Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 7/29/2013 6:37 AM
When a company as big as General Electric designs an entire line for the sole purpose of targeting a new demographic, it’s probably a good idea to take notice.  GE has decided to go after the “20-somethings” demographic with a new line in their lower price range. They believe that this age group asks their parents for recommendations and feel that the “advising” age group considers GE to be a reliable brand so they wanted to have an appealing appliance line to meet the expectations of the advice given to them. They have developed an entire kitchen line-up with refrigerator/freezer, range/oven, and dishwasher all at reasonable prices. They are all relatively no frills appliances to cut costs and to keep things simple since odds are new cooks won’t be diving into double-convection and built-in griddles. 

The design is intended to be reminiscent of “familiar design themes” but bringing them up to date. We all know this as “retro” but apparently the design team is touchy about using that term. They did also...
By Laura on 7/22/2013 7:43 AM
If you’re looking to purchase a new washer, there are several things you should take into account. Capacity is a hard one to decide on but you should get one that suits your needs. Manufacturers used to have multiple sizing formulas for determining tub capacity. They were advertising for appliances without an industry standard making it very difficult for consumers to determine washer capacity.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) helped companies decide on a standard to base their tub sizes off of so sizing should be a lot easier to figure out.

As far as figuring out what size you personally need, take notice of how much laundry you do in each load. While a huge capacity might be great if you do huge loads at a time but if you break it up into smaller loads by colors you may not need a huge tub. Most importantly, do tons of research to be sure you’re getting an appliance with the highest reliability possible in the class you’re looking at. Feel free to give us a call if you’re...
By Laura on 7/15/2013 8:13 AM
Appliances have been around for many generations before us but people don’t seem to realize that appliances used to last through generations. They would require regular maintenance but the frame and basic structures could last several decades before being replaced. They were built to last! Early Frigidaire refrigerators (which were built by General Electric) were known to last up to 50 years!

Maytag washers used to be able to be repaired with just a handful of parts they had so few things go wrong with them. They even had a running joke for how lonely the Maytag repair man was because he had so little work!

So what happened? A push for reduced energy consumption happened. As populations grew, so did energy consumption and at a massive rate so everyone got the idea that energy usage was more important than the longevity of the appliances. Appliances are being built to match specific numbers that have been set as standards for efficiency but haven’t taken into account how much more is spent on repairs...
By Laura on 7/9/2013 6:29 AM

We post blogs on information that we find interesting but we would love your feedback! We have a lot of knowledge between all of us at Totem so let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll get on it. We don’t want to get into specific repairs because let’s be honest, who wants to hear about so and so’s leaking washer door but other than that we’re pretty flexible.

Feel free to comment on here or say hi and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for all the support and loyal customers!

By Laura on 7/1/2013 7:03 AM
In the midst of the awful flooding in Calgary, we would like to extent our sympathies to all that have been affected by this tragedy.

We came across this link that has a lot of information on the flooding with lists of means for volunteering as well as financial aid programs being offered to those affected by the floods.
Metro Vancouver
Vancouver and Lower Fraser Valley
#110 17 Fawcett Rd., Coquitlam, B.C.
Phone: 1-866-933-1333
Service Email:
Greater Calgary
Calgary, Airdrie, Strathmore,
High River, Bragg Creek, Cochrane
Unit 2160 – 3961 52nd Ave NE, Calgary,
AB T3J 0K7
Phone: 1-877-700-5414
Service Email:
Upper Fraser Valley
Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack
Rosedale, Harrison
Phone: 1-888-909-5160
Service Email: