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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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Hemisphere ice making

Provided is a method of making an ice structure including the steps of: providing a mold having at least two mold portions; extending two supporting rods between the at least two mold portions; extending a drive rod from each of the at least to mold portions; chilling the at least two mold portions using at least one cooling source; delivering a flow of water such that water flows over the at least two mold portions; forming ice structure segments within the at least two mold portions; and contacting the ice structure segments to fuse them together to form the ice structure.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

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

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.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

Dishwasher with microfilter

A dishwasher and a method of treating utensils in the dishwasher wherein the dishwasher has a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spray system, a liquid recirculation system fluidly coupling the treating chamber to the spray system to recirculate wash liquid from the treating chamber to the spray system, and filters capable of removing particles from the wash liquid.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

System for establishing communication between a user interface and a controller of a dishwasher

A dishwasher may include a closure element, such as a door, a user interface on the closure element, and a controller. A data communication link having a first data connector may be coupled to the controller, and a second data connector may be coupled to the user interface. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Steam generation system for use in cooking appliance

A steam generator system for a cooking appliance includes an in-line heating element coupled to a heating tube, wherein water from a water reservoir is gravitationally fed into the heating tube for heating by the in-line heating element to produce a hot water and steam mixture. A first supply line is coupled to the heating tube to carry the mixture to a separator without the need for moving or complex pump parts. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Microwave oven with water feeding system

A domestic microwave oven is provided having an oven cavity, a water reservoir, a piping system coupling the reservoir and the oven cavity, and a pump for pumping a predetermined amount of water into the oven cavity. The pump is a mono-directional positive displacement pump and the piping system includes a by-pass coupled in parallel to the pump and an on/off electro valve configured to allow a drainage of the piping system when the pump is idle.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

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

Variable expansion device with thermal choking for a regrigeration 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

Water line guide assembly for inserting a fluid line into a fluid line valve for an appliance

A fluid line insertion guide for a refrigerator includes a collet adapted for engagement on a fluid line, the collet including a biased end and an insertion end, wherein the fluid line in inserted through a fluid line aperture defined within the biased end, and wherein the insertion end is configured to be inserted into a fluid valve a final insertion depth to place the fluid line and fluid valve in communication. A fluid line guide includes a retaining channel and a biasing surface, wherein the retaining channel engages a valve housing to define a guide position, when the fluid line guide is in the guide position, the biasing surface is disposed a predetermined distance from a valve aperture of the fluid valve and further defines a position of the biased end of the collet and the final insertion depth of the insertion end into the fluid valve.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Method of indicating operational information for a bulk dispensing system

A method of determining the number of doses and the types of a treating chemistry available in the bulk dispensing system, and providing an indication of the determination on a user interface.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

Grilling appliance having air jacket for smoke removal and ventilation

A ventilated grilling device includes a plurality of grates each having interior channels defined therein, a housing positioned at a first end of each of the plurality of grates, the housing having a ventilating interior in communication with each of the interior channels, a heat-conductive ceramic plate positioned below the plurality of grates, wherein the space defined between the top surface of the ceramic plate and the grates defines a suction jacket that is in fluid communication with the ventilating interior of the housing and a heat source positioned below the ceramic plate, wherein heat from the heat source is thermally transferred through the ceramic plate and up to a cooking region positioned proximate an upper portion of the plurality of grates.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

Power supplies for lighted shelves in a refrigerator

Illustrative embodiments of systems and methods for powering lighted shelves in refrigerator appliances are disclosed. In one embodiment, a refrigerator appliance may comprise a cabinet having a temperature-controlled compartment defined therein, a shelf ladder disposed at least partially in the temperature-controlled compartment and providing a plurality of shelf mounting positions, the shelf ladder comprising an electrical bus including first, second, and third conductors, the second conductor configured to supply power at a first current level when electrically coupled to the first conductor, the third conductor configured to supply power at a second current level when electrically coupled to the first conductor, and a first adjustable shelf carrying a first lighting device, the first adjustable shelf being removably mountable in one of the plurality of shelf mounting positions such that the first lighting device is electrically coupled between the first conductor and the second conductor.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Refrigerator and door-ajar switch

A refrigerator includes a cabinet, a door, a cooling system, an indicator configured to indicate a door-ajar condition and a door-ajar switch. The cabinet includes a liner that defines a refrigerated compartment, and the door is movable between an open position and a fully closed position to selectively seal the refrigerated compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

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

12/08/16 / #20160356503

Domestic oven

A domestic oven is provided having a hinged door with a handle. The hinged door includes at least one external glass panel coupled to one or more vertical bars defining a structure of the hinged door and an elongated element is coupled to an upper edge of the at least one external glass panel. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/08/16 / #20160354715

Replaceable water filter and memory device for appliance

A water filter communication system and method of using the system. A method of periodically reading water filter data associated with a water filter and retained by the water filter that has been positioned in an appliance includes the steps of: installing a water filter into an engaged position in a filter head assembly within an interior of a cabinet of an appliance that includes a water inlet and a water outlet and periodically, based upon and after a user's interaction with the appliance or the water filter, supplying power from the appliance to the filter read-write memory device engaged to the filter housing; transmitting water filter data to the appliance from the filter read-write memory device, which retains filter information.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/08/16 / #20160353967

Non-integrated bulk dispenser and method of operating a dishwasher having same

A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/08/16 / #20160353966

Automatic dishwasher

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 fluidly coupling the treating chamber to the liquid spraying system, a portion of which is located above a bottom wall of the tub.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/08/16 / #20160353964

Dishwasher with dynamically controlled cycle of operation

A method of controlling the operation of an automatic dishwasher having at least one cycle of operation and a sensor that indicates a degree of turbidity of liquid in the dishwasher includes repeatedly determining a correction value for the sensor related to the scaling of the sensor and executing a de-scaling cycle of operation based thereon.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/01/16 / #20160348960

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

12/01/16 / #20160348917

Method of pan detection and cooktop adjustment for multiple heating sections

A burner assembly for a cooktop includes a housing that defines first and second concentric outlet sections, the first outlet section being inset relative to the second outlet section. The housing further defines a first aperture between the first outlet section and the second outlet section. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/01/16 / #20160348662

Valve and stop arrangement for reciprocating compressor

The present invention relates to an arrangement integrated by at least one reed-type suction valve and at least one flexible stop which, arranged within the compression cylinder of the compressor, acts as end-of-stroke for the movement of said suction valve. Thus, flexible stop includes an angular inertial arrangement, so that it includes a free end spaced from the free end of suction valve. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/01/16 / #20160347683

Method for producing synthentic alkyl aromatic lubricant oil for refrigeration compressors by selection of solid acid catalysts modified during the integrated alkylation and transalkylation process in reactive distillation columns

The present invention refers to a process of obtaining alkylaromatic compounds where there is a higher selectivity for the production of monoalkylaromatic compounds by selection of modified acid solid catalysts in an integrated process comprising an alkylation and transalkylation of aromatic and/or polyaromatic compounds for the selective production of monoalkylaromatic compounds, as well as regeneration (in situ) of acid solid catalysts selected for this process. The process of the present invention enables the achievement of monoalkylated compounds with high rates of conversion, selectivity and yield.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/24/16 / #20160345390

Microwave oven multiview silhouette volume calculation for mass estimation

A microwave heating apparatus includes a cavity arranged to receive a load. At least one microwave generator is configured to feed a plurality of microwaves into the cavity. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/24/16 / #20160340821

Fabric refreshing cabinet device

A device for refreshing fabrics by reducing malodors and/or wrinkles without requiring that the fabrics to be put through an entire standard laundry process. The device comprises an extractable drawer which is pulled out of the device to allow for loading of a fabric into a receiving region. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/24/16 / #20160338565

Method of operating a household appliance

A household appliance having a treating chamber in which is received an article for treatment, a treating chemistry dispenser configured to receive a unit dose container for the treating chemistry, and a controller for executing at least one cycle of operation and a method of operating the household appliance to physically alter a unit dose container in conjunction with a cycle of operation and sensing same.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/17/16 / #20160338153

Induction cooking hob

An induction cooking heater including an inductor having a number of magnetic field concentration bars located beneath the inductor. The inductor having the magnetic field concentration bars is supported by a polymeric frame. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/17/16 / #20160336123

Method of controlling an appliance door position switch for sabbath mode operation

An appliance includes a position switch retention device for use with an appliance includes a body defining a generally cylindrical profile extending through a first portion thereof along an axis and having a first radius. The body further defines a pin-receiving channel open on at least a first end thereof and positioned within the generally cylindrical profile. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/17/16 / #20160333991

Multi-function appliance knob incorporating multiple rotation modulating mechanisms

A control knob for an appliance includes an outer control ring, a stationary hub, a rotation modulating mechanism coupled to the outer control ring and engaged with an outer surface of the stationary hub, wherein the outer control ring is rotationally operable about the stationary hub at a first rate, an indicial ring positioned around the stationary hub, wherein the indicial ring engages a portion of the rotation modulating mechanism, wherein rotation of the outer control ring at the first rate causes the rotation modulating mechanism to rotate the indicial ring about the stationary hub at a second rate, the second rate being different than the first rate and an encoder shaft positioned within the stationary hub, wherein an inner gearing mechanism extends between an exterior surface of the encoder shaft and one of the outer control ring and the indicial ring.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/17/16 / #20160333990

Multi-function appliance knob incorporating multiple rotation modulating mechanisms

A control knob for an appliance includes an outer control ring, a stationary hub, a rotation modulating mechanism coupled to the outer control ring and engaged with an outer surface of the stationary hub, wherein the outer control ring is rotationally operable about the stationary hub at a first rate, an indicial ring positioned around the stationary hub, wherein the indicial ring engages a portion of the rotation modulating mechanism, wherein rotation of the outer control ring at the first rate causes the rotation modulating mechanism to rotate the indicial ring about the stationary hub at a second rate, the second rate being different than the first rate and an encoder shaft positioned within the stationary hub, wherein an inner gearing mechanism extends between an exterior surface of the encoder shaft and one of the outer control ring and the indicial ring.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/17/16 / #20160332427

Insulation system for a cooking appliance incorporating a plurality of microsphere sheets

An appliance includes an outer shell and an inner shell, wherein the outer shell and the inner shell are engaged to define an insulating cavity therebetween, and wherein the inner shell includes an inner surface that defines an interior cavity. An insulation member includes a plurality of layers, each layer of the plurality of layers including an insulative sheet defining first and second surfaces and a plurality of microspheres at least partially disposed within the insulative sheet, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of microspheres extends outward from each of the first and second surfaces to define a plurality of protrusions, and wherein the engagement of two adjacent layers of the plurality of layers causes a portion of the plurality of protrusions to engage and define a plurality of insulating air pockets between the adjacent layers.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/17/16 / #20160331204

Dishwasher with vertically adjustable dish rack

A dish rack is supported for vertical movement relative to a dishwasher tub between lowered and raised positions. To raise the rack, spring biased locking levers provided on side walls of the dish rack are pivoted to cause wing members of the locking levers to release locking tabs, extending in a cantilevered fashion from locking straps secured to the rack, from locking openings provided in adjuster arms which are fixed vertically relative to the tub, thereby disengaging the locking straps from the adjuster arms to enable the rack to be lifted to the raised position. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/17/16 / #20160331175

System and method for operating rotisserie oven

An oven for performing a rotisserie cooking operation includes an oven cavity having a door for selectively accessing the oven cavity, at least one heating element for heating the oven cavity and a rotisserie arm adapted to support a food product within the oven cavity. A motor is operatively coupled to the rotisserie arm for rotating the rotisserie arm and a food product. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/10/16 / #20160330803

Method of control of a multifeed radio frequency device

A method of coherently controlling irradiation of an object in an enclosed cavity by at least two radio frequency (rf) feeds includes setting an amplitude, a phase and a frequency for each of the rf feeds; actuating all of the rf feeds with the respectively set amplitudes, phases and frequencies to irradiate the object; measuring a reflected power at each of the rf feeds; characterizing a complete scattering parameter matrix of the enclosed cavity while the object is being irradiated; and adjusting the power, the phase and the frequency for each of the rf feeds based on the complete scattering parameter matrix and values of the power, the phase and the frequency of the rf feeds before adjusting.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/10/16 / #20160330802

Multiple cavity microwave oven door

An interrupting circuit is configured to monitor for and detect a fault in a device for generating a field of electromagnetic radiation (e-field) from a radio frequency (rf) generator configured to convert low voltage direct current (dc) into the e-field for application to an article in the e-field. If a fault is detected, the interrupting circuit interrupts low voltage dc between an energy reserve and the rf generator within a predetermined time less than the time to dissipate energy stored in the energy reserve.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/10/16 / #20160326471

Appliance for brewing beer

An appliance includes an appliance for the home-brewing of beer that includes a brewing unit including a heating unit, a recirculation pump, a first steeping chamber having an inlet and a flow-controlled outlet, a supply line in fluid communication with the inlet, and a collector in fluid communication with the outlet. The recirculation pump has a draw line in fluid communication with the collector. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/10/16 / #20160325250

Pouring shield for a stand mixer

A pouring shield for a stand mixer includes an upper collar for mounting to a mixer head of the stand mixer in a friction-fit manner without the need for clamps or other mounting accessories. The stand mixer is configured to receive a mixing bowl with an open top, and the pouring shield is configured to cover the open top of the mixing bowl at an upper rim of the mixing bowl using a seal member which is disposed around an outer perimeter of the pouring shield. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/10/16 / #20160324367

Damper mechanism for tilt-head stand mixer

A damper mechanism for a stand mixer includes a swing body coupled to a pivot pin and operable along an actuation path between first and second positions. A piston damper is configured to provide a damping effect to a downward movement of a mixer head and is coupled to the swing body. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/03/16 / #20160323940

Method of calibrating a multifeed radio frequency device

A method for calibrating a device configured to generate at least one radio frequency feed in an enclosed cavity is provided herein. The method is characterized by: selecting at least one subset of frequencies in a bandwidth of the at least one rf feed; setting an input power for the at least one rf feed for each of the at least one subset of frequencies; actuating the at least one rf feed with the input power at each of the subset frequencies; sampling output power data at the at least one rf feed; interpolating the sampled output power data across the bandwidth of the at least one rf feed; and storing the output power data and the interpolated output power across the bandwidth of the at least one rf feed in a look-up table.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/03/16 / #20160323939

Interrupting circuit for a radio frequency generator

An interrupting circuit is configured to monitor for and detect a fault in a device for generating a field of electromagnetic radiation (e-field) from a radio frequency (rf) generator configured to convert low voltage direct current (dc) into the e-field for application to an article in the e-field. If a fault is detected, the interrupting circuit interrupts low voltage dc between an energy reserve and the rf generator within a predetermined time less than the time to dissipate energy stored in the energy reserve.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/03/16 / #20160323938

Cooling system for an induction hob

A cooling system for a built-in induction hob with an improved cooling efficiency, and a cooling method thereof. The cooling system comprises an air blower for generating an airflow according to a first direction, a heat-sink device through which air blown by the air blower is conveyed. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/03/16 / #20160320118

Defrost chamber within freezer compartment

An improved defrost chamber is disposed with the freezer compartment of a refrigerator, removing the need to relocate a food item prior to thawing. The defrost chamber has at least one wall configured to heat the interior. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/03/16 / #20160319214

Oil, lubricant composition having improved lubricity and increased coefficient of performance, uses and mechanical equipment

The present invention discloses an oil including at least one alkyl aromatic compound wherein the oil viscosity is lower than 3.0 cst at the temperature of 40° c. The oil of the present invention shows a lower viscosity variation as a function of the temperature, what contributes to reduce the cooling system equipment wear and increase the equipment operation lifetime, for example, the operation lifetime of the cooling compressors. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/03/16 / #20160316989

Dishwasher with movable liquid conduit

A dishwasher includes a compartment in the form of a drawer or pull-out treating chamber slidably mounted in a chassis is provided with one or more liquid supply and draining conduits for supplying and draining liquid to and from the treating chamber.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/03/16 / #20160316955

Boil and boil-dry detection systems for cooking appliances using vibration sensors

A method of boil and boil-dry detection for cooking appliances. The method includes the steps: detecting vibrations that correspond to cookware situated on a burner assembly; generating a vibration signal based on the vibrations; and performing signal processing on the vibration signal. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/27/16 / #20160316524

Cooking system particularly for pasta, rice and bread

. . A cooking system for preparation of foods, comprises an oven with a microwave source and a convection heater, and a bowl with a stirrer; the system further comprises at least a couple of interchangeable bowls, a plastic bowl being configured to be used when microwave source is in an activated configuration and a metal bowl being configured to be used when heater is in an activated configuration.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/27/16 / #20160314910

Domestic appliance with an electromechanical control panel

A domestic appliance with a control knob assembly is provided herein. The control knob assembly includes a cylindrical housing coupled to an opening of a panel of the appliance and having at one end an outwardly extending edge configured to abut on the panel. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/27/16 / #20160313044

Apparatus, method and system for a dispensing system of a refrigerated appliance

An apparatus, method and system for sensing parameters related to water and/or ice being dispensed from a dispensing station of a refrigerated appliance is disclosed. The dispensing system includes a sensing system positionable at the dispensing station at the point of dispension for liquid and/or ice to sense a parameter related to dispensed water and/or ice and produce a sensing signal.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/27/16 / #20160313009

Snap spring clip for burner unit mounting

An appliance includes a spring clip for attaching a radiant burner unit to a cooktop includes a body extending in a lateral direction. A retention tab projects from the body and extends in the lateral direction adjacent the body. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/27/16 / #20160313002

Appliance with electronically-controlled gas flow to burners

An appliance includes a first gas-burning heating element, a first gas path extending from an inlet to the first heating element, and a first solenoid valve positioned within the first gas path. The appliance further includes a second gas path extending from upstream of the first solenoid valve to the first heating element and supplying a base gas flow to the first heating element. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/27/16 / #20160309937

Fabric treating systems and accessories

A fabric treating system comprises an enclosure comprising a first wall, a second wall, and a fabric receiving space defined by the enclosure. The fabric treating system also comprises a support member positioned proximate to the first wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/27/16 / #20160309936

Fabric treating systems and accessories

A fabric treating system comprises an enclosure comprising a first wall, a second wall, and a fabric receiving space defined by the enclosure. The fabric treating system also comprises a support member positioned proximate to the first wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/20/16 / #20160305701

Refrigerator providing air flow to door

A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a fresh food compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet, a freezer compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet below the fresh food compartment, and first and second french doors operatively connected to the refrigerator cabinet to provide access to the fresh food compartment. There is also a mullion between the fresh food compartment and the freezer compartment, an air inlet and an air outlet proximate a bottom of the first french door, and an air outlet and an air inlet on a front face of the mullion. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/20/16 / #20160305699

Ice maker with rocking cold plate

An ice maker assembly includes an ice forming plate and a cooling source thermally engaged to a bottom surface of the ice forming plate. The cooling source is configured to freeze water coming into contact with a top surface of the ice forming plate. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/20/16 / #20160305060

Laundry treating appliance lint filter

A method of removing lint from drying air in a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for holding clothes for treatment according to a cycle of operation, a treating chemistry dispenser fluidly coupled to the treating chamber, and an air supply having an inlet and outlet fluidly coupled to the treating chamber is disclosed. The method comprises a laundry treating phase comprising supplying treating chemistry from the treating chemistry dispenser to the treating chamber and leaving a portion of the treating chemistry within the treating chamber to form a bath of treating chemistry, a laundry drying phase comprising supplying air to the treating chamber through the inlet and exhausting the supplied air from the treating chamber.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/20/16 / #20160305058

Methods of determining a load size in a laundry treating appliance

Methods of determining a laundry load size in a laundry treating appliance comprising a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation, at least one imaging device, and a controller having a processor, the method includes generating multiple images and determining, by the controller, a load size based on the multiple images.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/20/16 / #20160304359

Filtering device with flow reduction

A method of indicating to a user of an appliance that a water filter unit operably connected to the appliance has passed its useful life that includes the steps of: providing a filter unit and wherein the filter unit comprises 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 using an end of life measuring system positioned within the filter unit; and activating the fluid flow impeding device contained within the housing of the filter unit after a maximum volume of water the filter unit has been designed to treat has been surpassed.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/20/16 / #20160303525

Apparatus, method and systems for providing selectable level carbonated water

An apparatus, method and system configured to produce and provide on-demand, immediate sequential dispensing of varying levels of carbonated water, such as carbonated water having a level of carbonation selected by an end-user, is disclosed. In one aspect, immediate sequential dispensing of varying levels of carbonated water is provided by varying the rate of agitation during a fixed agitation interval. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/20/16 / #20160302619

Dicing tool for domestic food processing device

A food processing device includes a dicing kit adapted to be received in a bowl which is coupled to a base. The dicing kit includes a dicing grid disposed within a frame which is coupled to a cover member having a rotating slicing tool disposed there between. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/13/16 / #20160298895

Two-plane door for refrigerator compartment

In a refrigeration appliance, an enclosure or container defines an enclosed space. A two-plane door forms a portion of the container. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/13/16 / #20160298891

Top cooling module for a refrigerator

A refrigerator includes a cabinet having a top wall. At least one door is coupled with the cabinet and is moveable between an open position and a closed position. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/06/16 / #20160295644

Induction cooking appliance and method for its assembly

An induction cooking appliance comprises a bottom metal tray containing a printed circuit board and electronic components mounted thereon, and also a pair of polymeric support elements configured to be fastened to the metal tray and interposed between the tray and the printed circuit board in order to define a predetermined distance between the tray and the printed circuit board. The polymeric support elements may have an integral intermediate polymeric frame which provides a predetermined relative position thereof.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/06/16 / #20160290712

Shelving assembly for refrigerator compartment

A shelving assembly includes ladder rails mounted within spaced elongated pockets formed in the rear wall of a refrigerator compartment. Each ladder rail presents a front, side, rear wall portions. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/06/16 / #20160290709

Refrigerator, freezer and icemaker gap gauges

An example functional member of a refrigerator, freezer or icemaker having two closing members intended to be separated by a first distance includes a structure to implement a function for the refrigerator, freezer or icemaker, and a gap gauge dimensioned for use in aligning the two closing members apart by the first distance. An example functional member is a divider, a hinge cover or a scoop having a gap gauge with a blade-shaped, an oval or a rectangular cross-section, where a dimension of the cross-section is the first distance. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/06/16 / #20160290707

Tiered storage system for refrigerator door

A tiered storage system for refrigerator door bins is established by providing an insert between opposing side walls of the bin, with the insert including a raised platform arranged spaced from a bottom wall of the bin. The insert is positioned such that the platform extends only part way from a rear wall to a front wall of the bin and maintained in this operational or in-use position by retainer structure acting between the bin and the insert. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/06/16 / #20160290704

Refrigerator with ice mold chilled by air exchange cooled by fluid from freezer

A refrigerator that has a fresh food compartment, a freezer compartment, and a door that provides access to the fresh food compartment is disclosed. An icemaker is mounted remotely from the freezer compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/06/16 / #20160290700

Ice crushing system

An ice crushing system includes multiple sets of interleaved blades with some of the blades being provided with a series of raised protrusions on one or more faces. With this arrangement, the spacing between the interleaved blades is reduced and a finer crushed ice consistency is established. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/06/16 / #20160289886

Dryer or washer dryer and method for this operation

Example dryers and washer-dryers having a closed process air circuit having a drum, a condenser downstream from the drum for dehumidifying warm moist air, and a thermoelectric device having a cold side arranged in the process air circuit downstream from the drum are disclosed. Example thermoelectric devices have a warm side cooled by a fluid which is circulated in a liquid/air heat exchanger arranged in the process air circuit downstream from the condenser. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/06/16 / #20160287051

Household cleaning appliance with a single water flow path for both non-bulk and bulk dispensing

An apparatus with a single water flow path suitable for a household cleaning appliance having both a non-bulk dispensing system and a bulk dispensing system.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160282045

Apparatus for drying articles

A laundry treating applicator for drying laundry with a radio frequency (rf) applicator having a baffle on a drum rotatable on a non-vertical axis, an anode element in the baffle and a cathode element spaced from the anode element, wherein energization of the rf generator sends electromagnetic radiation through the applicator via the anode element and cathode element to form a field of electromagnetic radiation (e-field) in the radio frequency spectrum to dielectrically heat liquid within laundry disposed within the e-field.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160282038

Integrated lighting system for the interior liner of an appliance

An integrated lighting system for a kitchen appliance includes a refrigerated appliance having an appliance door that includes an inner door liner, an outer door wrapper and an insulation layer disposed within a cavity defined between the inner door liner and the outer door wrapper. The inner door liner defines a bin receptacle. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160282032

Multiple evaporator control using pwm valve/compressor

A refrigeration system including a condenser; a (single) linear compressor that is activated and deactivated by a pulse width modulation switching device; a pulse width modulation refrigerant flow switch; at least two evaporators operably connected in parallel with one another with at least one evaporator associated with the refrigerator compartment that operates at a first refrigerant fluid pressure and with at least one other evaporator associated with the freezer compartment that operates at a second refrigerant fluid pressure; and a plurality of refrigerant fluid conduits operably connecting the condenser, the linear compressor and the evaporators into a refrigerant fluid flow circuit and such that the evaporators are capable of running simultaneously at different pressure levels and refrigerant flows from the evaporators, to the pulse width modulation refrigerant flow switch and through the pulse width modulation refrigerant flow switch.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160282031

Refrigerator with enhanced efficiency

The present invention relates to a refrigerator with a refrigerant circuit comprising a compressor, a condenser, an expansion device, a first evaporator downstream the expansion device, a second evaporator downstream the first evaporator, a heat exchanger to cause heat exchange between refrigerant downstream the condenser and upstream said first evaporator, on one side, and refrigerant downstream the second evaporator and upstream the compressor, on the other side.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160282029

Refrigerator ice compartment latch and cover

An insulated icemaking compartment is provided in the fresh food compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator. The icemaking compartment may be integrally fowled with the liner of the fresh food compartment, or alternatively, may be modular for installation anywhere in the fresh food compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160282028

Ice maker for french door bottom mount refrigerator

A dedicated, hermetically sealed ice maker is provided. The ice maker includes a compartment including an ice tray and an ice bin disposed at least partially in the compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160281959

Passive illumination system for appliances

A refrigeration appliance has a cabinet defining a refrigeration compartment with a thermoformed inner liner disposed within the refrigeration compartment. A light source is located within the refrigeration compartment and configured to emit light such that the refrigeration compartment is illuminated when the light source is powered. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160281290

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

09/29/16 / #20160281288

Method of determining inertia in a laundry treating appliance

An embodiment of a method of determining inertia of a laundry load may comprise an extraction stabilization phase, where liquid is extracted from the laundry load by rotating the basket at first rotational speed, and a sensing phase. The sensing phase may include a deceleration phase, where the basket speed decreases to a second rotational speed, followed by an acceleration phase, where the basket speed increases back toward the first rotational speed. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160279545

Water filter purge indication

A refrigeration system includes a water circulation system and a replaceable water filter. The refrigerator includes a sensor that determines if a water filter is present, and a user interface that prompts a user to purge a water filter upon installation of a new water filter in the refrigerator. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160278603

Household appliance having antennas

A household appliance, such as a dishwasher, for treating an item according to at least one automatic cycle of operation includes multiple antennas for transmitting and receiving data with an external network. The multiple antennas can be coupled with a radio also located within the appliance.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/29/16 / #20160278519

Concealed vertical adjustment mechanism for kitchen appliance storage members

A storage member vertical adjustment mechanism for an appliance includes a concealed vertical track system that is positioned within an appliance cabinet. The vertical track system includes a retaining member and a concealing flange that extends parallel with and conceals the retaining member with an adjustment region defined therebetween. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/22/16 / #20160273828

U-shaped tuck shelf

A refrigerator cabinet including a plurality of u-shaped shelves is provided. Each of the plurality of u-shaped shelves includes left, right and back portions located in a horizontal fashion with one shelf above another. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/22/16 / #20160273827

Low wattage flipper mullion

A flipper mullion for an appliance includes an outer cover coupled to a hinge, wherein the outer cover is rotationally operable between an extended position and a folded position relative to the hinge. A gasket engages at least a fastening portion of the outer cover, wherein the gasket and the outer cover cooperate to define an outer surface, and wherein an interior surface of a flexible portion of the gasket defines an insulating space that is positioned opposite a front surface of the outer cover.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/22/16 / #20160273780

Household cooking appliance

A household cooking appliance, in particular an oven, comprises a cooking chamber defined by a muffle having a flue with a fume outlet at an upper wall of the muffle, and a front door, for opening and closing the cooking chamber. The appliance further comprises a delivery channel, defined by a duct body that extends above the upper wall of the muffle, the duct body having an outlet of the delivery channel that is substantially at a front region of the appliance, above an upper portion of the door, and having a fume inlet in a lower wall of the duct body, which is in fluid communication with the fume outlet of the muffle and with the delivery channel. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/22/16 / #20160273750

Shelf height adjusting flippers having an integrated electrical contact

A height-adjustable shelving system for an appliance includes an appliance having a plurality of walls that define an interior cavity. The appliance has an electrical system that extends into at least one of the walls of the appliance. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/22/16 / #20160273151

Method for drying laundry in a laundry treating appliance

A method of drying laundry in a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber in which the laundry is received for drying comprises moving the treating chamber to redistribute the laundry, supplying air to the treating chamber to define a supply air flow, exhausting the supplied air from the treating chamber to define an exhaust air flow, heating the air supplied to the treating chamber by actuating a heater at full output to define a first heating phase and then cycling the heater on/off to define a second heating phase.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/22/16 / #20160273147

Machine for washing or drying laundry

A machine for washing or drying laundry, having a stationary part, a tub, a drum rotatably accommodated in the tub, and a drive motor. The drive motor comprises a stator or housing component connected to the machine, a rotor having a rotor shaft connected with the drum, and bearings arranged in the stator or a housing component, and the rotor shaft is rotatably mounted by the bearings. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/22/16 / #20160273146

Method of determining a load size in a laundry treating appliance

Method of determining a laundry load size in a laundry treating appliance comprising a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation, an imaging device, and a controller having a processor, the method includes generating an image, detecting markings in the generated image, and determining, by the controller, a load size based thereon.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/22/16 / #20160270536

Adjustable shelf system for appliances

An adjustable shelf system for a household appliance includes at least one shelf assembly having at least one support structure, wherein each support structure of the shelf assembly includes upper and lower coupling elements outwardly extending from the support structures. A track member is coupled to a sidewall of an internal compartment of the appliance. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/15/16 / #20160265837

Crisper assembly for refrigerators

A refrigerator has a refrigeration compartment and a freezer compartment. A crisper assembly is configured to be stowed in the refrigeration compartment, and is moveable between retracted and extended positions. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/15/16 / #20160265832

Use of thermoelectric elements for clear ice making, ice harvesting, and creating a temperature condition for clear ice making

An ice making apparatus for an appliance includes a housing that has an interior volume and an ice tray horizontally suspended across the interior volume that is configured to retain water. The ice making apparatus also includes a heat pump thermally coupled to a bottom surface of the ice tray. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/15/16 / #20160265816

Self-contained pantry box system for insertion into an appliance

A pantry box system for a refrigerating appliance includes a pantry mullion having an interstitial space defined therein, a pantry wall extending perpendicularly from the pantry mullion, a base positioned substantially parallel with the pantry mullion. The pantry mullion, pantry wall and base define an insertable pantry compartment having an internal pantry volume. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/15/16 / #20160265151

Washing machine with direct drive motor and method for its manufacture

A washing machine with a direct drive motor system includes a plastic tub, a drum rotatably mounted inside the tub and a shaft connected to the drum for transmitting a driving torque of a direct drive motor. The motor has a rotor assembly fastened to the shaft and a stator assembly fastened to the tub. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/15/16 / #20160264395

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

09/08/16 / #20160262217

Cooling assembly for an induction hob

. . A cooling system for an induction-based cooking hob includes a first heat-generating device having a first heat sink coupled therewith and having a plurality of free ends extending away from the first heat generating device along a plane and a first induction coil positioned adjacent the heat sink. The cooling system further includes a blower module defining a cooling air path extending in a first direction substantially perpendicular to the plane. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160261216

System and method for controlling the operation of an electric motor of a compressor

The present invention refers to a system for controlling the operation of an electric motor of a compressor, comprising at least one predictive speed control loop (4) constituted by at least one speed controller (41), at least one processing core (42) and at least one signal delay circuit (43), wherein an output signal of said predictive loop (4) is added to the output signal of the outer speed control loop (1). It also relates to a method for controlling the operation of an electric motor of a compressor, comprising at least one step for discretizing a first refrigeration cycle (cr1) into a plurality of virtual sectors (j) in accordance with a previously known sampling rate, at least one step for determining the speed correction factor in each virtual sector (j) of the first refrigeration cycle (cr1), at least one step for discretizing a subsequent refrigeration cycle (cr1) into a plurality of virtual sectors (j) in accordance with a sampling rate used in the discretization of the first refrigeration cycle (cr1), and at least one step for applying each speed correction factor of the first refrigeration cycle (cr1) in the equivalent virtual sectors (svn) of the subsequent refrigeration cycle (crn).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160259124

Methods and apparatus to provide lighting in refrigerators

Example methods and apparatuses to provide lighting in appliances are disclosed. An example refrigerator includes a compartment disposed within the refrigerator having first and second opposite side walls, a movable component disposed in the compartment, the movable component having a front edge, a light pipe extending along the front edge of the movable component, and a first light source positioned at the first side wall to emit light into a first end of the light pipe.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160258671

Gas barrier for vacuum insulation

A gas barrier for a vacuum insulated structure of a refrigerator is provided. The gas barrier includes a plastic trim breaker; a metal outer panel a metal inner panel and insulation between the outer and inner metal panels. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160258670

Appliance door with vacuum insulated outer door

A refrigerator includes an insulated cabinet structure and a cooling system. A door assembly includes a perimeter structure that is movably mounted to the insulated cabinet structure and an outer door that is movably mounted to the perimeter structure whereby the outer door can be moved between open and closed positions relative to the perimeter structure when the perimeter structure is in its closed position the outer door may comprise a vacuum insulated structure including porous core material disposed in a cavity of the outer door.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160258669

3d vacuum panel and a folding approach to create the 3d vacuum panel from a 2d vacuum panel of non-uniform thickness

A three-dimensional (3d) vacuum insulation panel (vip) and a folding approach to create the 3d vip from a two-dimensional (2d) vip of non-uniform thickness for a refrigerator, a refrigerator freezer or a non-appliance, are disclosed. The folding approach includes placing a vip main panel and a plurality of vip wall panels on an outer film, where one or more panels are of a greater thickness than other vip panels; placing an inner film on top of the vip main and wall panels and sealing the films together. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160258664

Hybrid twist tray ice maker

An ice maker includes a harvest motor and an ice tray operably coupled to the harvest motor. The ice tray has a plurality of heat sinks coupled to a bottom section of ice forming cavities on the ice tray. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160258663

Air flow diverter for equalizing air flow within an ice making appliance

An ice maker for a refrigerating appliance includes an ice tray having ice-forming compartments. Each ice-forming compartment includes sidewalls and a base defining an internal freezing chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160258103

Laundry treating appliance with a tub ring

A tub ring mountable to an upper end of a liquid holding tub in a laundry treating appliance may include a circumferential side wall, a top wall extending radially inward from the side wall, and a plurality of radial stiffening ribs extending between the top wall and the side wall. The ribs may have a bottom edge with at least a portion inclined relative to horizontal. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160256032

Dishwasher support structures

Support structures for dishwashers 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 frame coupled to and structurally supporting at least a portion of the tub, a dish rack mount coupled to the frame, and a dish rack coupled to the dish rack mount, wherein the weight of the dish rack is substantially borne by the frame.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160256003

High speed blender/smoothie machine

A kitchen appliance includes a housing, a container seat disposed proximate an upper portion of the housing, and a container defining a processing chamber. The container has a base that matingly engages the container seat. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160255989

Coffee press with integrated scale

A coffee press apparatus includes an outer container having a cavity with upper and lower portions. A handle assembly extends outwardly from on the outer container and includes a user interface. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/08/16 / #20160255982

Modular food processing and preparation device

A food processing device includes a gear housing, a frame arm extending from the gear housing on a first lateral side thereof, and a drive screw operably coupled on respective ends thereof with the gear housing and a support end. The device further includes a retention hub operably coupled with the gear housing and extending generally parallel with and adjacent a portion of drive screw and an input hub extending from the gear housing opposite the drive screw and the retention hub and operably engaged with both the drive screw and the retention hub to drive synchronized rotational movement thereof with respect to the gear housing. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/01/16 / #20160255682

Method for assembling an induction heating device

A method for assembling an induction heating device includes the steps of interposing at least one ferrite bar between a coil assembly and a support plate, and snap engaging a central polymeric fastening element on the support plate. At least one end of the ferrite bar is inserted in a radial seat of the central polymeric fastening element. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/01/16 / #20160252295

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

09/01/16 / #20160252292

Handle assembly for a refrigerator

A handle assembly for mounting to a door of a refrigerator includes a main body member having first and second end portions separated by an intermediate portion. Each of the first and second end portions includes a cavity adapted to receive an end insert formed of soft material. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/01/16 / #20160252255

Oven

An oven for cooking food includes a muffle (2), a groove (20) fashioned in a wall of the muffle (2), and a tab (4) which contributes to supporting an electric heating element (3) for cooking. In an operational configuration, the tab (4) is inserted into said groove (20), along which it is free to slide so as to compensate for any thermal expansions.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/25/16 / #20160244907

Air flow pressure compensator system for clothes dryers

An air flow pressure compensator system maintains substantially constants air flow within a clothes dryer system and adjusts the speed of one or more exhaust fans by monitoring one or more sensors/transmitters positioned in one or more exhaust ducts and/or one or more incoming air ducts. The system includes a compensator controller; a variable frequency drive electrically coupled to the compensator controller; and an anemometer and/or a differential pressure sensor/transmitter electrically coupled to the compensator controller that allow for real-time monitoring and system adjusting, which improve clothing drying time and dryer efficiency.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/25/16 / #20160244341

Water filters for gravity-fed water filter pitchers

A gravity driven water filter having: a housing with at least one upwardly extending sidewall that extend upwardly from a bottom of the housing and define an interior volume of the housing; a filter media retention screen covering treated water outlets on a bottom of the housing; and a lid closing a top of the housing and enclosing the interior volume of the housing where the lid includes a plurality of water inlet holes, an upwardly extending vent stack, and finger actuated tabular members radially extending from the vent stack and engaged with the vent stack and a top surface of the lid to permit a rotational force to be applied to the housing.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/25/16 / #20160244337

Customizable multi-stage water treatment system

A customizable multi-stage fluid treatment assembly typically includes a connector, a plurality of cartridges, and a cap. The plurality of cartridges have a treatment medium spaced within an interior volume of the individual cartridges, between the ends thereof. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/18/16 / #20160242242

Microwave heating apparatus

An apparatus and a method for heating a load using microwaves is disclosed. The apparatus includes a transmission line, configured to transmit microwaves from a microwave generator to a cavity. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/18/16 / #20160242241

Versatile microwave heating apparatus

A microwave heating apparatus for heating a load by means of microwaves is provided. The microwave heating apparatus comprises a cavity arranged to receive a piece of food to be heated, a first microwave supply system configured to supply microwaves at the cavity bottom for energizing a browning function in the cavity, a second microwave supply system configured to supply microwaves into the cavity for exciting cavity modes and a control unit configured to control the first and second microwave supply systems based on a food category and/or a cooking program. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/18/16 / #20160237612

Laundry treating appliance with bulk dispenser and treating chemistry cartridge therefor

A laundry treating appliance, such as a washing machine, either vertical or horizontal axis, can have a bulk dispenser assembly capable of dispensing multiple doses of treating chemistry from a bulk supply of treating chemistry. The bulk supply may be a solid block of treating chemistry held within a removable cartridge. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/18/16 / #20160237611

Household cleaning appliance with a dispensing system operable between a single use dispensing system and a bulk dispensing system

In a household cleaning appliance configured to execute a cleaning cycle on an article, having a non-bulk dispensing system that stores a single dose of treating chemistry that the dispensing system dispenses to the treating chamber in total as part of the execution of the cleaning cycle, the method includes adding bulk dispensing functionality to the non-bulk dispensing system for operating the dispensing system as a bulk dispensing system.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/18/16 / #20160236276

Process for obtaining tight components by powder metallurgy

The process: includes mixing a metallic powder including iron or nickel or copper or mixtures of two or three elements thereof where the sum thereof defines at least 55% in mass of the metal matrix of the component to be produced, and a molybdenum disulfide powder as a densification agent and as a solid lubricant with a content from 3 to 30% in volume; filling a mold with the mixture and obtaining a compact presenting from 5 to 25% in volume of primary pores; and subjecting the compact to a temperature and time sufficient to allow the reaction of the molybdenum disulfide with the matrix, forming iron sulfide, nickel sulfide or copper sulfide, and the diffusion of the molybdenum in the matrix; and subjecting the compact to temperature sufficient to transform the sulfide into a liquid phase, filling the primary pores before finishing the sintering step of the compact.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/18/16 / #20160235250

Immersion blender

A mixing appliance assembly includes a housing, which includes a motor and shaft operably coupled with the motor and extending outwardly from the housing. A top handle is operably coupled with a top end of the housing and includes a pulse button and a continuous run switch. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/11/16 / #20160233678

Apparatus and method for controlling the energy usage of an appliance

A system and method for controlling an appliance with respect to the appliance's energy usage, in which a signal relating to the energy used by the appliance is received, and a determination of whether to continue or interrupt a cycle of operation being conducted by the appliance is made based at least on part upon the receipt of the signal.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/11/16 / #20160231047

Apparatus, system, and method for storage in a refrigerated appliance

An apparatus, system, and method for storage in a refrigerated appliance. One aspect includes glides or slides underneath and within the bottom perimeter dimensions of any bin or bin carrier relative to its supporting structure in the refrigerated appliance. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/11/16 / #20160231001

Gas oven with electric and gas heating elements

An oven has a cooking cavity and a gas heating element provided at a lower portion of the cooking cavity and a low power electric heating element provided at an upper portion of the cooking cavity. Thermal radiation provided to the upper portion by the electric heating element combined with reflected thermal radiation provided from the gas heating element is enough to broil a food item in a predetermined broiling cycle of the oven.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/11/16 / #20160230919

Multi-faceted appliance height-adjustment mechanism

An appliance height-adjustment mechanism includes a support block having a plurality of supporting faces, a plurality of height-adjustment surfaces defined by at least a portion of the supporting faces of the support block, each height-adjustment surface being further defined by a lateral spacing flange extending perpendicularly from each height-adjustment surface and a plurality of support surfaces defined by at least a portion of the plurality of supporting faces, wherein each support surface corresponds to a cooperating height-adjustment surface of the plurality of height-adjustment surfaces, wherein the support block includes a plurality of support positions, and wherein each of the plurality of support positions is defined by one of the support surfaces being a respective base of the support block and the corresponding height-adjustment surface defining a dedicated appliance height above the respective base.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/11/16 / #20160230329

Washing machine with heat pump system

A washing machine comprises a drum and a heat pump system for heating water to be fed to the drum in a washing program. The heat pump system has an evaporator in heat exchange relationship with a room air flow and a condenser in heat exchange relationship with water to be heated, an air deflector being configured to divert said room air flow downstream the evaporator away from the condenser in a water heating configuration and to convey said air towards the condenser in a room air dehumidifying configuration of the washing machine.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/11/16 / #20160230327

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

08/11/16 / #20160229676

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

08/11/16 / #20160227955

Vacuum coffee maker with magnetic coupling system

A vacuum-type coffee maker includes an upper brewing unit and a lower carafe. The upper brewing unit includes a vessel and a collar disposed around a lower portion of the vessel. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/04/16 / #20160223241

Layering of low thermal conductive material on metal tray

An ice maker having a housing defining an interior volume, with an ice tray rotatably coupled with the housing and horizontally suspended across the interior volume thereof. The ice tray has ice wells, defined along the bottom by a bottom surface and the sides by an interior surface of at least one containment wall, wherein the containment wall has an upper portion, including a top surface of the containment wall and the interior surface adjacent the top surface. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/04/16 / #20160222577

Laundry treating appliance with bulky item detection

A laundry treating appliance and method for controlling the operation of a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation by determining the presence of a bulky laundry item based on image data of the laundry within the treating chamber.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/04/16 / #20160222575

Method for dispensing an enzyme in a laundry treating appliance

A method for treating laundry in a laundry treating appliance including the application of a lipase solution to the laundry during a cycle of operation.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/04/16 / #20160222571

Laundry treating appliance suspension system

A suspension system for a laundry treating appliance has a cabinet and a tub with a rod coupled to the cabinet and a shock absorber coupled between the rod and the tub. A socket interface on the rod reduces side loading forces on the shock absorber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/04/16 / #20160222567

Coupling system of removable compartment for applicances

The present invention relates to a coupling system intended more specifically to the fitting and attaching of additional and removable internal baskets defining isolated washing rooms in clothes washing machines. Such a system is intended more particularly to clothes washing machines (1) comprising a cabinet (2) within which it is located a fixed tank (3) with which cooperate a washing basket (4), a balancing device (5), a removable washing compartment (6) and an stirrer element (7), characterized by the fact that the balancing device (5) comprises at least one surface comprising a plurality of coupling members (51) and the removable washing compartment (6) cooperates with the balancing device (5), wherein said removable washing compartment (6) comprises at least one surface comprising a plurality of coupling elements (61) cooperating with the elements coupling (51) of the balancing device (5).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/28/16 / #20160218884

Methods and apparatus for communicatively coupling internal components within appliances, and appliances with external components and accessories

Example methods and apparatus for communicatively coupling internal components and accessories appliances, and appliances with external components and accessories are disclosed herein. A disclosed example method of operating a domestic appliance having at least one of an internal communications network and/or an external communications network among at least two components includes identifying the components, communicating the capabilities of each identified component, communicating the status of each identified component, providing a command interface for operating the components, facilitating communication between the components, and operating the appliance using the command interface and the facilitated communication.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/28/16 / #20160215440

Clothes refreshing appliance

A system for treating a fabric load, the system comprising a chamber defining a treating chamber for treating the fabric load, at least one opening into the chamber for enabling user access to the interior of the chamber, a closure adapted to selectively close the opening into the chamber, a fluid delivery system in fluid communication with the treating chamber, a fluid removal system in fluid communication with the treating chamber, and at least one sleeve holder.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/28/16 / #20160215438

Intelligent dispensing in a laundry appliance

A clothes dryer having a drum having an inner surface at least partially defining a treating chamber in combination with a dispensing system that sprays a fabric-condition substance onto an inner surface of the drum for subsequent distribution to the fabric articles. The dispensing system may have a variable delivery system to vary the distribution pattern of the fabric-condition substance into the treating chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/28/16 / #20160215434

Household cleaning appliance with a dispensing system operable between a single use dispensing system and a bulk dispensing system

A household cleaning appliance having a rotatable drum located within the interior and defining a treating chamber for receiving an article for treating and wherein a rotational axis of the drum is vertical and a method for operating the household cleaning appliance. The household cleaning appliance includes a dispensing system that includes and can be operated as a non-bulk dispensing system or as a bulk dispensing system in a household cleaning appliance.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/28/16 / #20160215428

Laundry appliance

A laundry machine configured to supply a first amount of water to the wash tub wherein a wash plate can be oscillated such that clothes items directly above and in contact with the impeller are frictionally dragged in a oscillatory manner with the wash chamber while continuing to oscillate said wash plate, an additional supply of water is added to said wash tub such that as cloth items lost frictional engagement with the wash plate, the cloth items continue to move along an inverse toroidal rollover path at higher water levels.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/28/16 / #20160213220

Soil chopping system for a dishwasher

A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid spraying system supplying a spray of liquid to the treating chamber, a liquid recirculation system defining a recirculation flow path, and a liquid filtering system having a rotating filter. A chopping system is included to macerate foreign objects within the recirculation flow path and includes a blade mounted to the rotating filter.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/28/16 / #20160213219

Hydraulically-driven dishwasher diverters

Hydraulically-driven dishwasher diverters are disclosed herein. An example hydraulically-driven dishwasher diverter includes a diverter housing having a plurality of wash zone openings defined therethrough corresponding to respective wash zones of a dishwasher, and a rotating cylindrical diverter valve including a valve outlet to fluidly couple a fluid flowing through the cylindrical diverter valve through one of the wash zone openings, a flexible portion adjacent the valve outlet to seal another one of the wash zone openings in response to fluid pressure in the cylindrical diverter valve while the valve outlet is fluidly flowing the fluid through the one of the wash zone openings. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/21/16 / #20160209106

Beverage dispensing system with machine vision

A refrigerator is provided which includes a cabinet. A first compartment and second compartment are disposed within the cabinet. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/21/16 / #20160209105

Refrigerator dispenser and method of illuminating the dispenser

A refrigerator dispenser includes a housing assembly having a fascia and a spout, the spout being located so that a dispensed substance passes through the spout when the dispenser is activated. The dispenser also includes a printed circuit board coupled to the housing assembly and a plurality of light sources coupled to the printed circuit board. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/21/16 / #20160208788

Constructive arrangement introduced in acoustic filter of hermetic compressor

The present utility model application refers to a new constructive arrangement introduced in acoustic filter of hermetic compressor, and more particularly, a new constructive arrangement that optimizes the suction flow of the acoustic filter, which is normally arranged within the hermetic housing of the hermetic compressor. The suction acoustic filter (1) is composed by at least one outlet pipe (2), outlet pipe (2) comprising at least two independent suction outlets (21). ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/21/16 / #20160207845

