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Recent patent applications related to Whirlpool Corporation. Whirlpool Corporation is listed as an Agent/Assignee. Note: Whirlpool Corporation may have other listings under different names/spellings. We're not affiliated with Whirlpool Corporation, we're just tracking patents.

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12/31/15 / #20150382408

Methods of controlling cooling in a microwave heating apparatus and apparatus thereof

A microwave heating apparatus and methods of controlling cooling of a microwave heating apparatus are provided. The microwave heating apparatus typically includes a microwave source for generating microwaves, a cooling unit for cooling the microwave source and a control unit. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/31/15 / #20150377529

Fin-coil design for dual suction air conditioning unit

An evaporator system that includes: a first evaporator coil at a first evaporator temperature and pressure; a second evaporator coil at a second evaporator temperature and pressure that is less than the first evaporator temperature and pressure where the first evaporator and second evaporator are configured to be thermally disjointed; and a plurality of thermally conductive spaced apart evaporator fins having a plurality of spaced apart thermal break portions positioned between the first evaporator coil and the second evaporator coil that thermally disjoin the first evaporator and the second evaporator.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/31/15 / #20150377227

Improvement in a piston for a refrigeration compressor

The piston (p) comprises a tubular skirt (10), and a head (h) affixed in the interior of the skirt (10), close to an end edge (11) of the latter and carrying a suction valve (20). The head (h) comprises a central hub (30) having an end front face (30a) and incorporating radial wings (31) whose end edges (31a) are affixed to the skirt (10). ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/31/15 / #20150376029

Drinking water filter with integral self-disinfecting delivery system

An aspect of the present invention is generally directed toward an appliance that includes a water source inlet that receives intake water from a water source and a water outlet proximate a water dispensing location on a door of the appliance in fluid communication with one another via one or more water conduits spaced within the appliance. The appliance also includes a removable water filter and dispenser assembly configured to be removably engaged and disengaged with the water outlet of the appliance by hand without the use of tools. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/31/15 / #20150374203

Dishwasher utensil basket

A dishwasher utensil basket includes a mechanism for unloading multiple utensils at once without the user having to directly handle the utensils. The mechanism can include a grid that is loaded with utensils for treatment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/31/15 / #20150374200

Door assembly for a dishwasher

A dishwasher includes a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to a cycle of operation and a door assembly selectively moveable to close an access opening to the treating chamber, the door assembly comprising a window assembly comprising first and second spaced window panes defining an intervening vacuum sealed chamber, a window assembly support frame provided on the door panel, and a seal provided between the window assembly support frame and the first and second panes and encapsulated by the window assembly support frame.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/24/15 / #20150368844

Method for detecting satellization speed of clothes load in a horizontal axis laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance may include a rotatable treating chamber for receiving a laundry load for treatment, and a motor for rotating the treating chamber, and may be operated such that during the acceleration of the laundry load toward a satellizing speed, the satellizing of the laundry load may be detected, whereby subsequent operation of the laundry treating appliance may be controlled based on the detection.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/24/15 / #20150368841

Washer and washer control with cycles for laundry additives and color safe bleaches/in-wash stain removers

A washer and a control for an automatic washer to operate the washer through a wash cycle selected based upon a range of conditions of a fabric load to be washed. The control has a plurality of selectable stain type entrees, each with a particular dedicated wash cycle. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/24/15 / #20150368605

Compost system with error detection

A controller for a compost system configured to identify an error condition is disclosed. The controller comprises at least one control output. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/17/15 / #20150362245

Active insulation hybrid dual evaporator with rotating fan

An appliance having a fresh food storage compartment and a freezer compartment. The appliance includes a forced air coil system disposed between the fresh food storage compartment and the freezer compartment and is configured to selectively provide cooling to one or both of the at least one fresh food storage compartment and the at least one freezer compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/17/15 / #20150362112

Flow restrictor and gas compressor

A flow restrictor is adapted for application in a bearing arrangement between a piston and a cylinder of a gas compressor. The compressor includes a protective block that involves the cylinder externally, and also includes at least one inner cavity, which is fluidly fed by a discharge flow resulting from a compression movement exerted by the piston inside the cylinder. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/17/15 / #20150360848

Pressure-driven metered mixing dispensing pumps and methods

An example pressure-driven metered mixing dispensing pump includes a housing, a fluid inlet, a piston disposed in the housing at least partially defining first, second and third chambers, the first and second chambers each in fluid communication with the third chamber, the piston to, in response to first fluid entering the first chamber via the fluid inlet, move in a first direction to decrease the volume of the second chamber thereby ejecting second fluid from the second chamber into the third chamber, a spring to move the piston in a second direction to decrease the volume of the first chamber thereby ejecting at least some of the first fluid from the first chamber into the third chamber thereby mixing the at least some of the first fluid and the second fluid to form a mixture, and an outlet to discharge the mixture from the third chamber.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/17/15 / #20150359412

Household appliance with bulk unit-dose dispenser and method of controlling the same

A household appliance, such as dishwasher, includes a bulk unit-dose dispenser configured to hold multiple unit doses of treating chemistry and dispense the treating chemistry at the appropriate time in a cycle of operation. The bulk unit-dose dispenser can include a multiple compartments moveable along a track, and the compartments can be sequentially moved into registry with a dispensing opening of the appliance.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/10/15 / #20150354874

Air conditioner with selective filtering for air purification

A split air conditioner has a cabinet with a fan and evaporator for mounting within a structure. The cabinet includes one or more movable dampers or movable filters positioned in the flow path between the air inlet and the outlet for selectively filtering contaminants from the air to provide a greater or lesser degree of filtration of the air. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/10/15 / #20150354872

Air conditioner with selective filtering for air purification

A split air conditioner has a cabinet with a fan and evaporator for mounting within a structure. The cabinet includes a filter or a stacked filter system positioned in the flow path between an air inlet and an air outlet for filtering contaminants from the air. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/10/15 / #20150354871

Air conditioner with selective filtering for air purification

A split air conditioner has a cabinet with a fan and evaporator for mounting within a structure. The cabinet includes a filter or a stacked filter system positioned in the flow path between an air inlet and an air outlet for filtering contaminants from the air. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/10/15 / #20150354838

Air conditioner with selectable supplemental compressor cooling

An outdoor unit (odu) for an air conditioning system includes a baffle or other airflow direction control such that the cooling air from a condenser is at least partially directed over the compressor to provide air movement around the compressor to assist in thermal transfer of heat from the compressor. In one system, curvilinear frustoconical baffles are positioned in a conventional barrel-type outdoor unit to direct airflow toward the compressor before being discharged from the unit. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/10/15 / #20150354124

Appliance and method for removing noise from a motor characteristic signal in a laundry treating appliance

An apparatus and method of sensing a motor characteristic signal in a laundry treating appliance having a drum rotated by a motor about a rotational axis, sampling the motor characteristic signal, filtering the motor characteristic signal, and evaluating the filtered motor characteristic signal for the presence of a predetermined condition corresponding to the motor characteristic signal.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/10/15 / #20150353337

Hands free, controlled autofill for a dispenser

A dispensing system includes one or more digital image capture devices for capturing images in a dispenser well and a digital image analyzer operatively coupled to the digital image capture device(s) for analyzing the images for use in regulating a dispensing operation. The digital image analyzer evaluates digital images captured by the digital image capture device(s) to determine various characteristics of a container placed in the dispensing well, such as the height and position of the container.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/10/15 / #20150351579

Method of regulating temperature for sous vide cooking and apparatus therefor

A method of regulating the temperature of a cooking liquid during sous vide cooking in a cooking vessel on a burner of a cooktop includes setting a desired cooking temperature and measuring the temperature of the cooking liquid inside the sous vide cooking vessel at a plurality of predetermined time intervals with a first temperature sensor mounted on an interior surface of a wall of the sous vide cooking vessel. The temperature of the cooking liquid is compared to the desired cooking temperature at each of the predetermined time intervals. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/03/15 / #20150345856

Integrated lighting system for electrical appliances, and electrical appliance provided with said lighting system

The present invention refers to electrical appliances and refers to a lighting system aiming to solve the technical problem of inadequate lighting apparatus of the doors of the appliances and minimize the shadow regions formed by the known lighting patterns and currently used. To this end, the invention provides a lighting system comprising at least one light source cooperating with the inner distal portion of door, said light source arranged to project spotlight at an angle comprised in the range between 90 and 120 degrees, and wherein the projection of spotlight cooperates with spotlight of light source of inner compartment of cabinet to eliminate the shadow areas arising from said light source.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/03/15 / #20150345194

Oven door opening magnetic hinge

A hinge for rotatably coupling an appliance door with an appliance body includes a housing affixable within the door. An input arm is rotatably coupled to the housing and is affixable with the appliance body. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/03/15 / #20150345067

Laundry treating appliance with dynamic balancer

A dynamic balancer device for mounting to and balancing a rotatable drum in a laundry treating appliance comprises an enclosed non-metal annular housing having a radial circumferential wall, an annular metal race within the non-metal annular housing disposed against the radial circumferential wall, and a mass disposed in the annular race and movable therein.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/03/15 / #20150345066

Laundry treating appliance and tub assembly and method of forming

A laundry appliance for treating a load of laundry according to a cycle of operation comprises a cabinet and a tub assembly housed within the cabinet and comprising a front tub section, a rear tub section and at least one middle tub section provided between the front and rear tub sections.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/03/15 / #20150345060

Foreign object trap for a laundry treating appliance

A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a foreign object trap located in a bottom of a wash basket underlying a clothes mover, the bottom of the wash basket having an upwardly extending wall, with at least the wash basket rotatable about an axis of rotation, the method including radially expelling liquid through an outlet opening of the foreign object trap.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/03/15 / #20150342438

Dishwasher with unitary wash module

An automatic dishwasher having a tub defining a treating chamber and a housing physically separate from the tub and defining a sump to receive liquid sprayed into the tub, the housing having an inlet fluidly connected to a liquid outlet of the tub and an outlet fluidly coupled to a sprayer located within the tub to define a recirculation path for the sprayed liquid.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/03/15 / #20150342350

Refrigerator shelves

Refrigerator shelves are disclosed. An example refrigerator shelf includes a substantially planar member, trim along a first edge of the planar member, and a bent continuous wire support rod. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/26/15 / #20150338155

Refrigerator provided with air distribution system

The present invention refers to a refrigerator provided with air distribution system comprising at least one refrigerated chamber constituted by at least one structural wall and at least one air diffuser secured to said structural wall; at least one intermediate chamber defined between said structural wall and said air diffuser; said structural wall comprising a plurality of air deflectors and at least one hole for forced reception of refrigerated air; said air diffuser comprising a plurality of side openings aligned in at least two vertical sequences; part of the refrigerated air coming from said hole being firstly directed to said air deflectors of the structural wall so as to be spread in the interior of the intermediate chamber; and part of the refrigerated air spread in the interior of the intermediate chamber being sequentially directed to the interior of the refrigerated chamber through said side openings of said air diffuser.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/26/15 / #20150338149

