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Kenmore Dishwasher Not Draining
May 20, 2024

If your Kenmore dishwasher isn't draining correctly, understanding its drainage system is critical to resolving the issue.

Samsung Dryer Will Not Spin
May 20, 2024

Safety protocols are paramount when trying to resolve the spinning issues of Samsung dryers. Before initiating any diagnostic or repair procedures, ensure the appliance is unplugged.

How to Replace a Dishwasher's Most Commonly Failed Parts
April 03, 2024

It takes a lot of different parts and systems to create the most efficient and user-friendly dishwashers. At some point, one or more of those components will either get too dirty, develop a physical fault, or simply come to the end of its lifespan.

Troubleshooting Your Washing Machine issue Using the Diagnostic Mode
March 13, 2024

Washing machines aren't fail-safe. They will develop faults or the inability to run through long-term use, problems with the water supply, or basic wear and tear.

9 Common Microwave Problems and Fixes
March 02, 2024

Microwave problems and repairs are not something to take lightly. Unless there is a simple mechanical fix, you must call in a professional microwave repair service to deal with the electronics and complex elements.

Dishwasher Will Not Drain? Common Causes And Fixes
February 17 , 2024

Dishwashers can be a wonderful convenience when we lack the time or energy to wash dishes by hand. It's great to wake up and open the door to pristinely clean dinnerware.

Top 6 Reasons Why Your Washing Machine Is Leaking
February 01 , 2024

Our reliance on our washing machines means any malfunction becomes a massive problem. This stress only increases once we start to notice water on the floor around the machine.

Enhancing Home Air Quality Through Appliance Choices and Maintenance
December 29 , 2023

Air pollution is a major concern, especially with the risk of respiratory conditions in cities with heavy traffic, and the impact of carbon emissions on climate change.

A Guide To DIY Appliance Repairs and Tools
December 05 , 2023

If you're a homeowner, you've probably tried working on home appliance repairs. While home repair projects might seem daunting at the outset, with a well-equipped toolkit, you can effortlessly handle common issues with household appliances.

How To Properly Use Your Dryer
November 13 , 2023

In the world of laundry care, the proper utilization of a dryer often goes unnoticed, overshadowed by mere convenience. However, delving into the nuances of correct dryer usage is crucial for ensuring efficiency, safety, and the optimal care of your garments.

Why is my refrigerator freezing food?
November 04 , 2023

In the heart of our homes, the refrigerator diligently preserves our perishable treasures and safeguarding our health. To fulfil this vital role, it's imperative that the refrigerator maintains an optimal temperature.

The Right Kitchen Appliance Layout for Best Performance
October 10 , 2023

The kitchen serves as the heart of every home—a space where we craft nourishing meals, create lasting memories, and unite with loved ones. Fundamental to both functionality and aesthetics within the kitchen is the precise arrangement of its appliances.

9 Tips to Protect Your Clothing When Using the Washing Machine
September 13 , 2023

Your wardrobe is a collection of your style and personality. However, frequent washing can take a toll on their quality and longevity. Whether you've invested in expensive attire or do laundry often, the key to keeping your clothes pristine is understanding how to preserve them in the washing machine.

The Impact of Hard Water on Appliances: Prevention and Solutions
August 16 , 2023

While at a glance the term “hard water” may not cause concern to you, any expert appliance technician will tell you the contrary. Professionals witness the trials and tribulations homeowners’ household appliances face due to hard water regularly.

4 Common Problems With Samsung Refrigerators
July 20, 2023

Picture this: It's a hot summer day, and you eagerly reach into your Samsung refrigerator for a chill drink. But to your alarm, you find lukewarm beverages instead of ice-cold refreshments.

Household Appliance Hazards and Prevention Tips
June 06, 2023

Home appliances have become an integral part of the life of the modern household. Refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, and stoves are marvels of modern technology.

Washing machine does not drain properly
May 15, 2023

There are moments when life throws us a curveball, like when you finally get a chance to do your family's laundry only to find out that your washing machine is not draining properly.