Composting device

A device for transforming refuse into compost according to a cycle of operation has a cabinet, a first chamber, a first reducing mechanism in the hopper, a transfer mechanism disposed in a conduit from the first chamber to an outlet, a motor beneath the first chamber and the transfer mechanism, a container beneath the outlet to receive ground refuse from the outlet, wherein the container is accessible from outside the cabinet, and a cleaning mechanism operative to clean the first chamber.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/21/16 / #20160205973

Method for detecting the status of popcorn in a microwave

A method of popping popcorn in a microwave 10 having a cooking chamber 12, an energy source 14 which provides energy 42 to the cooking chamber 12, a humidity sensor 60, and a microphone sensor 16, includes the steps of placing a plurality of popcorn kernels 40 in the cooking chamber 12. The energy source 14 is operated during a popcorn popping cycle. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/14/16 / #20160201975

A refrigerating appliance with a passage for a flexible tubular element between cabinet and door

A refrigerating appliance comprises a cabinet, at least one door, and at least one hinge allowing the door to rotate about an axis for opening and closing, and further comprising at least one bracket configured to support the hinge, and at least one flexible tubular element inserted on one side in the cabinet and on the other side in the door. The flexible tubular element is configured to exit through a top wall of the cabinet, and is further configured to enter a cavity of the door by passing through a slot formed in the top wall of the door. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/14/16 / #20160201972

Air circulation system

The present invention refers to an air circulation system, particularly intended to be applied in household appliances of refrigerator type, comprising the innovative technical and functional features, which are capable of improving air flow circulation inside these apparatuses as well as optimizing the space occupied by the fan. More preferably, the present invention refers to an air flow circulation system comprising a refrigerating equipment (r) containing at least one air passage channel (a), within which there is a radial fan (1) disposed in a inclined form at an angle (a) so as to divide said air passage channel (a) in a suction duct (2) and sprinkling duct (3).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/14/16 / #20160201877

Console assembly with integrated light reflector cups

A console assembly for an appliance has a console shell having a front surface with integrated light reflector cups, and a printed circuit board (pcb) mounted to the console shell and having light emitting diodes (leds) emitting light into at least some of the integrated light reflector cups.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/14/16 / #20160201243

Detection system of washing machines removable basket and method for detection of washing machines removable basket

The present invention relates to a system for detecting washing machines removable basket, which comprises at least one washing basket (1) attached to the washing machine, at least one washing basket (2) removable from the washing machine and at least one structural component (3) attached to the washing machine. The system itself consists of at least one sensor (4) and at least one component (5) able to cause excitation in the sensor (4), wherein the sensor (4) can be physically associated to the structural component (3) attached to the washing machine and the component (5) can be physically associated with the washing basket (2) removable from the washing machine. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/07/16 / #20160195323

Ice maker

A stand alone ice making appliance or an ice maker within an appliance is provided where the ice maker includes a fluid inlet, a filtration element in fluid communication with the fluid inlet, a control housing configured to engage the filtration element, and a filter cover disposed adjacent the control housing and configured to support the filtration element, wherein the filter cover comprises a plurality of fluid draining slots.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/07/16 / #20160195080

Hermetic reciprocating compressor for mobile application provided with a movement limiting assembly

The present invention refers to a hermetic reciprocating compressor for mobile application provided with a movement limiting assembly of its compression unit in relation to its hermetic housing, comprising technical and functional characteristics capable of optimizing the limitation of the movement of the compression unit in relation to the hermetic housing of a hermetic reciprocating compressor, reducing at the same time the level and intensity of vibrations and noises arising from this movement limitation. Said hermetic reciprocating compressor for mobile application provided with a movement limiting assembly comprises, besides conventional elements and components, an upper end stop (4) attached to the inside upper portion of the hermetic housing (2), a housing body (5) attached to the compression unit (1) and comprising at least one housing cavity (51), and a damping structure (6) housed inside the housing cavity (51) of the housing body (5) comprising at least a surrounding wall (61) and at least a bottom plate (62).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/07/16 / #20160195079

Suspension for hermetic reciprocating compressor for mobile applications and method of assembly of the suspension for hermetic reciprocating compressor for mobile application

The present invention relates to a suspension disposed between a compression unit and the hermetic housing of hermetic reciprocating compressors for mobile application, such as, for example, application in automotive vehicles and similar, and to the method of assembly of the components that constitute the referred suspension. According to the present invention, it is disclosed a suspension for hermetic reciprocating compressor for mobile application capable of reducing the effects of an eventual and involuntary sudden movement of the compression unit and also of minimizing the transfer of vibrations and noises deriving from the environment outside the hermetic housing to the compression unit.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/16/16 / #20160174035

Appliances that trigger applications on consumer devices based on user proximity to appliance

Example appliances that trigger applications on consumer devices based on user proximity to appliance background are disclosed. A disclosed example system includes an appliance to detect a proximity of a user to the appliance, a remote server to receive a result of the proximity detection from the appliance, and to send an application trigger based on the result, and a user device associated with the user to activate an application on the user device in response to the application trigger received from the remote server.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/16/16 / #20160169532

Interior mounted cooktop bracket for concealed and surface mounted installation

An inside-mount countertop-range support for a flush-mount countertop range includes a counter bracket configured to be engaged to an inner edge of an opening defined within a countertop with a top surface. A base flange extends from the counter bracket and into the opening. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/09/16 / #20160161128

Oven door lighting

Lighting for an oven door includes a light source and a design that is selectively illuminated by the light source. The light source is located in the oven door, and the design is etched in an oven door window.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/09/16 / #20160160432

Laundry treating appliance with imaging control

A laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum defining a laundry treating chamber, where the laundry in the laundry treating chamber may be imaged and a condition of the laundry determined based on the imaging of the laundry. A notification can be provided to a user based on the determined motion condition.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/09/16 / #20160160421

Laundry treating appliance with a dynamic balancer

A dynamic balancer device for mounting to and balancing a rotatable drum in a laundry treating appliance. The dynamic balancer device comprises an enclosed annular housing having a radial circumferential wall, a plurality of internal baffles in the enclosed annular housing and a fluid disposed in the annular race and movable therein.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/09/16 / #20160158719

Blender jar collars and interlocks

A blender collar assembly including a plunger moveable between a lower position where a blade assembly is prevented from coupling with a motor, and an upper position where the blade assembly is able to couple with the motor. The plunger includes an arm extending upward and having a u-shaped feature, and a protrusion associated with the u-shaped feature. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/02/16 / #20160153707

Refrigeration device with variable capacity compressor and cycle priming action through capacity control and associated methods

A refrigerator appliance (and associated method) that includes a condenser, evaporator and a multi-capacity compressor. The appliance also includes a pressure reducing device arranged within an evaporator-condenser refrigerant circuit, and a valve system for directing or restricting refrigerant flow through the device. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/02/16 / #20160153704

Multi-level drawer organization system for a refrigerating appliance

A multi-level drawer system includes a refrigerating appliance having a back wall and a plurality of sidewalls that define a freezer compartment having an interior volume. The freezer compartment includes a freezer drawer that is slidably operable within the freezer compartment between extended and retracted positions. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/02/16 / #20160153692

Secondary cooling path in refrigerator

A refrigerator includes a secondary cooling path for circulating liquid coolant through the refrigerator wherein the liquid coolant is cooled by the freezer compartment and wherein the liquid coolant cools the ice maker and the ice bin as the liquid coolant circulates through the secondary cooling path. A pump is positioned along the secondary cooling path for pumping the liquid coolant through the secondary cooling path. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/02/16 / #20160150941

Rotating filter for a dishwashing machine

A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a washing 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

05/26/16 / #20160146524

Vertical ice maker producing clear ice pieces

An ice making assembly and method utilizes a housing having an upper fluid chamber, a plurality of distinct, substantially vertical fluid channels, and at least one drain aperture in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir. Ice forming members extend from an ice forming evaporator into respective fluid channels. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/26/16 / #20160145790

Laundry treating appliance with laundry deflector

A laundry treating appliance may include a front panel with an opening, a door selectively opening and closing the front panel opening, a tub with an opening at least partially aligned with the front panel opening, and a bellows extending between the front panel and the tub at their respective openings. A deflector mounted to the tub extends towards the door and overlies at least a portion of the bellows.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/26/16 / #20160143507

Reduced vapor dry systems and methods for dishwashers

An example vent assembly for a dishwasher having a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, and an exhaust vent, includes a condenser having an outlet, and an inlet in fluid communication with the treating chamber, an ambient air cooling duct in thermal communication with the condenser, and having an outlet in fluid communication with the exhaust vent, a venturi having an inlet in communication with the outlet of the condenser, and an outlet in communication with the cooling duct, and a fan for flowing ambient air through the cooling duct, past the venturi, and out the exhaust vent.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/26/16 / #20160143504

Dishwasher drain assemblies having overmolded volutes

Dishwasher drain assemblies having overmolded volutes are disclosed. A disclosed example drain assembly for a dishwasher having a tub, a sump fluidly coupled to the tub, and a discharge outlet includes a drain pump having an impeller to pump fluid from the sump to the discharge outlet, and a resilient member overmolded onto at least a portion of the drain pump, the resilient member defining a volute for the drain pump.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/19/16 / #20160141078

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

05/19/16 / #20160138844

Rotational ice maker

An ice maker has an ice mold that includes a metallic piece and an insulated piece. A cooling source is thermally coupled to the metallic piece. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/19/16 / #20160138206

Laundry treating appliance with tub and basket having matched characteristics

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

05/19/16 / #20160137480

Select fill sensor system for refrigerator dispensers

A refrigerator includes a dispenser having a dispenser well, a control for regulating a product dispensing operation, and an optical sensing system includes a camera within the dispenser well in communication with a controller for controlling the filling of a container within the dispenser well based on image data. The image data can used to detect at least one of a presence of a container in the dispenser well, a height of liquid within the container, a height of ice within the container and a shape of the container within the dispenser well, as well as to adjust a dispensing rate of product.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/19/16 / #20160136593

