this dumping by forcing tariffs on imports from South Korean and Mexican manufactured appliances made by companies such as LG, Samsung, Daewoo, and Electrolux in the range of 11 to 151 percent. It has been discovered that Korean government has been subsidizing companies such as Samsung and LG.Manufacturers such as Samsung have voiced their disappointment in the decision saying it will likely reduce washer choices for North American buyers. Other manufacturers are yet to comment on the decision.The goal is to keep Whirlpool from having to drop more employees and lose more shares. Even Sears Holding Corp. has been...
By Laura on 6/10/2013 6:35 AM
There’s a concept in engineering known as “ecodesign” that has been around for a while. There are lots of tools they’ve developed to measure how much the appliances manufacturers change the environment throughout the future use of the appliances. There are three main things that motivate manufacturers: regulations, market factors, and competitors. There are a lot of organizations that specify minimum requirements for energy levels and water usage on different appliances especially in North America. These regulations have certainly raised standards and come a long way in improving energy consumption in a wide range of appliances.Comptetition factors in where a manufacturer has to either lead the industry or keep up. Since it’s rare that a manufacturer develops a new appliance that they can trademark and lead the industry in, they have to be at the forefront of developing new features and exceeding standards to remain competitive.Market factors are about affecting a manufacturer’s view in the market both positive...
By Laura on 6/3/2013 6:27 AM
Washers have been getting more and more efficient and quieter. Ever wonder how? The motors are getting smaller! They have also been incorporating a lot of less energy hungry electronics but for the most part, the quieter operation is a result of insulation and smaller quieter motors. In order for these little motors to crank a drum around at the impressive 1,500+ rpm that most front load washers spin at, these motors have to be impressive to endure years of use.

A lot of engineering goes into finding motors that drive these drums to the speeds required to wring as much water out of the clothes as possible before throwing them into the dryer. There’s even a whole science behind the technology they use to slow the drum back down after spinning!

The best part of all this is that the more research manufactures do to cut down on noise and electricity usage, the more money the end user saves as well!
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