In the door ice maker

A refrigerator that has a refrigerating compartment and a freezer compartment. A refrigerating compartment door covers at least a portion of the refrigerating compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/26/15 / #20150337822

Arrangement and process for mounting a resonant spring in a linear motor compressor and a linear motor compressor

A compressor comprising: a cylinder crankcase (10) defining a compression chamber (13) housing a reciprocating piston (22); an actuating means (40) coupled to the piston (22); and a resonant spring means (50) having a first and a second diametrical end segment (50a, 50b) respectively affixed to the actuating means (40) by a first securing means (mf1) and to the cylinder crankcase (10) by a second securing means (mf2), the latter comprising: a base vise jaw (60, 60′) affixed to the second diametrical end segment (50b); a top vise jaw (70, 70′) mounted between opposite portions of the cylinder crankcase (10) and seated, pressed and locked against the base vise jaw (60, 60′), in a condition in which the axes of the end diametrical segments (50a, 50b) intercept the axis of the compression chamber (13) and in which the piston (22) has a predetermined axial position in the compression chamber (13).. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/26/15 / #20150337475

Controlled moisture removal in a laundry treating appliance

An apparatus and method for reducing humidity both within laundry and within a laundry treating appliance in response to a door being opened or closed are disclosed.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/26/15 / #20150337474

Clothes mover for an automatic washer

A washing machine for treating laundry comprising a basket rotatable about a first rotational axis, having a peripheral side wall extending upwardly from a bottom wall to at least partially define a treating chamber; a clothes mover proximate the bottom wall, having a base with a centrally located hub concentric with a second rotational axis about which the clothes mover reciprocally rotates; and at least one vane having an elongated body extending away from the hub and projecting upwardly from the clothes mover to terminate in a tip.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/26/15 / #20150335038

Refrigeration appliance and method for operating such appliance

A refrigeration appliance comprises a cavity in which an ozone generating device is placed. The ozone generating device is configured to maintain in the cavity a concentration of ozone between 0.04 and 0.12 ppm, more preferably between 0.06 and 0.1 ppm.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/19/15 / #20150330378

Suction muffler for a linear motor compressor and a linear motor compressor

The compressor comprises a movable assembly carrying a suction muffler and formed by: a piston (10) having a skirt (11) with an open rear end (11a) and a closed front end (11b) which carries a suction valve (50); and an actuating means (30). The suction muffler comprises: a first and a second tubular insert (61, 62) defining a first and a second chamber (c1, c2) and having confronting open ends (61a, 62a) spaced from each other, and closed opposite ends (61b, 62b) respectively affixed to a top wall (12) of the piston (10) and to the actuating means (30); a third tubular insert (63) internally lining the skirt (11); and an annular passage (15), between the third and the second tubular inserts (63, 62), open to the first and second chambers (c1, c2), and communicating the open rear end (11a) of the skirt (11) with the suction valve (50).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/19/15 / #20150330013

Method and apparatus for using gravity to precisely dose detergent in a washing machine

An appliance for washing clothes includes a detergent storage tank and a drum. Between the detergent storage tank and the drum is a diverter valve which has a detergent inlet connected to the detergent storage tank, an air vent connected to ambient air, and a detergent outlet. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/19/15 / #20150330009

Apparatus for controlling the extraction duration in a laundry treating appliance

An apparatus for monitoring a characteristic of the motor for use in determining the duration of the extraction phase of the cycle of operation in a laundry treating appliance.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/19/15 / #20150327747

Dishwasher having spray manifold

A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially forming a treating chamber, a dish rack provided within the wash chamber, and a spray manifold. The spray manifold can have multiple apertures and/or sprayers for emitting wash liquid to define a spray zone.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/12/15 / #20150326082

Single-phase induction motor

A single-phase induction motor includes a stator including a main winding with a first coil (p1a), a second coil (p1b), a third coil (p2a) and a fourth coil (p2b). The first coil and the third coil are manufactured from a first conductive material (2), the second coil and the fourth coil are manufactured from a second conductive material (3), with resistivity other than that of the first conductive material. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/12/15 / #20150322615

Laundry treating appliance with integrated dynamic balancer

A laundry treating appliance includes a rotatable drum for receiving a laundry load. The rotatable drum includes a cylindrical body with a cylindrical wall about a longitudinal axis, and a metal cover at one end thereof, the metal cover having an annular groove formed by a first wall, a second wall spaced from the first wall, a third wall extending between the first and second walls, and a fourth wall extending from the second wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/12/15 / #20150322614

Laundry treating appliance with dynamic balancer

A dynamic balancer device for mounting to and balancing a rotatable drum in a laundry treating appliance comprises an enclosed non-metal annular housing having a radial circumferential wall, an annular metal race within the non-metal annular housing disposed against the radial circumferential wall, and a mass disposed in the annular race and movable therein.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/12/15 / #20150322613

Laundry treating appliance with integrated dynamic balancer

A laundry treating appliance includes a rotatable drum for receiving a laundry load. The rotatable drum includes a cylindrical body with a cylindrical wall about a longitudinal axis, and a metal cover at one end thereof, the metal cover having an annular groove formed by a first wall, a second wall spaced from the first wall, a third wall extending between the first and second walls, and a fourth wall extending from the second wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/12/15 / #20150322611

Laundry treating appliance with tumble pattern control

An apparatus and a method of operating a laundry treating appliance treating laundry according to a cycle of operation including determining a rotational speed of the drum corresponding to a predetermined movement of the laundry within the drum and setting an operating parameter for the cycle of operation based on the determined rotational speed of the drum corresponding to the predetermined movement of the laundry.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/05/15 / #20150315735

Laundry treating appliance and method using inertia detection to control liquid extraction

A laundry treating appliance has a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving a laundry load for treatment according to at least one cycle of operation and operated such that the extraction of liquid from the laundry load is controlled based on the inertia of the laundry load. A method for operating the laundry treating appliance to control the liquid extraction based on the detected inertia.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/05/15 / #20150315009

Bladder pump for liquid dispensing

A refrigerator includes a main refrigeration loop and a canister configured in a parallel circuit with the main refrigeration loop between the compressor and evaporator, with a liquid-filled bladder within the canister. The canister is pressurized by high-pressure refrigerant from the compressor, which forces the liquid within the bladder out of the bladder and to a pressurized water reservoir in fluid communication with the bladder and configured to house the evaporator and then out to a dispenser.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/05/15 / #20150314249

Carbonation via a carbon filter media

An appliance for dispensing a chilled, carbonated liquid includes a mixer connected to a water source and a carbon dioxide source. A highly activated carbon filter is placed downstream from the mixing chamber between the mixing chamber and a dispenser.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/29/15 / #20150308031

Apparatus and method for determining inertia of a laundry load

A laundry treating appliance for treating a laundry load according to at least one cycle of operation including a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber in which a laundry load is received for treatment, a motor rotatably driving the drum in response to a motor control signal, and a controller outputting a motor control signal to rotate the drum according to a speed profile having at least a constant speed phase, where the drum is rotated at a constant speed, and an acceleration phase, where the drum is accelerated to the constant speed and a method of operating a laundry treating appliance to determine an inertia of the laundry load.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/29/15 / #20150308029

Method and apparatus for determining an inertia of a laundry load in a laundry treating appliance

An apparatus and method for determining an inertia of a laundry load for a laundry treating appliance during an acceleration phase, wherein the rotational speed of a rotatable drum of the laundry is controlled based on the determined inertia.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/29/15 / #20150305593

Easier loading and unloading silverware baskets for automatic dishwashers

Easier loading and unloading silverware baskets for automatic dishwashers are disclosed. A disclosed example silverware basket includes four side walls defining a basket having a top opening and a bottom opening, a moveable first member dimensioned to fit within the top opening and selectively moveable between a first position near the top opening and a second position between the top opening and the bottom opening, and a moveable second member dimensioned to fit within the bottom opening and selectively moveable between a third position near the bottom opening and a fourth position between the top opening and the bottom opening.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/29/15 / #20150305565

Low profile motor for portable appliances

A blending appliance includes a housing having a jar receiving portion defined between an upper housing and a base portion laterally extending from the housing. A blender jar is adapted to be laterally received within the jar receiving portion and includes a jar base and a receptacle portion. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/22/15 / #20150300651

Power management for home appliances

The present disclosure includes a system for power management of a plurality of heating sources for an electric range. The system includes a cooktop element, an oven element, and a switch in electrical connection with the cooktop element. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/22/15 / #20150300354

Hydrodynamic bearing applied on a contact interface of a fluid compressor based on a spiral type mechanism

This invention refers to a hydrodynamic bearing applied on a contact interface of a fluid compressor based on a spiral type mechanism. The aforesaid hydrodynamic bearing is located in the contact interface between the lower face of the orbiting whorl and the upper face (11) of the block (1), and comprises at least two regions (2) spaced apart between regions (3). ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/01/15 / #20150276306

Synchronous temperature rate control and apparatus for refrigeration with reduced energy consumption

A refrigerator appliance configuration, and associated methods of operation, for an appliance with a controller, a condenser, at least one evaporator, a compressor, and two refrigeration compartments. The configuration may be equipped with a variable-speed or variable-capacity compressor, variable speed evaporator or compartment fans, a damper, and/or a dual-temperature evaporator with a valve system to control flow of refrigerant through one or more pressure reduction devices. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/01/15 / #20150276305

Interactive lighting in a refrigerator

A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a light system associated within an interior of the refrigerator cabinet, the light system including a light source, a reflector having a first position wherein light from the light source is directed in a first direction and a second position wherein the light from the light source is directed in a second direction, and wherein the refrigerator is configured to move the reflector between the first position and the second position based on interactions between a user of the refrigerator and the refrigerator.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/01/15 / #20150276298

Apparatuses and methods to improve air flow in on-the-door icemakers

On-the-door icemakers having improved air flow are disclosed. An example icemaker includes an ice mold configured to produce ice by removing heat from the ice mold using supplied cold air, and a shaped air flow redirection member disposed at least partially between the icemaker and the door to redirect at least a portion of the cold air away from the door toward the freezer compartment.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/01/15 / #20150276289

Synchronous compartment temperature control and apparatus for refrigeration with reduced energy consumption

A refrigerator appliance configuration, and associated methods of operation, for an appliance with a controller, a condenser, at least one evaporator, a compressor, and two refrigeration compartments. The configuration may be equipped with a variable-speed or variable-capacity compressor, variable speed evaporator or compartment fans, a damper and/or a dual-temperature evaporator with a valve system to control flow of refrigerant through one or more pressure reduction devices. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/01/15 / #20150275884

Gas discharge system for a refrigeration compressor and a refrigeration compressor

The compressor comprises: a cylinder crankcase (1) defining a cylinder (2) which is closed by a valve plate (3) provided with at least one discharge orifice (3a) associated with a discharge valve (4) and defining, with the cylinder (2), a compression chamber (c); a cylinder cap (10) seated against the valve plate (3) and inside which is defined a discharge chamber (11). The system comprises an accelerating means (am) mounted in the interior of the discharge chamber (11) and secured to at least one of the parts of cylinder cap (10) and valve plate (3), in order to receive the entire flow of refrigerant gas released through the discharge orifice (3a), accelerating said gas flow and producing an instantaneous reduction in the pressure gradient between the upstream and downstream sides of the discharge valve (4), in the moment the latter opens.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/01/15 / #20150275883

Thermal insulation system for the discharge of gas in a refrigeration compressor

The compressor comprises: a cylinder crankcase (1) defining a cylinder (2) closed by a valve plate (3) provided with at least one discharge orifice (3a); a cylinder cap (10) seated against the valve plate (3) and in the interior of which is defined a discharge chamber (11). The present system comprises a hollow body (20) defining at least one plenum (21) mounted internal to the cylinder cap (10), maintaining a gap (30) with the latter. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/24/15 / #20150271877

Solid-state microwave device

A solid-state microwave generator for applying energy to a load disposed in a cavity is provided. The microwave generator comprises an oscillator, a preamplifier coupled to the oscillator, a power amplifier coupled to the preamplifier; a radiating element coupled to the power amplifier and in communication with the cavity; and a passive, microstrip bandpass filter with a predetermined passband in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum connected in a line between the oscillator and the power amplifier. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/24/15 / #20150267958

Vacuum insulated structure tubular cabinet construction

A refrigerator includes a vacuum insulated cabinet structure having side walls that are formed from a tube that has been folded/deformed into a structure having an “o” shape with vertically enlarged front and rear openings. The interior of the tube may be filled with silica powder or other filler, and a vacuum is formed within the tube. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/24/15 / #20150267743

Bearing arrangements in a refrigeration reciprocating compressor

The compressor comprises: a crankcase (10) carrying a cylinder (20) and a bearing hub (40) having a first and a second end portions (40a, 40b) and defining a radial bearing (41), in which is housed a crankshaft (50); and a connecting rod (60) coupled to a piston (30) housed in the cylinder (20) and having a larger eye (61) mounted in an eccentric end portion (55) of the crankshaft (50). Each of said end portions (40a, 40b) is defined by a bushing extension (45, 46) affixed in the interior of the bearing hub (40) and having an end portion (45a, 46a) projecting outwards from the bearing hub (40), in order to be elastically and radially deformed when pressed by a confronting portion of the crankshaft (50), which presents coaxiality deviation in relation to the axis (x1) of the radial bearing (41).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/24/15 / #20150267340

Laundry treating appliance dispenser

A laundry treating appliance may comprise a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and having an opening at least partially aligned with an opening in the appliance front panel, thus providing access to the treating chamber through the front panel opening and the tub opening. A bellows may connect the front panel and the tub at their respective openings, and a treating chemistry dispenser may be located on the bellows.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/24/15 / #20150266094

Manufacturing process of a porous component and a porous component

Manufacturing a porous component used as flow restrictor includes a metal injection molding process enhanced to obtain a component with open porosity homogeneously distributed. The flow restrictor includes at least one porous component having at least one restricting portion with some porosity dimensioned to regulate the flow of gas to an aerostatic bearing of a mechanical system, such as a hermetic compressor. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/24/15 / #20150265129

Automatic dishwasher with pump assembly

An automatic dishwasher with a tub that at least partially defines a treating chamber, a liquid spraying system that supplies liquid to the treating chamber, and a pump assembly that fluidly couples the treating chamber to the liquid spraying system and where the pump assembly includes a housing having an inlet, a recirculation outlet, and a drain outlet.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150259848

Method for treating clothes in a dryer

A method for treating clothes in a dryer, particularly for removing wrinkles from clothes at the end of a clothes drying program or a clothes refreshing program, in which the flow rate of process air circulated in a closed loop is decreased by reversing the rotation of the fan.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150259845

Modular laundry system

A modular laundry system includes at least one laundry appliance and at least one laundry module below the laundry appliance. Both the laundry appliance and the laundry module have a single width. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150259844

Modular laundry system and laundry module

A laundry module performs a washing function to wash laundry and has a height that is less than the height of a laundry appliance. The laundry module can be part of a modular laundry system including the laundry appliance. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150258512

Blender jar scraping utensil

A blending appliance includes a blender jar defining a receptacle portion, an open end, and a closed end. A blender lid is configured to mate with the open end of the bender jar. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150258476

Filtering device with measured activation of flow reduction

A method of repeatedly indicating to a user of an appliance that a water filter unit operably connected to the appliance has passed its useful life and a filter unit configure for use in connection with the method where the filter unit includes a fluid flow impeding system within a housing of the filter unit; engaging the filter unit with the appliance; measuring the volume of water treated by the filter unit; activating a fluid flow impeding system contained within the housing of the filter unit; and repeatedly indicating to a user that the maximum volume of water the filter unit has been designed to treat has been surpassed and the filter unit should be replaced by repeatedly delivering a normal flow rate of water from the dispenser of the appliance and thereafter slowing the flow of water from the dispenser of the appliance.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150257623

Dishwasher rack spray assembly

A dishwasher having a tub defining a treating chamber, a dish rack, and a spray assembly associated with the dish rack. The spray assembly may include at least one sprayer positioned to spray treating liquid onto dishes received by the rack. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150257602

Magnetic disk coupler for blending apparatus with energy storage

A blending appliance includes a housing having a motor compartment and a jar receiving portion spaced laterally therefrom. The jar receiving portion is disposed below an upper housing. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150257601

Anti-rotational latch for a blending appliance

A jar retainer mechanism for a blending appliance includes an articulating arm pivotally coupled to a housing of the blending appliance. The articulating arm is operable between engaged and disengaged positions and includes a latch member disposed on a first end of the articulating arm. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/17/15 / #20150257433

High performance adjustable juicer with pulp chute

A juicing system with a drive mechanism and a juicer assembly, where the juicer assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity. An auger having a top portion and a bottom portion is within the cavity. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/10/15 / #20150255193

Shelf brackets to conduct electricity to refrigerator shelves

Shelf brackets to conduct electricity to refrigerator shelves are disclosed. An example shelf bracket includes an end configured to engage a support rail, the end having a first area to conduct electricity from the support rail to the shelf bracket, an arm extending from the end to support the shelf, the arm comprising a second area to conduct electricity from the shelf bracket to the shelf, a non-electrically conductive coating applied to substantially all of the shelf bracket except in the first and second areas, a first electrically conductive material applied to at least a portion of the first area, and a second electrically conductive material applied to at least a portion of the second area, wherein the shelf bracket is formed from a third electrically conductive material, the third electrically conductive material to conduct electricity between the first and second areas.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/10/15 / #20150253012

Gas flow directing device for burners of cooking appliances

The present invention refers to a gas flow directing device (1) for burners (2) of cooking appliances, comprising innovative technical and functional features capable of better using gases from combustion process. However, it is mainly directed to maximize the efficiency of heat exchange of burners with cooking utensils. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/10/15 / #20150250334

Track for slotted wall system

A track (12) for a slotted wall system forms a slot (26) configured to receive a portion of a bracket and support the bracket and load carried by the bracket to define one or more load-bearing locations (a,b) on the track (12). The track (12) is formed of a base material coextruded with a reinforcing material selectively positioned at one or more load-bearing locations (a,b) on the track (12).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/03/15 / #20150247665

Adjustable connector system for connection to a modular appliance

An adjustable connector system for use in an appliance is provided, wherein the adjustable connector system includes a channel disposed on a surface of the appliance, an access aperture defined by a surface adjacent the channel, and a utility enabled connector at least partially received in the channel, and extending from the access aperture, wherein the utility enabled connector includes an elongated member configured to at least partially extend along the channel, and extend from the access aperture, and an interface adapted to supply at least one utility to a modular appliance configured to be removably attached to one of a plurality of removable attachment locations on the appliance.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/03/15 / #20150247662

Single evaporator refrigeration system for multi-compartment refrigerator appliance with isolated air flows

A refrigeration appliance has a cabinet having a first compartment, a second separate compartment and a refrigeration system including a compressor, an evaporator and a condenser. The evaporator is associated with the first compartment to lower a temperature of the first compartment air. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/03/15 / #20150245762

Glasses rack for dishwasher

A glasses rack for a dishwasher may be configured to hold glasses in an inclined position. The glasses may be inclined at a predetermined angle relative to horizontal to allow draining of treating liquid from the glasses yet achieve a reduced overall height of the dish rack relative to a conventional dish rack. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150245419

Glass pan having an electromagnetically formed induction layer

An induction pan for an induction cooking appliance includes an electromagnetically contoured induction layer, wherein the electromagnetically contoured induction layer is ferromagnetic and electrically conductive. The induction pan includes a vessel having a base, a sidewall extending from the base and defining a rim, an interior surface defining an inner volume, and an exterior surface. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150241119

Lighting units for refrigerator drawers and baskets

Lighting units for refrigerator drawers and baskets are disclosed. An example refrigerator drawer assembly includes a shelf having a divider, the shelf defining at least a portion of a drawer compartment, first and second drawers disposed beneath the shelf, an elongated light source attached to a bottom surface of the divider, the elongated light source having a plurality of light-emitting diodes (leds) along the length of the elongated light source to provide a source of visible light for the first and second drawers.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150241118

Multi-section core vacuum insulation panels with hybrid barrier film envelope

A multi-layer vacuum insulating panel that includes: a first barrier film having at least one polymeric material layer and; a second barrier film having at least one interior polymeric layer, a metal foil layer, and at least one exterior polymeric layer positioned on the opposite side of the metal foil layer as the at least one interior polymeric layer; a sealing junction between the first barrier film and the second barrier film at a sealing section about a perimeter of the first barrier film and the second barrier film where the first barrier film and the second barrier film physically and sealingly engage one another; and a multi-section central core having a first fumed silica region that contains at least one fumed silica compound and at least one fibrous (fiberglass) region that are each discrete regions within the interior volume.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150241117

Refrigerator pantry compartment

A compartment for storing items in a mullion wall separating refrigerated compartments is provided. One exemplary embodiment provides a refrigerator with a first refrigerated compartment selectively coverable by a first door and a second refrigerated compartment selectively coverable by a second door. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150241114

Vacuum packaged 3d vacuum insulated door structure and method therefor using a tooling fixture