Dishwasher Leaking? Reasons and Fixes
April 17, 2023

Dishwashers are a household staple that makes cleaning dishes and utensils as easy as pie. But what happens when your dishwasher starts to leak?

How long do washing machines last?
March 14, 2023

Washing machines are essential appliances in most homes. And if you have had one for over half a decade, you probably have experienced some easy-to-fix minor issues. However, it is a good idea to try to find out the lifespan of your washing machine before some wear and tear affects its proper functioning. 00

Common Dryer issues and fixes
February 18, 2023

There is no doubt that dryers are lifesaver appliances in your household. The time you save just by throwing your wash into the dryer instead of hanging your clothes in a cord line is priceless.

Choosing the right fridge for your kitchen
January 18, 2023

Whether you are designing your dream kitchen in your new home or renovating your cooking area, selecting a new refrigerator is a big decision. A choice that you will have to live with for some time.

The Importance of Preventative Maintenance for Appliances in Your Property Management
January 17, 2023

As a property manager, your hands are often full. You are in charge of advertising rental properties, finding and screening new tenants, preparing vacant units, handling complaints, property maintenance and more

How to safely use a household trash compactor
December 14, 2022

The first trash compactor created in 1941 was used for crushing tin cans. It has come a long way since then. In 1991 a new design was added with separate compartments for recyclable and non-recyclable waste.

Common washing machine issues and fixes
November 14, 2022

If you think a small amount of water coming out of your washing machine after a cycle is not a big issue. Think twice. A washer losing small but frequent amounts of water over time can result in a bang - a sign that your washer drum broke.

Dryer making loud noise? Causes and how to fix it
October 14, 2022

AlthoDryers can significantly ease your laundry routine, especially if you live in a cold weather country. When it is impossible to hang your clothes under the warm sun, dryers become a lifesaver.

Safety tips for using a gas stove
September 15, 2022

Although electric stoves are more popular in recent years, gas stoves are still the go-to appliance for professional and amateur chefs. Many users who prefer gas stoves will point out that in gas stoves:

Refrigerator stopped cooling? here is what you should do
August 19, 2022

Imagine you had planned to do a barbecue on the weekend. You bought all your meats and drinks the day before. The morning comes, and you notice an unpleasant smell as soon as you open the fridge door. All the meats you bought are not cold.

Do you cook?
July 06, 2022

Undoubtedly, your oven is one of the major appliances in your home. One that is used often, and if it fails you when you need it the most, like in times of family or friends gatherings.

Dishwasher Not Cleaning Dishes? Here is what you should do
June 30, 2022

It is inconvenient when your dishwasher is not working correctly. You certainly don’t want to spend hours in the sink cleaning a pile of dishes by hand.

7 Common Refrigerator Repair Issues and Fixes
May 21, 2022

No doubt your refrigerator is an essential appliance in your home. It is the one helping you keep all your produce from spoiling, saving you trips to the supermarket, and allowing you to create memorable events among family and friends.

How often should the dishwasher filter be cleaned?
April 15, 2022

It is not pleasant to open your dishwasher at the end of the washing cycle to find plates or glasses still with some food residues. This situation may be the result of a not well-maintained dishwasher filter whose purpose is to prevent food from recirculating onto dishes after they have been washed with detergent and water.

13 Ideas About How To Fit Your Appliances In Small Spaces
March 19, 2022

It seems that in recent years due to problems such as overpopulation, environmental, and financial concerns, society is slowly moving from the “bigger is better” to the “less is more” mentality. However, choosing smaller homes to live in can come with many benefits such as:

7 Warning Signs That You Need An Appliance Repair
February 15, 2022

You may take your household appliances for granted. When they do their job, you may not even think of their importance for your daily home routine. All those perfectly cooked meals on your stove or oven—the time saved by using your dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand. Refrigerators, washing and drying machines, garbage disposal and more make your life easier.

