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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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Regrigerator with glass shelves

A refrigerator includes a plurality of side walls defining an internalcompartment. Each side wall including supports. ... Whirlpool Corporation

High efficiency high power inner flame burner

A gas burner for a cooking appliance includes a body defining perimeter and having a plurality of first groups of respective pluralities of first outlets a plurality of second groups of respective pluralities of second outlets. Each of the first outlets respectively defines a first outlet area, and each of the second outlets defines respective reduced outlet areas that are less than the first outlet area. ... Whirlpool Corporation

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

The present invention relates to a washing machine having at least one washing basket defining a first treating chamber and at least one removable washing basket that is selectively receivable within the first treating chamber as well as at least one sensor and at least one component able to cause excitation in the sensor.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

Air conditioner with selective filtering for air purification

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

Agitator assembly with scrub brush for a fabric treating appliance

A fabric treating appliance having an agitator assembly comprising a base and a tower extending upwardly from the base and terminating in an upper portion with an opening. A centrifugally actuated dispensing cup located within the upper portion and fluidly coupled to the opening. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Filter with artificial boundary for a dishwashing machine

A liquid filtering system for a dishwasher, having a housing defining a filter chamber and configured to be fluidly coupled to a recirculation flow path of the dishwasher, a filter located within the filter chamber and having a first end axially spaced from a second end and defining a filter there between that has a first surface and a second surface, the filter being positioned within the recirculation flow path to filter soils from liquid flowing through the recirculation flow path as the liquid passes through the filter and a flow diverter to aid in cleaning the filter.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

Reciprocating compressor and process for mounting hermetically sealed housing of reciprocating compressor

The present invention belongs to the technological field of structural components of hermetically sealed compressors. Problem to be resolved: currently, reciprocating compressors include protective plates which, welded to the outer side of their hermetically sealed carcasses, have small functional dimensions, which ultimately limit the size of electrical or electronic circuits to be fixed on the said protective plates. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Reciprocating compressor valves arrangement

The present relation relates to the technological field of compressors. Problem to be solved: the current reciprocating compressors valves arrangements includes valves whose flexion area suffer from direct interference of the body disposed immediately over said valve. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Head fastening arrangement of cooling compressor

The present invention belongs to the technological field of the head fastening and its components to the block of a compressor, such as those used in cooling systems of household appliances. The head fastening arrangement of cooling compressor includes a head arranged by the cylinder of the cooling compressor and having a head lid; at least one supporting device also arranged by the cylinder; at least one element of union of the head lid to the supporting device, wherein the element of union is capable of transmitting force that presses the head lid and the supporting device against the cylinder.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Introduced in a system for connecting refrigerant fluid discharge tubes to cylinder caps of hermetic compressors, and corresponding process of performing thereof

The present invention belongs to the technological field of compressors for cooling systems and, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the connecting device a substantially cylindrical or tubular body provided, at one of its ends, with an outer perimetral projection and co-operative with a duct or channel of a cylinder cap, wherein, preferably, the device will be produced with steel, aluminum alloy, or other metal alloy with similar structural and thermal properties, mainly due to the stresses it may suffer during use and to be able to absorb the tolerance variations and to have a resilience capable of providing resistance at the time the connection undergoes mechanical stresses of performance—especially torsion.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

Acoustic filter for compressor

Reduction of noise produced by hermetic compressors. The acoustic filter includes an inlet duct, an outlet duct and a main chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

Pressure-driven metered mixing dispensing pumps and methods

A pressure-driven metered treating chemistry dispensing pump for a laundry treating appliance having a housing having first, second and third chambers, with the first and second chambers each in fluid communication with the third chamber; a fluid inlet fluidly coupling a first fluid to the first chamber; an outlet fluidly coupled to the third chamber; a piston disposed in the housing; wherein, when the piston moves in a first direction in response to the first fluid entering the first chamber via the fluid inlet, the second chamber decreases in volume thereby ejecting at least some of the second fluid from the second chamber into the third chamber, and when the piston moves in a second direction, different from the first direction, the first chamber decreases in volume thereby ejecting at least some of the first fluid from the first chamber into the third chamber to mix the at least some of the first fluid and the at least some of the second fluid to form a mixture in the third chamber, which can be emitted through the outlet.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