A method for creating a vacuum insulated panel including preforming a continuous insulation member having male and female engaging surfaces and providing a barrier film envelope having an opening. The insulation member is disposed within the barrier film envelope and a tooling fixture is pressed against the barrier film envelope to press the barrier film envelope against the male and female engaging surfaces to remove gas from between the barrier film envelope and the male and female engaging surfaces. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150241112

Folding approach to create a 3d vacuum insulated door from 2d flat vacuum insulation panels

An appliance door includes a vacuum insulated structure having a plurality of core sections that are folded to form an ice and/or water dispensing cavity on an outer side of the appliance door. The vacuum insulated door structure may be positioned between an outer door member and a door liner.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150241106

Ice imaging system

A refrigerator includes a sensing system for detecting multiple physical characteristics of ice cubes produced therein. The system includes a digital image capture device coupled to a digital image analyzing system which captures digital images of the ice in the refrigerator and analyzes the images to detect characteristics associated with the ice. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150241103

Clad metal ice cube tray

A clad metal ice forming tray assembly for a refrigerator is disclosed. The ice forming tray includes a clad metal comprised of at least a first alloy sheet and a second alloy sheet different from the first and having different coefficients of thermal expansion. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150241098

Cooling system having dual suction port compressor

A cooling system for appliances, air conditioners, and other spaces includes a compressor, and a condenser that receives refrigerant from the compressor. The system also includes an evaporator that receives refrigerant from the condenser. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150240407

Household cleaning appliance with a non-bulk dispensing system convertible to a household cleaning appliance with a bulk dispensing system

A household cleaning appliance having a treating chamber and a non-bulk dispensing system coupled with the treating chamber and having a portion of material configured to be removable wherein the non-bulk dispensing system is configured to receive a removable cartridge containing a treating chemistry when such material is removed. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/27/15 / #20150239723

Multi-single serve beverage dispensing apparatus, method and system

A multi-single serve beverage dispensing apparatus, method and system is disclosed. Storage, management and delivery of a desired liquid enhancement cartridge to a beverage preparation positioned in a refrigerator or other liquid dispensing appliance is provided. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/13/15 / #20150223665

Dishwasher with booster agent dispersal system

A dishwasher includes a shiftable rack provided with a washing agent dispersal system including a housing into which washing fluid is delivered. When the rack is shifted to a retracted position within a tub of the dishwasher, a tube feed system is employed to selectively distribute washing fluid from a pump assembly to each of multiple spray arms, the housing of the washing agent dispersal system and an auxiliary spray unit carried by the upper rack.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/06/15 / #20150222120

Electrical household appliance system

A control device for an electrical appliance operatively set between an electrical supply line of the electrical appliance and a corresponding alternating current (ac) voltage supply source, the control device having a digital control system that encodes information via controlled interruptions of the ac voltage of supply of the electrical appliance and has a first controllable switch managing in an on-off mode the ac voltage from the supply source to the electrical appliance, wherein the encoding comprises carrying out a coding of information as sequences of interruptions having fixed duration of the ac voltage of supply of the electrical appliance, said interruptions having fixed duration being separated by a corresponding interval having variable duration, wherein the information to be transmitted is associated to the variable duration of the interval and the fixed duration of the interruptions is such as not to perturb operation of the electrical appliance.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/06/15 / #20150219384

Moisture control system for an appliance and method for controlling moisture within an appliance

A moisture control system includes a cabinet having a mullion defining first and second compartments and openings within the mullion to provide selective communication between the compartments. An evaporator is disposed in the first compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/06/15 / #20150219095

Sealing glove for a cylinder of a compressor, compressor and cooling appliance

A flexible sealing glove (100) applicable under radial tension to aerostatic linear compressors (200), capable of sealing the bearing channels (1, 2), which are located on the outer face (5) of the cylinder (14). The flexible sealing glove (100) is made of substantially polymeric material and its main functions are to increase the efficiency and the yield of the compressor (200).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/06/15 / #20150219086

Gas discharge arrangement for a refrigeration compressor

The compressor comprises: a shell carrying a gas outlet tube and housing a cylinder cap having a gas outlet; and a plastic discharge tube having an inlet end and an outlet end respectively coupled to the gas outlet and to the gas outlet tube, at least one of said inlet and outlet ends being connected to a discharge part, defined at the gas outlet or at the gas outlet tube, by a connecting element having: a fixation portion, affixed inside the discharge part; an engaging portion fitted inside one end of the discharge tube and carrying a superficial indexing means acting against the discharge tube; and gripping means disposed between the indexing means and the fixation portion; and a retaining ring mounted around the discharge tube for compressing the latter, in order to spike, therein, the gripping means.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/06/15 / #20150216389

Dishwasher with unitary wash module

An automatic dishwasher having a tub defining a treating chamber and a housing physically separate from the tub and defining a sump to receive liquid sprayed into the tub, the housing having an inlet fluidly connected to a liquid outlet of the tub and an outlet fluidly coupled to a sprayer located within the tub to define a recirculation path for the sprayed liquid.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/06/15 / #20150216300

Method of assembling a rack shelving unit

A method of assembling a rack shelving unit including first and second side frames, at least one beam, and one or more tie bars. The beam can be coupled to the side frames, and the tie bar can be resiliently compressed and retained to secure the tie bar to the beam.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/30/15 / #20150211786

Slide assembly for refrigerator storage drawer

A slide assembly for a drawer inside a refrigerator employs both side and central rollers which control both horizontal and vertical movement of the drawer through a first set of rollers employed at front and rear portions at each side of the drawer to control vertical movement within side tracks while the drawer is moved between an extended position and a retracted position. A second set of rollers is mounted along axes which are arranged 90 degrees relative to the first set of rollers and underneath the drawer. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/30/15 / #20150211785

Under mount roller for crisper system

A refrigerator is provided that includes a crisper system having one or more moveable and removable drawers. The drawers include rollers extending downwardly and outwardly from the drawers to provide maximum storage volume. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/30/15 / #20150211780

Specialty cooling features using extruded evaporator

An appliance includes a co-extruded evaporator in thermal communication with a compartment. The co-extruded evaporator includes main and support channels in thermal communication that share a common wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/30/15 / #20150211778

Refrigerator with energy consumption optimization using adaptive fan delay

A method of determining a time delay for turning off an evaporator fan in a refrigerator after a compressor of the refrigerator is turned off includes operating the evaporator fan in the refrigerator for a period of time, operating the compressor of the refrigerator to cool the refrigerator to a predetermined temperature after turning off the evaporator fan, determining a power consumption value for operating the compressor to cool the refrigerator, repeating the previous steps to obtain a plurality of times and a plurality of power consumption values, selecting the time coinciding with a lowest power consumption value, and adapting the refrigerator to use the time as the time delay for turning off the evaporator fan in the refrigerator after the compressor of the refrigerator is turned off.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/30/15 / #20150211775

On-line energy consumption optimization adaptive to environmental condition

An appliance includes an appliance housing, an interface adapted to receive power information, a plurality of sensors for sensing environmental conditions, a plurality of controls for controlling operations of the appliance, and an intelligent control. The intelligent control is disposed within the appliance housing and operatively connected to the interface and the plurality of sensors and adapted to dynamically select control values associated with the plurality of controls based on at least one of the power information, the environmental conditions, or a combination thereof to increase energy efficiency of the appliance.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/30/15 / #20150210525

Multiple inlet dispensing apparatus and system for preparing beverages

A liquid dispensing apparatus and system for controlling the delivery of liquid additives is disclosed. In one aspect, liquid additives are delivered to a beverage preparation system through a multiple inlet pump for preparing a finished beverage. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/30/15 / #20150208897

Dishwasher

A dishwasher for treating dishes includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a spraying system having a distribution header and at least one aperture provided on the distribution header for spraying wash liquid into the treating chamber, and a recirculation system for recirculating liquid sprayed in the treating chamber to the spraying system. A light assembly is provided on the distribution header, and includes a light source that emits light to a light guide, which in turn distributes light to the treating chamber.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/23/15 / #20150207367

Laminar segment for electric motor segmented stator

The present invention refers to an electric motor with segmented stator and a fluid compressor provided with an electric motor with segmented stator. Segmented stator (e) of the electric motor is composed of segments (4), wherein each segment (4) is constituted by a plurality of laminar segments (1) comprised of at least an external segment (11) and at least a tooth (13).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/23/15 / #20150204555

Systems and methods for multi-sense control algorithm for atomizers in refrigerators

A method and system is provided which receives a desired humidity level from a user for the refrigeration compartment of a refrigerator, determines the current humidity level, and then activates an atomizer in the refrigeration compartment to increase the humidity level if needed. The humidity in the refrigeration compartment may be determined based at least in part on the temperature of the refrigeration compartment, the defrost timer, the door opening times, and the compressor timer.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/23/15 / #20150201823

Dishwasher

A dishwasher for treating dishes includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a spraying system having a manifold with at least one sprayer for spraying wash liquid into the treating chamber, and a recirculation system for recirculating liquid sprayed in the treating chamber to the spraying system. The sprayer of the manifold has multiple apertures which are configured to emit liquid to different areas of the treating chamber.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/16/15 / #20150198381

Method of forming a refrigeration heat exchanger

. . A method of forming a refrigeration heat exchanger comprising a suction line and a capillary line includes juxtaposing at least a portion of the suction and capillary lines to form a juxtaposed portion, at least partially enveloping the juxtaposed portion with a metal material, and encapsulating the capillary line to the suction line along at least a portion of the juxtaposed portion.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/16/15 / #20150197881

Continuous glass fiber reinforced polymer composites in appliances

The use of a continuous glass reinforced fiber containing polymer composite capable of being thermally formed into various shapes and used in-home appliances such as a clothes washing or drying drum or basket or a dishwasher tub. The polymer composites can also be used to produce a garage wall panel or components for washer drums or baskets.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/16/15 / #20150196187

Dishwasher with unitary wash module

An automatic dishwasher having a tub defining a treating chamber and a housing physically separate from the tub and defining a sump to receive liquid sprayed into the tub, the housing having an inlet fluidly connected to a liquid outlet of the tub and an outlet fluidly coupled to a sprayer located within the tub to define a recirculation path for the sprayed liquid.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/09/15 / #20150192348

Low energy evaporator defrost

A refrigerator is provided that includes a low energy defrost system and method for melting frost formed on an evaporator of a cooling system for the refrigerator. The low energy defrost system includes using air from the refrigerator compartment or external air adjacent the refrigerator to be directed to the evaporator and passed adjacent the evaporator coils to melt any frost formed thereon. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/09/15 / #20150192339

Domestic refrigerator including an ice dispenser

An ice dispenser for a domestic refrigerator includes a lever having a housing with a passageway defined therein and a flapper door configured to pivot between a closed position in which ice is prevented from advancing into the passageway and an open position in which ice is permitted to advance into the passageway. A linkage is coupled to the lever and the flapper door such that movement of the lever causes the flapper door to move from the closed position to the open position.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/02/15 / #20150184914