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

05/12/16 / #20160134431

Client for an appliance network

A client having at least one memory location is provided for use with an appliance network. The client includes an arbitrary software component for performing a useful function, a software architecture or a software architecture driver configured to generate or enable transmission of messages, and means to communicate by message over a network. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/12/16 / #20160134087

Refrigerator module utilities enabled via connection

A connection system includes a feature module that supplies various functionalities, a portable countertop stand having an upright section that selectively receives the feature module and an umbilical connecting the portable stand to an external appliance to deliver utilities to the portable countertop stand. A utility port selectively delivers at least one utility to the feature module when engaged with the upright section. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/12/16 / #20160131419

Apparatus, method and system for managing and dispensing liquid enhancement components from a refrigerator

A refrigerator or liquid dispensing appliance adapted for receiving, storing, managing, processing and dispensing a liquid enhancement component for preparation of a finished beverage is disclosed. Delivery, processing and management of the liquid enhancement component includes loading a solid liquid enhancement component at a product interface, and managing the transfer of the liquid enhancement component through various systems of the invention including processing to provide a processed liquid enhancement component for discharging for preparing a finished beverage.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/12/16 / #20160131416

Liner shelf support structures for refrigerators and freezers

An example shelf support structure integral to a refrigerator or freezer liner includes a first feature defined in a liner and extending inward from the liner, the first feature having a first portion at a first height, and a second portion at a second height different from the first height; and a second feature defined in the liner and extending inward from the liner, the second feature spaced-apart from the first feature along a front to back direction and together with the first feature providing support for a shelf, the second feature having a third portion at a third height and a fourth portion at a fourth height different from the third height.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/12/16 / #20160131407

Modular bucket and door architecture to deliver three ice functions

An appliance including an ice manipulation reservoir capable of receiving ice having a base, wherein the base includes a first level and a second level, with the first level descending gradually to the second level. A first ice modification member is disposed inside the ice manipulation reservoir adjacent the first level of the base, and a second ice modification member is disposed inside the ice manipulation reservoir adjacent the second level of the base. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/12/16 / #20160129409

Thin-walled glass-lined blender jars

Thin-walled glass-lined blender jars are disclosed. An example thin-walled glass-lined blender jar includes a thin-walled glass liner, and a plastic structural shell around the glass liner providing structural support for the glass liner. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/12/16 / #20160128517

Food processing device with an externally operated adjustment mechanism

A food processor includes a base and a bowl with a removable lid. Food items are advanced into the bowl through a feed tube formed in the lid where they are cut by a cutting assembly driven by a motor. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/12/16 / #20160128516

High-speed blending blade for a food processing appliance

A high-speed blending blade for a food-processing appliance includes two opposing upwardly arcuate blades, wherein each of the upwardly arcuate blades defines a continuously-curved downward top surface, two opposing downwardly arcuate blades, wherein each of the downwardly arcuate blades defines a continuously-curved upward top surface, a central blade portion having a central top surface, wherein the top central surface is co-planar with a portion of each downward top surface and each upward top surface and a pair of opposing top blades extending at a predetermined angle from proximate the central top surface.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/05/16 / #20160124539

Integrated user interfaces having decorative, touch and lighting elements

Integrated user interfaces having decorative, touch and lighting elements are disclosed. An example integrated user interface includes a base formed of an opaque material defining a cavity, the cavity having a light output at the top of the cavity, a panel disposed on the top of the base, a touch sensitive pad disposed within the panel above the light output, a light source disposed on the bottom of the panel at least partially within the cavity, and a material containing phosphor substantially filling the cavity and encompassing at least a portion of the light source.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/05/16 / #20160123655

Universal fixing system for a range of modular refrigerator components

A modular component fixing system for an appliance including a refrigerating appliance having an inner liner defining a plurality of modular attachment slots, each having an upturned flange defining an angular recess. Each modular attachment slots includes a downwardly angled channel in communication with the angular recess. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/05/16 / #20160123602

Economical and versatile system for fixing a hob in a worktop

A cooking hob retention system includes a support element having a major surface and a pocket disposed therealong and defining a strip having a first opening and a second opening on vertically opposite sides thereof. The system also includes a fastening member including an engagement end and a free end resiliently compressible toward the engagement end about a central fold disposed therebetween. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/28/16 / #20160116756

Light collimators and methods for human machine interfaces

Light collimators and methods for human machine interfaces are disclosed. An example human machine interface includes a top surface having a decorative element to be illuminated, a light source, and a plurality of parallel light collimators that collimate visible light emitted by the light source and direct the collimated light toward the bottom side of the decorative element. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/28/16 / #20160116199

In door ice bin for an automatic ice maker

A refrigerator is provided that includes a cabinet defining an interior volume and at least one door for providing access to the interior volume. An automatic ice maker assembly is disposed within the interior volume and configured to harvest a plurality of ice cubes. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/28/16 / #20160116198

Method and apparatus for increasing rate of ice production in an automatic ice maker

A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining an interior volume and a door for accessing the interior volume. An ice maker is disposed within the interior volume harvesting ice. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/28/16 / #20160113476

Angled dishwasher sumps

A dishwasher for treating dishes includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, the tub having a bottom portion with a sump opening therein, a liquid spraying system supplying a spray of liquid to the treating chamber, and a liquid recirculation system recirculating the sprayed liquid from the treating chamber to the liquid spraying system to define a recirculation flow path. A sump is positioned in the sump opening of the bottom of the tub within the recirculation flow path, the sump having an outlet therein located adjacent the forward portion of the sump opening. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/07/16 / #20160097149

Methods and apparatus to detect treating chemistries in laundry appliances

An example laundry treating appliance includes a tub, a rotatable drum disposed in the tub and defining a treating chamber in which laundry is received for treatment according to a cycle of operation, a treating chemistry dispenser having an outlet and a cup having a siphon, configured to dispense a treating chemistry into at least one of the tub or the drum, a sensor, and a controller configured to at least: introduce a predetermined amount of liquid into the cup sufficient to activate the siphon if a predetermined amount of the treating chemistry is present in the cup; detect whether the siphon activates in response to the predetermined amount of liquid based on an output of the sensor; and modify cycle of operation based on whether the siphon activates in response to the predetermined amount of liquid.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/07/16 / #20160095497

Dishwasher utensil caddies

Dishwasher utensil caddies are disclosed. A disclosed example utensil caddy for a dishwasher having a tub and a door at least partially defining a treating chamber, and dish rack in the treating chamber, includes an attachment member configured to attach the utensil caddy to a side of the dish rack in a space between the dish rack and the tub or the door, and a slot oriented at an angle relative to the dish rack, and configured to receive a handle of a cooking utensil.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/07/16 / #20160095495

Dishwasher

A dishwasher for treating dishes according to at least one automatic cycle of operation comprises a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a chassis supporting the tub and defining a space below the tub a junction box located within the space. The junction box includes a base and a cover configured to receive an electrical connection for the dishwasher.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/07/16 / #20160095494

Dishwasher with controlled rotation of lower spray arm

A dishwasher for treating dishes according to at least one cycle of operation and methods for operating a dishwasher. The dishwasher may have a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a rotatable sprayer, a drive system operably coupled to the rotatable sprayer to effect movement of the rotatable sprayer, and a liquid recirculation system for recirculating sprayed liquid. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/07/16 / #20160095493

Dishwasher with integrated closure element having an antenna

A dishwasher with an integrated closure element, such as a pivoting door or sliding drawer front, having a metallic front panel extending from an upper edge to a lower edge of the closure element includes a user interface located on an upper face of the closure element such that when the closure element is in a closed position, the user interface faces upwardly and is inaccessible to a user. A radio system for the dishwasher includes an upwardly facing antenna located on the closure element adjacent the user interface.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/07/16 / #20160095469

Powered cooking accessory for an oven cavity

A powered cooking accessory for use in an oven includes a body receivable within an interior of the oven and a first electronic device received within a portion of the body. The accessory further includes a device coupling extending from the body and having a power coupling exposed thereon and electrically connected with the electronic device. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/31/16 / #20160091242

Convertible system for freezing and defrosting food products in electrical household appliance

The present invention relates to the technological field of electrical household appliance, and refers to a system comprising basically an compartment cooperating with a refrigerator appliance, but having external access and in which is possible defrost, keep cooled or freeze food products, totally unpublished before and versatile when compared to similar known on the prior art. Said system comprises also means for providing information about the total estimate time of defrosting, remaining processing time for finishing the process or about the process end, said means comprising at least one user interface cooperating with at least one controller board and at least one electronic device cooperating with the at least one user interface.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/24/16 / #20160086747

Refrigerators, methods and apparatus to pass electrical signals through refrigerator liners

An apparatus to pass an electrical signal within a refrigerator having a liner partially defining an interior compartment and having an opening, and a moveable member, includes first and second members not passable through the opening when the apparatus is at a first rotational orientation, at least one of the first and second members passable through the opening when the apparatus is at a second rotational orientation, a planar third member between the first and second members fitting in the opening at the first rotational orientation, an electrically conductive contact to conduct the electrical signal to the moveable member when the moveable member is at a predetermined position relative to the apparatus, and a electrical conductor electrically coupled to the contact and passing through the apparatus to conduct the electrical signal from the exterior of the liner to the contact.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/24/16 / #20160084570

Ice compartment assembly for refrigerator

An insulated icemaking compartment is provided in the fresh food compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator. The icemaking compartment may be integrally formed with the liner of the fresh food compartment, or alternatively, may be modular for installation anywhere in the fresh food compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/24/16 / #20160084562

Refrigerator ice compartment latch and cover

An insulated icemaking compartment is provided in the fresh food compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator. The icemaking compartment may be integrally fowled with the liner of the fresh food compartment, or alternatively, may be modular for installation anywhere in the fresh food compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/24/16 / #20160084558

Thermoelectric ice maker

An ice maker has a mold with a first piece and a second piece. A cavity within the mold includes a first reservoir in the first piece and a second reservoir in the second piece that align to substantially enclose the cavity. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/24/16 / #20160084557

