Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 12/30/2013 6:11 AM
As we welcome in 2014, we'd like to thank you all for another year of loyal customers.  On behalf of all of us at Totem Appliance, Happy New Year!
By Laura on 12/23/2013 7:02 AM

Technology has come a long way and some companies are already posting commercials of how automated some things have become. For example, some cable companies are offering home security systems that can be controlled and monitored from your phone. Another commercial shows someone going through the house from another location shutting down all the powered devices.

This sort of technology and remote access is just getting started. Even appliance manufacturers are in the process of developing their own apps for devices and incorporating the technology into their latest appliances that are already more or less equipped with the computers needed to harness this capability.

So picture not being certain that you shut your dryer off and being able to turn on your phone and just push a power button from anywhere in the world to make sure it’s off!

By Laura on 12/16/2013 8:44 AM
The food that is commonly thought of around this time is the notorious “fruitcake” which hopefully none of you actually expect but is still a comical icon of the coming holidays. Fortunately there are tons of other delicious traditional foods that don’t require a hacksaw and painkillers to endure if you know where to look. Well, today is your lucky day because we took the time to put together a few recipes for you.

First up, we chose a breakfast casserole because it’s a make-ahead recipe so you don’t have to get up early to make this which means you can concentrate on the more important things… like opening your presents. Here’s a link to the recipe we found at

Here are a few mid-day make-ahead recipes. This bread recipe is delicious and relatively easy to make:
By Laura on 12/9/2013 10:28 AM
Plastic is widely adopted around the world for so many things. Does it belong in the kitchen though? Regulations vary widely for containers used to hold foods. Studies on the safety of plastics for food containment have been concentrated on certain chemicals in plastics. Dioxin, Phthalates, and Bisphenol have been the most widely researched. Dioxin has been shown to actually be far less present in plastics than originally thought and despite concern, microwaving doesn’t appear to release dioxin into .

Phthalates & Bisphenol A have also been rumored to be a danger when heating plastics in a microwave. As with other studies, tests don’t show any definitive answers that these toxins come out of plastics at a dangerous level either.

The important thing to take into consideration is that plastics vary.  Take a look at this link for more information:

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By Laura on 12/3/2013 8:13 AM

Xeros claims to have the first "real innovation in laundry in over 60 years" with their new clothes washing method!

Xeros uses polymer beads that have the ability to attract stains and dirt and pull them away from fabrics the way water does but with almost no water and can do so at lower temperatures. The beads are reusable so depending on how dirty your laundry is, they can be used hundreds of times before being replaced.

One other remarkable thing about this process is that the beads also absorb excess colours unlike water so you don't have to worry about separating colours with their machine.

Around 38% of our water consumption in a common household is just from the use of our washing machines so think of how much water would be saved if this machine was widely adopted!

If you don't believe me, take a look for yourself!:
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