Ice maker with heatless ice removal and method for heatless removal of ice

An ice making module for an appliance includes a conductive ice tray having an ice forming cavity. An electrical circuit is in electrical communication with the conductive ice tray and includes a power source in electrical communication with the conductive ice tray and a switch. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/02/15 / #20150183048

Device and process for simultaneous shaping and welding of connector pipes for compressors

The present invention relates to a shaping and welding device and process of connector pipes or dowels (1) primarily intended for use in 10 compressors. More specifically the process presented here concerns the shaping and welding of copper pipes (1) used as connectors for suction, discharge and process, the metal housing (2) of hermetic compressors, with the goal of making this equipment much more practical, efficient and economical.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/02/15 / #20150182097

Filter assembly for a dishwasher

A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/25/15 / #20150180294

Device and process for mounting permanent magnets in an electric motor rotor

The present invention refers to a process for mounting permanent magnets in electric motor rotors and is destined, more specifically, to hermetic motor-compressor, which was conceived and developed to provide greater reliability to the assembly, since it is a technical solution capable of absorbing, more appropriately, the dimensional variations of the components involved and allows the use of high speed motor. Said process comprises the following steps: to construct a helical elastic element (6) with a diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the magnet (3) assembly positioned on the outer surface of the metal core (2); to elastically expand the helical elastic element (6); and to engage the helical elastic element (6) around the magnet (3) assembly to enable that the elastic force of the a helical elastic element (6) causes the latter be rigidly molded to the outer diameter of the magnet assembly (3).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/25/15 / #20150176888

Folded vacuum insulated structure

A vacuum insulated cabinet structure includes panels having sheet metal outer side walls and polymer inner side walls. The polymer inner side walls are heat-sealed to a layer of polymer material laminated to a flat sheet metal blank to form vacuum cavities. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/25/15 / #20150176179

Apparatus for redistributing an imbalance in a laundry treating appliance

An apparatus for detecting an imbalance in the laundry load and effecting a redistribution of the imbalance by reducing the rotational speed of the treating chamber such that part of the load may redistribute while part of the load remains satellized, without ceasing rotation, and increasing the rotational speed back to a spin speed after redistribution.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/25/15 / #20150176166

Laundry treating appliance with a static tub

A method of controlling a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable wash basket defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry items for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation, the method comprising supplying liquid to the wash basket, draining liquid from the wash basket by gravity, and filling the wash basket to a predetermined fill level based on an amount of laundry, a type of laundry, a selected cycle of operation, or combinations thereof.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/25/15 / #20150175401

Beverage dispensing system with user customizable inputs

A refrigerator includes a cabinet, a first compartment, a second compartment, a first door providing access to the first compartment, a second door providing access to the second compartment, and a beverage dispensing system operatively connected the cabinet. The refrigerator further includes a user interface operatively connected to the cabinet, the user interface having a display and being configured to identify a user of the beverage dispensing system and customize beverage settings and preferences associated with the user.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/25/15 / #20150173588

Height adjuster mechanism for a dishwasher dish rack

A dish rack is supported for both selective movement into and out of a washing chamber of a dishwasher tub and vertically relative to the tub, with the vertical adjustment being made by manually grasping and shifting at least one frontal cross bar extending above a front wall of the dish rack to cause pivoting of first and second lever members extending along sides of the dish rack. The side lever members cooperate with latching mechanisms to lift and retain the dish rack in a select raised position.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/25/15 / #20150173586

Door assembly for a dishwasher

A dishwasher includes a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to a cycle of operation and a door assembly selectively moveable to close an access opening to the treating chamber, the door assembly having an interior door panel, an exterior door panel, a window assembly and a window assembly support frame provided on the interior door panel to support the window assembly.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/18/15 / #20150168050

Vacuum insulated door structure and method for the creation thereof

A vacuum insulated door structure includes a first wall having a first edge and a barrier layer, a second wall having a second barrier layer and a second edge coupled to the first wall member proximate the first perimetrical edge. The second wall includes at least four inner side walls and a back wall that defines a second wall offset. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/18/15 / #20150167955

Appliance with illumination source actuated by touch sensitive window frame

An appliance with a treating chamber and an illumination source selectively actuable to illuminate at least a portion of the treating chamber may include a closure element, such as a door, with a window located on the closure element for viewing of the treating chamber through the window when the closure element closes the treating chamber. A frame for the window may include a touch switch operably coupled to the illumination source such that contact of the frame by a user actuates the touch switch and thereby the illumination source to illuminate at least a portion of the treating chamber.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/18/15 / #20150167658

Linear compressor

The linear compressor comprises a shell (10) which affixes a cylinder (20) defining a compression chamber (21) housing a piston (30); a linear electric motor (40) having a fixed part (41) and a reciprocating movable part (42); an actuating means (50) driven by the movable part (42); an elastic means (60a) coupling the actuating means (50) to the piston (30), so that they are reciprocated in phase opposition. A supporting elastic means (70) connects the actuating means (50) to the shell (10) and presents a radial stiffness for supporting the lateral loads actuating on said movable part (42) and actuating means (50), and for minimizing the axial misalignments between the movable part (42) and the fixed part (41) of the linear electric motor (40), the supporting elastic means (70) presenting a minimum axial stiffness for allowing the displacement of both the piston (30) and the actuating means (50).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/18/15 / #20150164301

Dishwasher rack assembly with trim assembly

A rack assembly for supporting dishes in a dishwasher may comprise a wire frame rack having a plurality of wire elements and a trim assembly having at least one trim element and at least one tolerance adjuster mounted to the wire frame rack. The at least one trim element and the at least one tolerance adjuster may cooperate to alter the effective length of the trim assembly.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/18/15 / #20150164299

Dishwasher with sprayer

A dishwasher for washing dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation, includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving dishes for cleaning and a spraying system supplying liquid to the treating chamber and having at least one sprayer having a body mounted within the tub for rotation about a rotational axis and defining an interior, a liquid passage provided in the interior, and at least one moveable nozzle carried by the body and having at least one outlet in fluid communication with the liquid passage and a drive mechanism therefor.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/18/15 / #20150164280

Container and system for holding a cutting tool of a food processing device

A container and system for holding a cutting tool of a food processing device is disclosed. The container includes a shell defining a chamber sized to receive one of at least a first cutting tool and a second cutting tool. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/11/15 / #20150162672

Electrical connector for adjustable refrigerator shelf

A refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet having a temperature-controlled compartment defined therein, a shelf ladder disposed in the temperature-controlled compartment and providing a plurality of shelf mounting positions, an electrical connector corresponding to each of the plurality of shelf mounting positions, wherein each of the electrical connectors comprises an actuator movable from a first position to a second position and an electrical contact configured to automatically move from a disengaged position to an engaged position in response to the actuator moving from the first position to the second position, and an adjustable shelf removably mountable in one of the plurality of shelf mounting positions such that the actuator of the corresponding electrical connector is held in the second position by a weight of the adjustable shelf and the electrical contact of the corresponding electrical connector engages the adjustable shelf.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/11/15 / #20150159949

Method for drying articles

A method for drying an article with a radio frequency (rf) applicator having anode elements and cathode elements includes capacitively coupling the anode elements, capacitively coupling the cathode elements, capacitively coupling an anode element to a cathode element, and energizing the rf applicator to generate an rf field between anode and cathode elements wherein liquid residing within the field will be dielectrically heated.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/11/15 / #20150159880

Additional primary air access for surface gas burners

A gas burner unit for a cooktop having a spreader positioned above the top surface of the cooktop. The spreader has a plurality of gas outlets. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/11/15 / #20150159313

Appliances with sudsing-reducing flushable detergent dispensers

A laundry treating appliance having a detergent dispenser that may be flushed with a water flow for removal of residual powder while reducing sudsing.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/11/15 / #20150159311

Laundry treating appliance with tub ring

A laundry treating appliance having a tub with a tub ring and a drum located within the tub having a balance ring. The tub ring may extend radially inward and be spaced above the balance ring. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/11/15 / #20150157185

Methods and apparatus to heat liquids in dishwashers

Methods and apparatus to heat liquids in dishwashers are disclosed. An example dishwasher includes a tub defining at least partially a treating chamber for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation, at least two sprayers located in the treating chamber for spraying liquid into the treating chamber and a diverter assembly. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/11/15 / #20150157184

Household appliance and method of opening the same

A method of opening a door of a household appliance having a cabinet with an open face providing access to a treating chamber where an article is received for treatment according to a useful cycle of operation is provided. The method includes: sensing a presence of at least a portion of a person within a predetermined range of the door and out of contact with the door; and automatically opening the door in response to the sensed presence.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/28/15 / #20150145396

Housing fastening element, housing locking system and method, a compressor and an inverter

A system and method of locking housings that have two different stages, one being generally used for transportation after an initial production stage, and the other being intended for final use of the product, preferably used on electric compressor inverters. One example presents a system for locking housings that have a base (1), a cover (2) and internal elements (4) arranged in an internal portion of the base (1), the cover (2) being locked to the base (1) by at least one fastening element (3), the fastening element (3) having first reversible locking stage (a) and second irreversible locking stage (b), the locking system being configured so that the reversible locking stage (a) will enable the opening of the housing for access to the internal elements (4), and the irreversible locking stage (b) will effect tamper-proof closure of the housing.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/21/15 / #20150136187

Dishwasher

A dishwasher having a tub defining a wash chamber, a dish rack located within the wash chamber, and pump assembly for recirculating wash liquid is further provided with a spray assembly and a spray manifold with multiple nozzles each having at least one aperture emitting wash liquid into the wash chamber.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/21/15 / #20150135762

Refrigerator with easy access drawer

A bottom mount refrigerator is provided with a pantry compartment that is accessible from outside the refrigerator by pulling open an easy access pantry drawer without the need to first open the fresh food compartment or the freezer compartment. A divider between the pantry compartment and the fresh food compartment is formed by a secondary mullion and a transparent shelf. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/07/15 / #20150123910

Method of controlling the actuation of a user interface

A method of controlling the state of a user interface (ui) having a plurality of discrete touch-sensitive inputs. The method includes detecting inputs and controlling the state of the ui based on the detected inputs.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/30/15 / #20150117141

Magnetic disc coupler

A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/30/15 / #20150117139

Blender jar assembly

A blender jar for use with a blending appliance includes a receptacle portion defined between an open top and a base portion. A flexibly resilient lid is removeably received at the open top and includes a central aperture which opens into the receptacle portion of the blender jar. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/30/15 / #20150117137

Blender assembly

A blending appliance includes a housing with a jar receiving area defined between an upper housing and a support base. A blender jar includes a base portion and a receptacle portion, and is configured to be laterally received within the jar receiving area of the housing. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/30/15 / #20150114895