6 Reasons Why Not to Use the Self-cleaning Oven Feature
January 12, 2022

I have no doubt you love the holidays as much as I do. The home gatherings, the laughter, sharing joyful moments with family and friends, the delicious food. Holiday meals are the best. It is a special time when family members rise to the occasion with their best recipes. However, appetizing dishes take time, effort and a lot of cleaning afterwards.

Top 5 Icemaker Troubleshooting Tips
October 16, 2021

Are you ice-obsessed? If you are, you're not alone. Canadians as well as Americans love ice too. Who doesn't enjoy a tall glass of ice-cold water on a hot day? Not having access to cold water can sometimes affect your levels of water consumption. Many people find themselves drinking less water if there's no ice available.

Dishwasher: Common Problems And Fixes
August 18, 2021

There’s nothing worse than having a dishwasher break down just when it seems you need it most. We often take for granted the important function that this key appliance plays in our life. We take it for granted that is, until it stops doing its job, forcing us to do it instead. And who wants to do dishes? So when you need a quick dishwasher fix, here are some tips to help you figure out whether you can fix it on your own, or whether an appliance repair is needed. Here’s a list of some common dishwasher problems and possible fixes:

9 Ways You Can Prolong the Lifespan of Your Washing Machine
July 9, 2021

Over 80% of Canadians own a washing machine. But how many washing machines actually last their lifespan? Household appliances, such as washing machines, offer many benefits. You save time and ensure your clothes are clean! But it is an investment to get this appliance, so you want to make sure it lasts.

5 Best Places For Buying Kitchen Appliances in 2021
June 07, 2021
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It seems that everywhere we look, there are more and more stores selling kitchen appliances. With so many online options, where is the best place to buy kitchen appliances? How do you know who has the best kitchen appliance packages and who has the cheapest kitchen appliances?

The Oven Isn't The Only Place For A Turkey: Seven Alternatives You Might Not Have Considered
December 24, 2020
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It is without a doubt a different sort of holiday time this year for the communities of Burnaby, Coquitlam, and the Lower Mainland, BC (and all over Canada). For those of us who rely on tradition to stay grounded and hopeful, it is fair to say that turkey is probably the most celebrated bird in North America when it comes to the holidays.

Could You Get By Without a Fridge?
November 26, 2020
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Could you get by without a refrigerator? Put simply, probably not for long - especially considering the fact that not only do 99.8 percent of American households have fridges today, but 23 percent of households have two refrigerators or more. Plus did you know that the average person opens their fridge 15-20 times a day? That's over 6,000 times a year!

Winterize your Outdoor Kitchen in 10 Easy Steps
October 26, 2020
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Winter is almost here, and with temperatures in Burnaby, Coquitlam and the Lower Mainland dipping, it's getting a bit too cold for BBQs and outdoor get-togethers. Which is why now is the perfect time to winterize your outdoor kitchen to keep it in good shape for next year!

Memorable Kitchen Design and Appliance Trends Over the Last Century
October 26, 2020
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Over the course of the last century, the residential kitchen and large home appliances have seen many changes stylistically and functionally. While some have come and gone, others have developed over time to become a huge part of our everyday lives. Here is a historical rundown of some of the most memorable kitchen trends and appliances that people have loved (and hated) over the last 10 decades.

Stainless Steel Appliances: A Dying Trend?
September 25, 2020
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Did you know that stainless steel turned 100 years old in 2013?

Be it updated mid century homes or new-builds, kitchens today love a little (or a lot) of metallic shine. The so-called merits of the finish - easy maintenance, durability, stylishness - can be debated. Yet stainless steel mania appears to be the real deal - especially when you consider that almost 70% of US homeowners have stainless steel appliances in their kitchens.

A Guide to Reducing Food Waste in the Kitchen
September 2, 2020
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Empty shelves, massive line-ups, panic buying - we all continue to live with that constant reminder of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The fear-based apocalypse-esque reaction in our local communities like Coquitlam and Burnaby - and all over the world - in March 2020 was to stockpile food (and other products, like toilet paper) in fear of it running out.

