Everything to do with appliance repair in the Lower Mainland
Everything to do with appliance repair in the Lower Mainland
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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?
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.