Filter unit

A filter unit includes a body portion having a proximal end and a distal end. An engagement protrusion extends from the proximal end. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/30/15 / #20150114384

Modular vent hood blower kit for in-line or external application

A vent hood kit comprises a canopy assembly having an intake end and an outlet end, a blower housing selectively and alternatively coupled with the exhaust end of the canopy assembly in an in-line position and an external position, a blower assembly disposed within a blower housing and in communication with the intake end in both the in-line and external positions and an exhaust duct adapter of the blower housing is configured to be in communication with the intake end in both the in-line and external positions.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/30/15 / #20150113841

Alphanumeric display assembly

In one aspect, an alphanumeric display assembly includes a printed circuit board (pcb), a plurality of light emitting diodes (leds) and a plurality of light reflecting cups. The pcb has a front side and a rear side and includes a plurality of holes extending through the pcb between the front and rear sides. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/23/15 / #20150110931

Beverage dispensing system with automated water filter recommendation

A device and mechanism for recommending a water filter in a beverage dispenser is described. A sensor senses qualities of unfiltered water. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/23/15 / #20150107308

Laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance may include a tub and a basket located at least partially within the tub and at least partially defining a laundry treating chamber. A drive system may operatively couple the tub to the basket and may be operative to rotate the basket about a rotational axis. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/23/15 / #20150107276

Icemaker with swing tray

A clear ice making system and method utilizes an ice forming tray pivotally connected to opposing side walls of an icemaker housing. Ice forming fingers of a dedicated evaporator extend into fluid within the ice forming tray, and are cooled by communication with the refrigerant circulating system of the refrigerator. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/23/15 / #20150107160

Sealing system for refrigerator

The present invention discloses a sealing system for a refrigerator and, more particularly, a sealing system located between the doors of a refrigerator and its acclimatized chambers and of the kind that comprises a gasket to be inserted in a receiving channel existing also between the doors of a refrigerator and its acclimatized chambers. The sealing system for refrigerator herein reported consists of at least one gasket comprising a tubular body formed by at least one attaching end and by at least one sealing body; at least one groove defined in at least one movable door or at least one fixed cabinet; and by at least one rib defined in at least one movable door or at least one fixed cabinet.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/23/15 / #20150107084

Method of making an appliance cabinet

An appliance cabinet may be made having at least a first metallic tub, and a mounting bracket by which a component of the appliance may be mounted to the cabinet. The bracket and the first metallic tub may be juxtaposed. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/16/15 / #20150102801

Method and apparatus for detecting an energized e-field

A method for detecting the presence of an energized e-field in a space, wherein the space includes at least one electrically conductive element disposed in the space and coupled with a controller, the method including receiving in the controller a signal from the at least one electrically conductive element, comparing the value to a threshold, and if the value exceeds the threshold, determining that an energized e-field occupies the space, and sending a signal from the controller indicative of the presence of the energized e-field in the space.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/16/15 / #20150102542

Tuned vibration neutralizer device

The present invention relates to a vibration neutralizer designed, more specifically, for use in refrigeration compressors, especially aimed at reducing noises and vibrations derived from the operation of the compressor motor used in the refrigeration equipment. It basically comprises at least one rod (2) cooperating with the compressor (1), wherein said physical rod comprises at least one fastening means (21) and at least one shaft (22) cooperating with at least one fastening means(21); and at least one body (3) cooperating with the at least one rod (2), wherein the at least one body (3) comprises an elastomeric material (31) coated with at least a layer (32) of metallic material.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/16/15 / #20150101668

Laundry treating appliance and method of filling a laundry treating appliance with liquid

A laundry treating appliance having a tub, a drum located within the tub and at least partially defining a treating chamber in which laundry may be received for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation and a liquid supply system for introducing liquid thereto and a method for filling the laundry treating appliance including supplying liquid, determining a load inertia value and stopping the supply of liquid based thereon.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/16/15 / #20150101207

Method and apparatus for drying articles

A method for drying laundry with a radio frequency (rf) applicator having a plurality of baffles on a drum rotatable on a non-vertical axis, an anode element in at least one first baffle and a cathode element in at least one second baffle, the method including capacitively coupling the anode element to the cathode element, and energizing the rf applicator to generate a field of electromagnetic radiation (e-field) between the anode element and the cathode element, wherein liquid in the laundry residing within the e-field will be dielectrically heated to effect a drying of the laundry.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/09/15 / #20150097691

Method for preventing input on an apparatus having a user interface

A method for preventing input and/or interaction on an apparatus having a user interface (ui) with input elements located on a door rotatable about an axis relative to an earth horizontal, the method includes detecting the horizontal position of the door and disabling input from the ui input elements based on the horizontal position of the door.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/09/15 / #20150097003

Beverages dispenser and a method for dispensing beverages

A beverages dispenser, particularly for carbonated beverages, comprises a cooled tank where beverage is stored, an inlet pipe to the tank, an inlet valve on the inlet pipe, a pump downstream the inlet valve for feeding a beverage to the tank in order to maintain a predetermined level wherein, an outlet pipe from the tank to a beverage dispensing nozzle, and an outlet valve on the outlet conduit. An auxiliary pipe is disposed between the inlet pipe downstream the inlet valve and the outlet pipe downstream the outlet valve and a control unit is adapted to close the inlet valve and to run the pump in order to empty the outlet pipe into the tank after the beverage is dispensed in order to prevent dripping.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/09/15 / #20150096325

Refrigerators with a non-azeotropic mixtures of hydrocarbons refrigerants

A refrigerant circuit using a non-azeotropic mixture of hydrocarbons refrigerants comprises a compressor, a condenser, an expansion device, a first evaporator downstream the expansion device, a second evaporator downstream the first evaporator, a first heat exchanger to cause heat exchange between refrigerant downstream the condenser and upstream the first evaporator, on one side, and refrigerant downstream the first evaporator and upstream the second evaporator, on the other side, and a second heat exchanger to cause heat exchange between refrigerant downstream the condenser and upstream the first heat exchanger, on one side, and refrigerant downstream the second evaporator and upstream the compressor, on the other side, the expansion device having a capillary tube as part of both heat exchangers as a side of exchangers, the capillary tube being parallel to and in contact with a tube of the circuit or it is wrapped around such tube.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/02/15 / #20150089979

Laundry treating appliance and method of operating a laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance having a tub having an open face and at least partially defining a treating chamber in which laundry may be received for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation, a door for closing the open face of the tub, a perforated rotatable drum located within the tub and a method of operating such that the rotation of the drum is accelerated at a rate sufficient to cause an inrush of supplied liquid into the treating chamber from the tub via the perforations that locates a unit dose treating chemistry within the treating chamber.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/02/15 / #20150089829

Method and apparatus for drying articles

A method and apparatus for drying textile material with a radio frequency (rf) applicator and a controller, the method includes energizing the rf applicator to generate a field of electromagnetic radiation (e-field), measuring a parameter related to the energization of the rf applicator, determining a drying cycle of operation in the controller based on the measured parameter, and controlling the energization of the rf applicator according to the determination of the drying cycle of operation, wherein the textile material is dried.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/02/15 / #20150089794

Method of manufacturing a rotor for an electric motor for a washing machine

A method of manufacturing a rotor of an electric motor is disclosed. The method includes securing a plurality of permanent magnets to a sheet to form a magnet chain, bending the sheet to engage an inner surface of each permanent magnet with a curved outer surface of an insert mold, wrapping a metallic strip around an outer surface of the sheet to form a yoke of the rotor, and molding a polymeric material over the magnet chain and the yoke to form a cylindrical shell.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/26/15 / #20150084495

Dispensers, refrigerators and methods for dispensing objects

Example dispensers, refrigerators and methods to dispense objects are disclosed. A disclosed example dispenser includes a discharging lever to turn on/off discharge of the objects, a discharging shutter to open a discharging hole through which the objects are discharged, a discharge shutter driving part to operate the discharging shutter, a discharge driving part to discharge the objects, and a controller to sense a feedback signal from the discharge shutter driving part, and control the discharge driving part in response to the sensed feedback signal.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/26/15 / #20150082837

Laundry treating appliance with integrated dynamic balancer

A laundry treating appliance includes a rotatable drum for receiving a laundry load. The rotatable drum includes a cylindrical body with an cylindrical wall, and a cover at one or both ends. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/26/15 / #20150082812

Integrated ice maker pump

A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, an ice maker disposed within the refrigerator cabinet, a pump fluidly connected to the ice maker and configured for pumping cooling media to the ice maker, and a motor operatively connected to the ice maker and configured to provide oscillating movement to the ice maker. The pump is operatively connected to the motor such that driving of the motor results in the pumping of the cooling media with the pump.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/19/15 / #20150075229

Dynamic balancer in a laundry treating appliance

A dynamic balancer device for a laundry treating appliance includes, among other things, a first raceway piece having an l-shaped cross section defining a first annular channel and a second raceway piece having an l-shaped cross section defining a second annular channel. The first raceway piece is attached to the second raceway piece with the first annular channel facing the second annular channel to define a raceway. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/19/15 / #20150075191

Ice cube release and rapid freeze using fluid exchange apparatus and methods

An ice piece release system that includes a chilled compartment set at a temperature below 0° c., a warm section at a temperature above 0° c., and a tray in thermal communication with the chilled compartment. The tray includes a plurality of ice piece-forming receptacles and a cavity in thermal communication with the receptacles. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/12/15 / #20150073612

Method for determining an optimal schedule of an appliance

A method of defining a message to be sent to at least one appliance regarding a schedule for performing a cycle of operation includes a step of acquiring pricing data from a source of information about a resource consumed by the appliance. A projected rate for the use of the resource by the appliance for a future series of time periods is calculated based upon a user preference. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/12/15 / #20150072054

Cooking appliance

A method of heating an item in a cavity of a cooking appliance including the steps of detecting the size of the item at a first time during a cooking cycle and detecting the size of the item at a second time during the cooking cycle. The cooking cycle is then controlled at least partially based on the size of the item at the second time during the cooking cycle. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/12/15 / #20150071792

Linear motor, a linear compressor, a method of controlling a linear compressor, a cooling system, and a linear compressor controlling a system

A linear motor (10), a linear compressor (100), a method of controlling a linear compressor (100), a cooling system (20) and a system of controlling a linear compressor (100) to operate a linear compressor (100) in resonance in it's the greatest possible efficiency throughout its operation are described. One of the ways of achieving these objectives is by means of a linear compressor (100) applicable to a cooling system (20), the linear compressor (100) comprising a piston (1) driven by a linear motor (10), the piston (1) having displacement range controlled by means of a controlled voltage (vm), the controlled voltage (vm) having a voltage frequency (φp) applied to the linear motor (10) and adjusted by a processing unit (22), the range of piston (1) displacement being dynamically controlled in function of a variable demand of the cooling system (20), the linear compressor (100) having a resonance frequency, the processing unit (22) adjusting the range of piston (1) displacement, so that the linear compressor (100) will be dynamically kept on resonance throughout the variations in demand of the cooling system (20).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/05/15 / #20150059417

