Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 2/24/2014 8:19 AM
Many of us remember tape cassettes quite well and some even remember record players and maybe even A-tracks.  As is the way with technology, pretty much everything becomes dated within weeks and moves to dinosaur status given enough years.

One thing that has stuck around for a very long time is the traditional incandescent light bulb. It has been a slow progression phasing out 75 watt and 100 watt light bulbs but it is about to become illegal to manufacture or import.

This means consumers have the sole options of halogen, led, or cfl bulbs. Halogen bulbs are the most similar to incandescent but are still more expensive. Clf bulbs and led are siginificantly more expensive than incandescent. Cfl bulbs as we mentioned in an earlier article are very efficient but contain mercury and can NOT be disposed of as they are toxic to the environment. Leds are highly efficient and have a lifetime of ohhh about a decade but you pay a substantial cost up front. They are said to generate a savings of around 70 to...
By Laura on 2/17/2014 7:16 AM
Stickers can be a major shock when you go to look at a new appliance. There are usually tons of them and the numbers and words on them don’t all make sense unless you’re the one writing them. One sticker that stands out on appliances is the big yellow ENERGYguide sticker. This label shows the estimated energy that an appliance will use in a year based on averages for common households combined with the energy efficiency rating of the appliance.

One of the convenient parts of the sticker gives you an average cost for the appliance usage within a year based on national averages for the fuel or electricity costs. This way you can get an idea of how much the appliance will cost you throughout the year.

Another neat diagram you will find on these labels is a bar scale. It has a range of efficiencies for appliances in the same range and shows where that appliances falls on that scale.

This label displays the energy electric appliances use with kWhs(kilowatt hours). This is what power companies...
By Laura on 2/10/2014 8:48 AM
If you’re looking for a new appliance or even just doing research because you’re curious, you’ll notice there are a lot of stickers on appliances and electronics that may make no sense. Well then this blog is for you!

Of course anything you buy is going to have the manufacturer’s sticker on it which will have the manufacturer name and brand stickers as well as any features or proprietary functions specific to that product so we can’t hit all of those on here but we can tell you the common ones that you will see on most appliances.

One of the most common stickers you’ll see is generally present on all appliances. Quite frankly, if it isn’t, you should be cautious. “UL” stickers are the stamp of the company Underwriters Laboratories which is an independent safety science company that has been around since 1894 trying to set standards for safety around the world. They are most known for their electrical device standards but there is almost nothing they don’t do at this point with over 20,000 product...
By Laura on 2/3/2014 8:37 AM
If you have any cotton clothes that you wear often, you’re probably familiar with the pills that end up on the clothes in spots where they rub. Under the armpits, on a shoulder you carry a bag on, under your arm sleeves where your arms lay on a desk are common places to see pills. There are several options for getting rid of those pills such as lint shavers, combs, razors, etc. All of these methods risk cutting the fabric but if you’re careful they will generally all remove the pills. Keep in mind that you are cutting the fibers of the fabric so the more you do it, the thinner the material gets and the more susceptible the fabric is to pilling even more.

Unfortunately, the only real solution to preventing pills is to either stop it from rubbing or to not wear it. Not wearing the item isn’t a realistic solution but if you really like a garment, then only wearing it when you really want to isn’t a ridiculous option. Also, you can try to cut down on wear spots by not wearing a strapped bag over the...
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