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Stainless Steel Appliances: A Dying Trend?
September 25, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.