Valved dispensing system for products in liquid form by inertial centrifugal action for household appliances

The present invention refers to a valved dispensing system for storing and dispensing products for household appliances, more particularly for vertical shaft washing machines. Said valve dispensing system (7) comprises at least one reservoir (70) for storing products cooperating with a washing compartment (6), at least one cover (80) cooperating with said at least one reservoir (70); at least one lower reservoir (90) downwardly cooperating with said at least one reservoir (70) and with the washing compartment (6), and at least one valve (100) comprising a perimetral structure (101) cooperating with at least one membrane (102), wherein a sealing element (102) cooperates with an orifice (72) of said reservoir (70), and wherein the definition of the opening time of said at least one orifice (72) of reservoir (70) through said at least one valve (100) is effected by means of a relationship between the characteristics of said is valve (100) and the rotation speed of the washing compartment (6).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/05/15 / #20150059394

Ice maker with piezo dielectric elastomer sensor

An ice maker includes, among other things, an ice cube mold, an ice cube remover and a force sensor comprising a piezo dielectric elastomer (pde). The ice cube mold has at least one cavity for receiving liquid. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/05/15 / #20150059371

Variable expansion device with thermal choking for a refrigeration system

A refrigeration system including a suction line heat exchanger having a first conduit including a refrigerant liquid which flows inside of the first conduit from the condenser to the evaporator. Also the refrigeration system includes a second conduit in thermal communication with the first conduit and includes a refrigerant fluid, typically a vapor, which flows inside of the second conduit in an opposite direction of flow from the first conduit from the evaporator to the compressor. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/05/15 / #20150059366

Stir stick and breaker walls for an ice container

A refrigerator is provided comprising a cabinet, a door for providing access within the cabinet, an ice maker for making ice operably connected to the cabinet, an ice bin comprising a pair of opposite-facing walls and a bottom wall, disposed within the cabinet and located adjacent the ice maker, and a stir assembly positioned within the ice bin, comprising a stir stick, a cam rod, and a pair of breaker walls; wherein the stir stick is configured to oscillate about an axis of rotation, the cam rod is coupled to the stir stick; and the pair of breaker walls are engaged with the cam rod near the bottom of the breaker walls, and hingedly attached to the pair of opposite-facing walls.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150055680

Methods and apparatus to determine home appliance cabinet temperature using a light emitting diode (led)

Methods and apparatus to determine home appliance cabinet temperatures using light emitting diodes (leds) are disclosed. An example home appliance includes a cabinet, a lighting system disposed in the cabinet having one or more leds to provide lighting in the interior of the cabinet, and a circuit electrically coupled to the lighting system and programmed to determine a temperature inside the cabinet based on a characteristic of the one or more leds of the lighting system.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150053310

Method for welding a case hardened component

A method for producing a welded part from two components, where at least one of the components has a hardened surface. The method can include case hardening the surface of one of the components using a salt bath nitriding process and then welding the case hardened first component to the second component by gas metal arc welding (gmaw).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150053094

Multi-functional toasting platform utilizing a coated clear-glass heating element

A partially transparent cooking appliance includes first and second plates defining an externally accessible cavity therebetween. The first and second plates are at least partially translucent. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150053089

Method of operating a coffee maker

A coffee maker and method of operating the same is disclosed. The method includes deactivating a heating plate of the coffee maker when a drip pan is positioned thereon, soliciting a user-selection of a serving size from a plurality of serving sizes when the drip pan is positioned on the base, and operating a pump of the coffee maker to advance fluid to a filter basket in accordance with the selected serving size.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150052954

Laundry treating appliance with a static tub and a water trap vapor seal

A washing machine may include a static wash tub, a rotatable vertical axis wash basket in the static wash tub, and a drive motor for rotating the wash basket. A closure may direct wash liquid from the wash basket to a catch basin. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150052953

Laundry treating appliance with a static tub

A laundry treating appliance having a cabinet, a static wash tub fixed in position relative to the cabinet, a wash basket mounted within the wash tub for rotation about a vertical axis and having at least one drain hole, a drive motor within the cabinet for rotating the wash basket, a catch basin fixed to the wash tub and spaced from the drive motor, a recirculation pump, and a closure between the drive motor and the catch basin.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150052932

Combined refrigerator/freezer appliances with dampers having ice prevention treatments

Combined refrigerator/freezer appliances with dampers having ice prevention treatments are disclosed. An example combined refrigerator/freezer appliance includes a cabinet having a first compartment and a second separate compartment, a refrigeration system including a compressor, a single evaporator and a condenser, the single evaporator being associated with the first compartment to lower temperatures of the first and second compartments, and a damper having a first position in which air is prevented from flowing from the first compartment to the second compartment, and a second position in which air is permitted to flow from the first compartment to the second compartment, wherein at least a portion of the damper is treated to prevent ice buildup from forming on the at least portion of the damper when the damper is in the first position.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150052775

Appliance for drying articles

A radio frequency (rf) laundry dryer includes, amongst other things, an rf generator, a drying surface and a faraday cage enclosing the drying surface. The drying surface on which textiles are supported further includes an rf applicator having an anode and cathode coupled to the rf generator. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/26/15 / #20150052774

Method for drying articles

An improved method of drying operation for an article using a field of electromagnetic radiation (e-field) generated between an anode element and a cathode element by a radio frequency (rf) applicator between the anode and cathode elements such that liquid in the article will be heated to effect a drying of the article.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/19/15 / #20150047396

Laundry treating appliance and method of predicting mechanical degradation in a laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance having a rotatable container at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation and a motor rotationally driving the rotating chamber and a method of predicting mechanical degradation in a laundry treating appliance where the method includes rotating a rotatable container with a motor, monitoring over time a torque signal during the rotating, repeatedly determining over time a friction value from the torque signal, and predicting mechanical degradation based on a determined change in the friction value.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/19/15 / #20150047218

Appliance for drying articles

An rf laundry dryer includes, amongst other things, an rf generator, an rf applicator having a perforated body supporting anode and cathode elements, a fan arranged relative to the perforated body to flow or draw air through the perforated body and an electromagnetic shield protecting the fan from the e-field. Both anode and cathode elements are operably coupled to the rf generator to generate an e-field between the anode and cathode upon the energizing of the rf generator.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/19/15 / #20150047198

System and method for mounting undercabinet ventilation hood

A ventilation hood is mounted to an underside of a cabinet by left and right support brackets each including a main body from which depend at least one support tab or hanger, as well as a locator tab. The main body is aligned on the cabinet, while the locator tab appropriately spaces the support bracket from an upstanding rear wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/19/15 / #20150047128

Method to detect the type of a load in a laundry treating appliance

A method of determining load type in a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for receiving laundry, a rotatable laundry mover, and a motor operably coupled to the rotatable laundry mover includes steps to apply a perturbation force to the laundry in the treating chamber by rotating the laundry mover with the motor; determine the response of the motor torque to the perturbation force during the rotating of the laundry mover; and determine a load type based on the determined response.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/12/15 / #20150046234

Method and apparatus for managing resources of utility providers

A method and system for managing resources of various types of utility providers. The system includes a user interface configured to allow a consumer to select a rate plan having a limitation on resource usage and allow the consumer to select a level of participation in the rate plan and a server configured to vary a charge rate applied to a consumer's energy usage based on the level of participation selected through the user interface.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/12/15 / #20150041577

Locking ring

A food processing machine, having a jar with a base and at least one sidewall extending upwardly therefrom to define a top opening. A lid has a bottom surface with a downwardly depending sealing wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/12/15 / #20150040887

Inner swirling flame gas burner

A gas burner having a combustion chamber with a bottom and a circumferential wall. A plurality of fuel exit ports are disposed in the circumferential wall, and are directed generally inwardly toward the combustion chamber and upwardly from the bottom of the combustion chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/12/15 / #20150040752

Connecting rod/piston arrangement for alternative compressor and process for assembling connecting rod/piston arrangement for alternative compressor

The present invention refers to a connecting rod/piston arrangement for alternative compressor, comprising using at least an intermediate element capable of associating said connecting rod with the piston, wherein both do not radially contact with one another. A process for assembling said connecting rod/piston arrangement for alternative compressor is also disclosed. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/05/15 / #20150037741

Combustion systems for cooking equipment burners

The present invention refers to a combustion system applied in cooking equipments, which comprises technical features capable of enhancing heat exchange efficiency and capacity of cooking equipments through a turbulent combustion regime process. Preferably, the combustion system in accordance with the present invention comprises a fuel feed duct (1) connected to a cooking equipment burner (2) by means of an intermittent mechanism (3) for the purpose of releasing and blocking the fuel flow coming from said feed duct (1) such that an ignition element (4) causes a fuel turbulent combustion in said burner (2).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/05/15 / #20150035786

Method to lockout a touch screen interface

A method for locking out a portion of a touch screen interface in response to an inadvertent touch comprises steps to detect multiple touches on the portion of the touch screen interface; determine that the multiple touches are incompatible; initiate a lockout time period in response to the determination and reinitiate the lockout time period in response to a subsequent touch during the lockout time period.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/05/15 / #20150035432

Controlled, dynamic lighting of interior of appliance

An apparatus, system, and method of illumination relative to an appliance. A programmable controller activates one or more light sources automatically based on a trigger or sensed condition. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/05/15 / #20150033803

Laundry treating appliance laundry mover with liquid diverter

A laundry mover for a laundry treating appliance may include a protrusion located on an upper side of the laundry mover and forming an open-bottom cavity. The protrusion may have at least one opening fluidly communicating the cavity with a portion of the treating chamber above the protrusion. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/05/15 / #20150033802

Pulley for washing machine

A pulley has a plastic body having a peripheral seat and a central hub defining a through opening, with teeth extending from the central hub into the through opening. A metal insert is located within the hub and has at least a portion circumscribing the through opening.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/29/15 / #20150031123

Composting device

A device for transforming refuse into compost according to a cycle of operation has a cabinet, a hopper, a first reducing mechanism in the hopper, a first heating element coupled to the hopper, a transfer mechanism disposed in a conduit from the hopper to an outlet, a motor beneath the hopper and the transfer mechanism, a container removably mounted in the cabinet and beneath the outlet, a second reducing mechanism in the container, and a second heating element coupled to the container.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/29/15 / #20150027628