Washer/Dryer Combos: Are They Worth It?
August 13, 2020
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Have you ever wondered how many times we load and unload laundry into the washer every day? And then there is the dryer to consider too. Where would we be without the washer and dryer?

Induction: The Hottest New (Old) Technology in the Kitchen
July 22, 2020
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Are you thinking of upgrading your oven range or replacing an end-of-life one? Have you considered the benefits of induction stoves and cooktops? Most of us are probably a bit in the dark about this seemingly new way of cooking, although in actual fact induction cooking has been around far longer than we can have imagined.

Ways to Think Outside the Box with An Unused Fridge
July 12, 2020
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Did you know that reducing the energy use of your refrigerator is one of the single most effective "green" steps you can take in your home. As we all know, reducing energy demand results in reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants, and a fridge uses a lot of energy - a heck of a lot, depending on what type you have.

What the Pandemic has Taught Us About Appliances
July 1, 2020
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If there's one thing most of us have realized while spending more time at home - especially in the laundry room and kitchen - during the Pandemic, it's that appliances are here to make our lives easier. But for some of us there is still so much to learn! Here are some examples of things we can do with our appliances that you may not have thought of yet.

10 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Appliances Running Like New
June 15, 2020
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Major appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, washers and dryers are a big investment. Potentially costly to repair, they are even more expensive to replace. However, it is possible to help ward off those repairs and keep your appliances running longer by performing a few easy maintenance practices. And the best thing is that you don't need to be very mechanically-minded to keep your appliances in great shape - just some common sense and a little elbow grease. Here are some things you can do to keep your appliances running like new.

10 Benefits of Having an Outdoor Kitchen
May 28, 2020
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Gone are the days where an outdoor kitchen would consist of just a grill, side burner and possibly a refrigerator. Homeowners with big spaces are now developing larger outdoor kitchens and placing more components in them. This is part of an overall trend of consumers investing more in the outside of their home, transforming their backyard into another living space.

Some Appliances Aren't Like They Used to be - and That's a Good Thing
May 19, 2020
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While leaking gas, worn out power cords, and garbage disposal errors continue to plague appliance users today, did you know that certain appliances used to be a whole lot more dangerous? Let's take a look at some of the most notorious ones in history.

Frozen Veg vs Fresh Veg: Which is Better?
April 2, 2020
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No doubt you have found yourself stocking up on grocery items these past few weeks like the rest of the world. The fact that freezer sales are on the rise right now probably means that people have been stocking up on frozen goods in particular. And, probably the most notable item in the freezer section that has been hard to find of late are frozen vegetables. These are a great staple for any freezer. And better than fresh some would say. But is this really the case? Let's take a brief look at how frozen food came about.

Will the Trash Compactor Make a Comeback?
March 23, 2020
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Garbage is a big part of our lives, there is no doubt. Especially if you consider that Canada produced 1.33 billion metric tonnes of waste, or 36.1 tonnes per person in 2017. And the United States wasn’t far behind with an estimated annual waste per capita of 25.9 metric tons, and an annual waste total of 8,425,840,000 metric tonnes.

Does Plastic Really Belong in the Dishwasher?
February 25, 2020
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Not all plastic is dishwasher safe, and not all plastic dishes or beverage containers are marked to show they are dishwasher safe. That is up to the manufacturer. It is important for us to know the limits of plastic food and drink containers because there appears to be a lot of uncertainty about what is safe and what is not.

Useful Hacks for Home Appliances in 2020
February 18, 2020
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Are you always on the lookout for new ways to streamline your busy life and make mundane tasks easier to tackle? Then you have come to the right place. Check out these useful appliance-related hacks that will help make life in the kitchen and laundry room a whole lot more bearable.

Gas or Electric Dryers: Which is Better?
February 3, 2020
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Are you considering upgrades to your laundry room appliances or is your dryer in dire need of replacing? Which type of dryer is best; gas or electric? Knowing the difference could help save you money as well as conserve energy in the long run. Here's the lowdown on the two types to help you decide.