Refrigerator with temperature control

An insulated icemaking compartment is provided in the fresh food compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator. The icemaking compartment may be integrally formed with the liner of the fresh food compartment, or alternatively, may be modular for installation anywhere in the fresh food compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/24/16 / #20160083888

Laundry treating appliance with a suspension assembly and a suspension assembly

A laundry treating appliance having a cabinet, a wash tub located within the cabinet and defining an interior, a wash basket mounted within the wash tub and defining a laundry treating chamber, and at least one suspension assembly operably coupled to a portion of the cabinet and a portion of the tub such that the tub is suspended from the cabinet and where the suspension assembly includes a suspension rod for attaching to a portion of the tub in a lower part of the cabinet.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/17/16 / #20160076803

Multi-part icemaker bail arms and icemakers

Example multi-part icemaker bail arms are disclosed. An example multi-art icemaker bail arm includes a first member having a first end rotationally attached to the icemaker, and a second member attached to an opposite end of the first member, the second member moveable relative to the first member in response to a lateral force applied to the second member. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/10/16 / #20160071443

Led console assembly with light reflector

A console assembly for an appliance has a light transmissive indicia assembly having at least one indicator and one operator control, a printed circuit assembly (pca) mounted to the indicia assembly with touch circuit and light emitting diodes (leds) mounted to both sides of the pca, and a light reflector disposed adjacent to the pca and the leds.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/10/16 / #20160069601

Ice maker

A stand alone ice making appliance or an ice maker within an appliance is provided including a water inlet, a water inlet valve disposed within the water inlet configured to allow water passage when in an open position and configured to prevent water passage when in a closed position, a reservoir in fluid communication with the water inlet, a water level sensor disposed in the reservoir, and a control unit in electrical communication with the water level sensor and the water inlet valve. The control unit is configured to calculate a fluid flow rate using the time between the water inlet valve opening and the water level sensor communicating when a first predetermined water level has been reached within the reservoir, and use the calculated flow rate to calculate a total water inlet valve open time to fill the reservoir to a second predetermined water level.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/10/16 / #20160066766

Dishwasher doors with multiple silverware baskets

Dishwasher doors with multiple silverware baskets are disclosed. A disclosed example dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber having an opening, a door movably mounted to the tub to selectively open and close the opening, and two or more silverware baskets mounted one above the other on an interior of the door.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/03/16 / #20160060803

Method and apparatus for controlling the liquid filling in a laundry treating appliance

Disclosed is a method of operating a horizontal axis laundry treating appliance to correct for an error in sensing an amount of supplied liquid caused by a determined change in the attitude of an associated wash tub.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/03/16 / #20160060801

Method of braking a rotating drum

A method of braking a rotating drum in a laundry treating apparatus having a rotating drum rotatably driven by a single-phase permanent split capacitor (psc) motor includes energizing a first winding of the psc motor to apply a first rotational force to the drum to effect a rotation of the drum in a first direction and energizing a second winding of the psc motor to apply a braking force.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/03/16 / #20160060800

Laundry treating appliance and method of control

A cycle of operation for a laundry treating appliance having a tub and a rotatable, perforated drum located within the tub and operably coupled with a motor for rotating the drum, the drum at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment according to a cycle of operation, the cycle of operation comprising an anti-stain setting phase and a pre-wash phase.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/03/16 / #20160059163

Electronic interface for water filter

A water filter includes a filter unit having a body portion adapted to be rotatingly received into a filter head assembly. An engagement protrusion extends from the body portion and is adapted for reception in a complementary receiver in the filter head assembly. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/18/16 / #20160047588

Low energy refrigerator heat source

A refrigerator is provided that includes a low energy refrigerator heat source. The refrigerator includes a heat source positioned at a source of latent heat. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/18/16 / #20160047153

Oven door opening magnetic hinge

A hinge for rotatably coupling an appliance door with an appliance body includes an input arm affixable with the body and a housing affixable within the door and coupled with the input arm so as to be rotatable through a range of motion between a closed position and an open position. The hinge further includes a spring engaged between the housing and the input arm and deformable to apply a balancing torque to the housing relative to the input arm and a first magnet coupled with one of the housing and the input arm and magnetically applying a closing torque between the housing relative and the input arm when the housing is within a predetermined range of the closed position.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/11/16 / #20160042901

Methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to regulate relay coil switching

Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to regulate relay coil switching are disclosed. A disclosed example method of regulating switching times of a relay having a pair of contacts to selectively and electrically couple an analog alternating current (ac) power source and a load includes forming a digital pulse train representative of an ac signal at the load, determining a first value corresponding to a representative pulse width of the digital pulse train, providing a first relay switching signal to the relay at a first time relative to a zero crossing of the ac signal, selecting a second time for providing a second relay switching signal to the relay based the first value and a second value representative of the width of a first pulse of the digital pulse train associated with the first relay switching signal at the first time, and providing the second relay switching signal to the relay at the second time.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/11/16 / #20160039652

Methods and apparatus to chill dispensed beverages in refrigerators

Example methods and apparatus to chill beverages in refrigerators at a faster rate than existing solutions, which use a tank in a refrigerating compartment for chilling, are disclosed. An example refrigerator includes a freezing compartment, a refrigerating compartment, a dispenser, a first tank in the freezing compartment fluidly coupled to a supply, and a second tank in the refrigerating compartment fluidly coupled to the first tank and to the dispenser. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/11/16 / #20160037996

Dishwasher system with a reuse tank

A method of operating a dishwasher having a wash tub and a reuse tank for storing liquid for subsequent reuse, wherein the condition of the water in the reuse tank may be monitored and/or acted upon to limit the likelihood of undesired effects associated with the growth of micro-organisms in the liquid.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/04/16 / #20160037589

Induction cooktop

The present disclosure relates to an induction cooktop. The induction cooktop comprises a ceramic cooking surface in connection with a housing. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/04/16 / #20160033195

Power supplies for lighted shelves in a refrigerator

Illustrative embodiments of systems and methods for powering lighted shelves in refrigerator appliances are disclosed. In one embodiment, a refrigerator appliance may comprise a cabinet having a temperature-controlled compartment defined therein, a shelf ladder disposed at least partially in the temperature-controlled compartment and providing a plurality of shelf mounting positions, the shelf ladder comprising an electrical bus including first, second, and third conductors, the second conductor configured to supply power at a first current level when electrically coupled to the first conductor, the third conductor configured to supply power at a second current level when electrically coupled to the first conductor, and a first adjustable shelf carrying a first lighting device, the first adjustable shelf being removably mountable in one of the plurality of shelf mounting positions such that the first lighting device is electrically coupled between the first conductor and the second conductor.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/04/16 / #20160033187

Ice cube manipulation via heat

An ice making device includes heating and cooling elements that control the formation of ice within a cavity. The ice making device may include one or more fluid inlets that supply liquid water to the cavity, and one or more fluid outlets that drain water from the cavity after formation of ice having a desired shape.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/28/16 / #20160028556

Network for communicating information related to a consumable to an appliance

An appliance network comprising a networked appliance and capable of communicating with a consumable such that information related to the consumable is communicated to the networked appliance.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/28/16 / #20160025390

Refrigerator with icemaker chilled by thermoelectric device cooled by fresh food compartment air

An icemaker is mounted remotely from a freezer compartment. The icemaker includes an ice mold. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/28/16 / #20160024704

Laundry treating appliance and method of operation

A laundry treating appliance for treating a laundry load according to at least one cycle of operation and a method of operating a laundry treating appliance to control the rotation of the drum to distribute the laundry load with an acceptable amount of imbalance such that the laundry treating appliance may be operated in an effective and efficient manner.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/28/16 / #20160023882

Beverage system ice maker and ice and water reservoir

A beverage dispensing apparatus including a storage tank. At least one ice body is formed proximate the top portion of the storage tank. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/28/16 / #20160022116

Dishwasher

A dishwasher includes a tub having an air outlet, an airflow conduit fluidly coupling the tub air outlet to ambient air, a blower assembly forcing air to flow from the tub and through the tub air outlet into the airflow conduit, a first reservoir associated with the airflow conduit and collecting liquid condensed from the air forced through the airflow conduit, the first reservoir fluidly coupled to the tub for draining the collected liquid into the tub, and a second reservoir associated with the airflow conduit downstream of the first reservoir and collecting liquid condensed from the air prior to the exhaustion of the air to the ambient air, wherein any liquid not collected by the first reservoir is collected by the second reservoir for evaporation.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/28/16 / #20160022115

Dishwasher with air system

A dishwasher may include a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, an airflow conduit, and a blower assembly fluidly coupled to the airflow conduit. The blower assembly may include a first impeller effecting a flow of ambient air to the treating chamber and a second impeller effecting a flow of mixed air from the treating chamber exhausting the mixed air from the treating chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/21/16 / #20160017871

Mounting arrangement for an oil pump in a refrigeration compressor

The refrigeration compressor includes a cylinder block carrying a crankshaft and a stator of an electric motor, whose rotor is mounted to the crankshaft. An oil pump including: a tubular sleeve affixed to the crankshaft or to the rotor with a pump body internal to the tubular sleeve and connected to the cylinder block. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/21/16 / #20160015243

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 dosed and the open positions in response to fluid pressure applied to the actuator by the fluid source. The dispenser is configured to be mounted at more than one location in the wash tub.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/21/16 / #20160015239

Dishwasher with filter assembly

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.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/07/16 / #20160003513

Synchronous temperature rate control for refrigeration with reduced energy consumption

Methods of operation for refrigerator appliance configurations 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

01/07/16 / #20160003233

Method for actuating valve and system for actuating valve for multi-suction alternative compressor

The present invention refers to a method for actuating semi-commanded valve that acts in synchronism with the compression cycles of an alternative compressor and to a system for actuating a multi-suction alternative compressor semi-commanded valve. Said method comprises at least a step of detecting at least one compression peak (1) in the course of at least one mechanical cycle (2) of the alternative compressor; and at least a step of switching the functional status of at least an alternative compressor semi-commanded valve (3) based on detecting at least one compression peak (1) in the course of at least one mechanical cycle (2) of the alternative compressor (5).. ... Whirlpool Corporation








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