Method of encapsulating a projection and making an evacuated cabinet

The invention relates to a method of using high velocity metal forming to encapsulate a projection of a non-metallic article by a metallic article and a method of crimping terminal flanges defining an interstitial space therebetween, while trapping a vapor barrier element between the terminal flanges, thereby hermetically sealing the interstitial space.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/29/15 / #20150027159

Enhanced heat transfer to water

A beverage dispensing apparatus which includes a tank, a liquid inlet and a fluid dispensing system which includes a dispensing fluid conduit having a helical portion at least substantially vertically oriented within the interior volume of the tank. The beverage dispensing apparatus also includes a fluid circulating system that includes at least one fluid circulation conduit having an inlet portion positioned proximate the bottom portion of the tank and at least one outlet. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/29/15 / #20150027151

Air conditioning systems for at least two rooms using a single outdoor unit

A high-efficiency air conditioning system for conditioning a plurality of rooms within an interior of a building, the air conditioning system including: two separate rooms within a building, a single outdoor unit a refrigerant flow pathway that includes a plurality of refrigerant conduits having a common refrigerant flow path portion and at least two divergent flow path portions, a first divergent flow path where the first evaporator and second evaporator are in parallel with one another; at least one throttling device and at least a first indoor air handling unit positioned within and providing cooling to the first room and a second indoor air handling unit positioned within and providing cooling to a second room. The compressor is incapable of simultaneously supplying both the first evaporator and the second evaporator at their full cooling capacity.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/29/15 / #20150027150

Split air conditioning system with a single outdoor unit

A split air conditioning system for conditioning a plurality of zones within a single living area of a building, that includes a single outdoor unit; a refrigerant flow pathway made up of a plurality of refrigerant conduits having a common refrigerant flow path portion and at least two divergent flow path portions, a first divergent flow path and a second divergent flow path and the first evaporator and second evaporator are in parallel with one another; at least one throttling device; a portioning device configured to selectively and proportionately regulate the flow of a refrigerant fluid to the first evaporator and the second evaporator, respectively where the compressor is configured to be capable of simultaneously driving both the first evaporator and the second evaporator at their full cooling capacity.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/29/15 / #20150027147

Air conditioning systems with multiple temperature zones from independent ducting systems and a single outdoor unit

A high-efficiency air conditioning system for conditioning a plurality of zones within an interior of a building that includes: at least two independent ductwork systems within a building wherein each independent ductwork system directs heating and cooling to one zone within the building; a single outdoor unit a refrigerant flow pathway having a common refrigerant flow path portion, a first divergent flow path, and a second divergent flow path; at least one throttling device and at least a first indoor air handling unit providing cooling to a first independent ductwork system and a second indoor air handling unit providing cooling to a second indoor ductwork system. The compressor is incapable of simultaneously supplying both the first evaporator and the second evaporator at their full cooling capacity.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/22/15 / #20150023000

Lighted refrigerator shelf with overmold

A shelf for supporting items including but not limited to in refrigerated appliances includes in an integrated fashion a supporting surface and around the perimeter of the supporting surface of similar dimensions. A lighting subassembly is mountable to or integrated in the framing. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/22/15 / #20150022072

Traveling harness system

A traveling harness system is provided for an appliance to maintain electrical connections between the appliance and a drawer, while allowing the drawer to move. Wiring harness guides formed in the drawer force the wiring harness to maintain a predictable and desirable loop radius to reduce stress on the wiring harness, which prevents the wiring harness from prematurely wearing.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/22/15 / #20150020854

Filter with artificial boundary for a dishwashing machine

A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system. The liquid filtering system includes a filter disposed in the recirculation flow path to filter the liquid and at least one artificial boundary to aid in cleaning the filter.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/22/15 / #20150020553

Laundry treating appliance with embossed container

A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to a cycle of operation, includes a container rotatable about a rotational axis and having a peripheral wall, a plurality of arranged embossments, and a plurality of arranged holes, wherein the plurality of embossments may be oriented at an angle to both of the rotational axis and the plurality of arranged holes.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/22/15 / #20150020538

Cooling system of a refrigerator and suction system for a compressor fluid

The present invention relates to a cooling system of a refrigerator, particularly of a refrigerator including a refrigeration compartment and a freezer comprising a compressor attached to at least one condenser by a segment of a refrigerant tube, wherein a first refrigerant line leaves from the condenser and returns to the compressor, and a second refrigerant line leaves from the condenser and returns to the compressor. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the compressor has at least two suction inlets, wherein the first refrigerant line is connected to the first inlet and the second refrigerant line is connected to the second inlet, and both inlets have each a suction valve. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/22/15 / #20150020406

Dishwashers having phase change materials

Dishwashers having phase change materials are disclosed. An example dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation includes a tub defining a treating chamber with an opening, a door movably mounted to the tub to selectively open and close the opening, and a phase change material part of at least one of the tub or the door, wherein the transition temperature of the phase change material is below a maximum temperature of the cycle of operation, and wherein the phase change material releases heat during a drying portion of the cycle.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/22/15 / #20150020403

Method for drying articles

A method for drying an article with a radio frequency (rf) applicator having anode elements and cathode elements includes capacitively coupling the anode elements, capacitively coupling the cathode elements, capactively coupling an anode element to a cathode element, and energizing the rf applicator to generate an rf field between anode and cathode elements wherein liquid residing within the field will be dielectrically heated.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/15/15 / #20150019017

Home appliance and method of operating a home appliance

A home appliance having a treating chamber for receiving an article for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation, a treating chamber having an open face, a door for selectively closing the open face of the treating chamber, a sensor configured to sense a user at a predetermined location with respect to the home appliance and provide a signal based thereon, an actuator operably coupled with the door and a method for operating a home appliance.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/15/15 / #20150015132

Foldable rack for a refrigerator

A refrigerator comprising a cabinet, a liner disposed within the cabinet and defining an interior fresh food compartment, a wine rack rotatably mounted within the fresh food compartment, the wine rack comprising a substantially planar plate having a first end and a second end with at least one aperture sized to receive a neck portion of a bottle to hold the bottle substantially horizontally in a cantilever fashion; a pair of attachment elements disposed on the first end and second end of the substantially planar plate to support the substantially planar plate and configured to secure the substantially plate to the refrigerator.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/15/15 / #20150013829

Multi-stage home refueling appliance and method for supplying compressed natural gas

A multi-stage home refueling appliance and method supplying compressed natural gas from a utility natural gas supply. The multi-stage home refueling appliance includes a first compressing stage having a first stage inlet fluidly coupled to the supply of natural gas and a first stage outlet, a second compressing stage having a second stage inlet fluidly coupled to the first stage outlet and a second stage outlet and a vehicle refueling dispenser fluidly coupled to the second stage outlet and configured to be selectively fluidly coupled to a storage tank of a vehicle.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/15/15 / #20150013729

Dishwasher with sprayer

A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and a spraying system having a sprayer supplying liquid to the treating chamber. The sprayer may include a liquid passage and multiple spray outlets to emit sprays to wash the dishes, a first valve body to couple at least one of the multiple spray outlets to the liquid passage, and a second valve body to control a flow of liquid.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/15/15 / #20150013728

Dishwasher detergent dispenser

A dispenser for a dishwasher having a wash tub includes a fluid reservoir to hold a treating chemistry, a lid operatively mounted to the fluid reservoir, and configured to move between an open position and a closed position, and a hydraulic actuator fluidly coupled to a fluid source and configured to initiate movement of the lid between its closed and the open positions in response to fluid pressure applied to the actuator by the fluid source.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/15/15 / #20150013075

Method of sanitization in a laundry treating appliance

A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum for at least partially defining a treating chamber and for holding laundry, for substantially removing bacteria from laundry received in the interior of the drum without energizing a heating element of the laundry treating appliance, according to a predetermined sanitization cycle of operation.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/15/15 / #20150013074

Laundry treating appliance with remotely controlled airflow and method of operating the same

The souring of wet laundry in a laundry treating appliance may be retarded by sending an alert signal indicative of an ending of a cycle of operation from the laundry treating appliance to a remote electronic device. The appliance may receive an authorization signal from the electronic device indicative of an instruction to execute an anti-sour cycle. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/08/15 / #20150008815

Hydrophilic structures for condensation management in appliances

An appliance that includes a cabinet having an exterior surface; a refrigeration compartment located within the cabinet; and a hydrophilic structure disposed on the exterior surface. The hydrophilic structure is configured to spread condensation. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/08/15 / #20150007394

Laundry treating appliance and method of operation for a laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance and a method operating a laundry treating appliance having a dye sensor configured to output a signal indicative of the amount of dye within liquid in the treating chamber, a controller having a memory in which is stored a set of executable instructions including at least one user-selectable cycle of operation, and a user interface operably coupled with the controller and providing an input and output function for the controller and provide information related to a dye release.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/01/15 / #20150005943

Laundry treating appliance and method of operation for a laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance and a method operating a laundry treating appliance having at least one automatic cycle of operation, a plurality of components selectively operable by a controller to implement the at least one cycle of operation on a load of laundry received within a treating chamber of the appliance with the controller having a user interface for receiving input from a user and a door for closing an open face of the treating chamber, the method comprising determining a movement of the door in a closing direction and actuating the user interface when it is determined the door is moved in the closing direction.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/01/15 / #20150003818

Pump assembly

A pump assembly includes a motor and a pump, with the motor having an output shaft that extends into a volute chamber defined by a housing of the pump. An impeller may be mounted to the end of the output shaft. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/01/15 / #20150000713

Dishwasher for treating dishes

A dishwasher for treating dishes according to at least one cycle of operation including a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving the dishes, at least one sprayer, a liquid recirculation system, a liquid filtering system including a housing defining and a filter located within the interior and a heater configured to heat liquid that has passed through the inlet opening of the housing.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/01/15 / #20150000708

Dishwasher

A dishwasher has a treating chamber with four corners and a rotatable sprayer located within the treating chamber, where the sprayer includes two conduit segments which rotate about two different axes and a spray head which rotates about yet another axis. The combined rotation of the conduit segments moves the spray head in a non-circular path around the treating chamber.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/01/15 / #20150000352

Hybrid laundry mover

A laundry treating appliance may include a treating chamber receiving laundry for treatment and a laundry mover mounted within the treating chamber for rotation about a rotation axis. The laundry mover may have a base made of a first material and a plurality of protrusions made of a different second material. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/01/15 / #20150000311

Fast ice making device

A refrigerator includes a fast ice making device for quickly producing ice cubes. The fast ice making device includes a mold body having a plurality of ice forming cavities adapted to hold fluid. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/01/15 / #20150000046

Controlling current draw in a laundry treating appliance

A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable container at least partially defining a treating chamber, a motor for rotating the treating chamber, and an electric heater for heating liquid supplied to or in the treating chamber by simultaneously operating the electric motor to effect the rotation of the treating chamber and operating an electric heating element to heat liquid.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation








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