Does The Full-Size Oven Have a Place in the Modern Home?
January 20, 2020
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When it comes to the full size oven you can fall into two categories, you either use them or you don't. Like many things in our modern lives trends are changing and newer, more efficient technologies are replacing them. When's the last time that you used a camcorder, for example? Some readers might not even know what that is.

Will AI Change the way we Fridge Forever?
January 6, 2020
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Did you grow up watching the Jetsons? Ever dream of a world of robot housekeepers and ozone-scraping luxury smart homes that can dress and groom you by themselves? Technological advances in the kitchen and home are progressing at lightning speed. Great technological gains in the home have been made over the last decade and are on pace to reach unprecedented levels of automation in the 2020s.

Would you Cook Lasagne in the Dishwasher?
December 17, 2019
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Dishwashers are for washing dishes, right? It's all in the name. "Dish-washer."

Have you ever used your dishwasher for something other than getting the dirty dishes clean?

Do Dryer Balls Really Live up to the Hype?
December 3, 2019
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Can a couple of balls bouncing around in your dryer actually do anything? Let's take a dive into the world of dryer balls.

Over the last few decades, dryer balls have been sold to us as a natural alternative to both dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners. Many promises abound as to what this product can do, which is primarily reducing drying times, softening laundry, and reducing static.

Your kitchen isn't what it used to be
November 16, 2019
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The room that's seen the biggest transition over the past few centuries has been the kitchen.

Style, color, function, and more have been modernized over this time. The kitchen has come a long way from being a utilitarian space, existing mainly for food prep and little else. Today open-concept kitchens - and their centre islands with seating - have turned the space into a multipurpose room (think homework station) as much as a place for cooking, combining dining room, lounge, and living room all in one.

Reduce the impact on the environment and your wallet
November 1, 2019
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With energy conservation currently at the forefront of the news, now is the time more than ever for us to recognize our impact and make changes (however small these are) in our everyday lives. With rising energy costs, carbon taxes and the ever-present risk of global warming now is the time to take a look at how we use our home appliances.

Where you place your food in the fridge really does matter
October 16, 2019
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Did you know that every food has an ideal spot in your fridge for storage?

Here are some important rules of thumb for organizing your fridge in order to optimize the freshness and longevity of your food, as well as keep you up to speed on some good food safety practices.

Dryer Season is Here
October 3, 2019
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With the fall season here and Winter just around the corner, it is even more important that your dryer remains lint-free. Why? Because this is also the season when we tend to use heavy clothing and bedding to keep the cold away. As a result your dryer will likely be working overtime and its health and efficiency is imperative to getting the job done properly and safely.

5 Appliance Myths That We All Believe Are True
September 16, 2019
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At some point in our lives, each one of us realizes that we've been following bad advice. In some cases, it's just an innocuous, silly practice such as adding salt to the water to make it boil faster (sorry if you thought that actually worked but we are busting myths here).

Come chat with us!
August 10, 2019
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At Electrafix we take our customers' needs very seriously. We feel that our customer-first attitude sets us apart from other appliance repair companies. We recently added a live chat feature to our website to make it even easier to interact with our technicians and solve problems as quickly as possible.

Set your property management appliance repairs on auto-pilot
June 10, 2019
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Property managers have a lot to worry about. In each rental property, you must think about maintaining every part of the unit, from the windows to the floor, plumbing and electrical systems, and numerous other areas. Whether you are a landlord, strata manager or property management company a lot of your time is spent dealing with appliances.

I'll just fix my own dryer
May 12, 2019
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Are you a fix it yourself kind of person?

Dryer repairs can be expensive. Why not give it a try yourself before calling in a professional repairman?

Well, there are a number of reasons why you shouldn't attempt to fix your dryer yourself.

To replace or not to replace your broken appliance?
April 28, 2019
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Buying a new washing machine doesn't quite have the same appeal as parking a brand new Tesla in the driveway. Like our homes and vehicles, home appliances are one of the biggest purchases that most people will make. It's important to know what you're doing when it comes to repairing and replacing our appliances.