User interface for dishwashing cycle optimization

A method of operating a dishwashing machine including determining user satisfaction with a dishwashing cycle, adjusting at least one operational parameter of the dishwashing cycle based on the user satisfaction, and incorporating the adjusted operational parameter into a subsequent dishwashing cycle.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

Appliance for drying articles

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

12/07/17 / #20170350639

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

12/07/17 / #20170350634

Refrigerator with ice mold chilled by fluid exchange from thermoelectric device with cooling from fresh food compartment of freezer compartment

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

12/07/17 / #20170350065

Washing/drying machine with a spider-shaped device for cleaning an air filter

The invention relates to a washing/drying machine equipped with a filter cleaning device for removing filaments released by laundry items during the washing/drying cycle. For this purpose, the cleaning device comprises nozzles arranged in a spider-like pattern, which spray water onto the filtering wall, on the side thereof facing towards the drying tub.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170350061

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

A washing machine comprising a cabinet that defines an interior with an access opening. A tank located within the interior. ... Whirlpool Corporation

12/07/17 / #20170350058

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

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

12/07/17 / #20170349501

Composting device with sliding lid

The disclosure relates to a composting device including a housing defining an interior with an access opening providing access to the interior, a composter bin located within the interior and in communication with the access opening, and a user operated door slidably mounted to the housing and electrically powered to automatically slide along a sliding path between opened and closed position.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/30/17 / #20170342620

Laundry treating appliance laundry mover with liquid diverter

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

11/30/17 / #20170340185

Adapting dishwasher operation to external factors

A method of operating a dishwasher includes receiving a user-input signal indicative of a hidden operating mode, selecting the hidden operating mode of a dishwasher based on the user-input signal, accessing a plurality of pre-programmed dishwashing cycles associated with the selected hidden operating mode, and operating the dishwasher in accordance with one of the plurality of pre-programmed dishwashing cycles.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170338704

Process for the formation of a stack of superposed metallic laminations

Each lamination of the lamination stack comprises at least one assembly of coupling elements, said assembly comprising one insertion clamp, one receiving clamp and at least one receiving window, said coupling elements maintaining the same relative positioning from one another, the insertion clamp and the receiving clamp being defined by respective portions of the lamination axially projecting to the same side of the latter, each insertion clamp of a lamination being fitted, by interference, in the interior of a receiving clamp of an adjacent lamination, and each receiving clamp of a lamination being housed in the receiving window of at least one lamination of the stack.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170338703

Process for the formation of a stack of superposed metallic laminations

Each lamination of the lamination stack comprises at least one assembly of coupling elements, said assembly comprising one insertion clamp, one receiving clamp and at least one receiving window, said coupling elements maintaining the same relative positioning from one another, the insertion clamp and the receiving clamp being defined by respective portions of the lamination axially projecting to the same side of the latter, each insertion clamp of a lamination being fitted, by interference, in the interior of a receiving clamp of an adjacent lamination, and each receiving clamp of a lamination being housed in the receiving window of at least one lamination of the stack.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170336128

Apparatus, method, and system for filtering air to and from a refrigerated compartment of a refrigeration appliance

An apparatus, method, or system for filtered air in an interior compartment of a refrigerator. An opening in a wall of the interior liner of the refrigerator defines a channel framing a removable filter cover that tends to be at or near flush with that wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170336124

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

11/23/17 / #20170334800

Composting device with funnel assembly

The disclosure relates to a composting device including a housing defining an interior with an access opening providing access to the interior, a composter bin located within the interior and in communication with the access opening, and a funnel assembly integrated with the access opening.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170334799

Composting device with door and fascia

The disclosure relates to a composting device including a housing defining an interior with an access opening providing access to the interior, a composter bin located within the interior and in communication with the access opening, and a door mounted to the housing that includes a fascia.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/23/17 / #20170333817

Liquid pitcher including divided fluid filter for inlet and outlet filtering

A liquid (water) pitcher that includes a pitcher having a liquid receiving aperture configured to allow a liquid (water) to be delivered into an interior liquid storage volume defined by at least one upwardly extending wall extending upward from a base and a liquid (water) filter positioned within the pitcher that includes a filter housing and at least one gravity-driven fluid treatment medium within the filter housing where the filter housing has a plurality of fluid intake apertures and at least one treated fluid outlet configured to deliver treated fluid into an internal volume of a vessel wherein the at least one fluid filtering medium treats the liquid at a rate of at least about one liter per minute while removing at least chlorine odor and chlorine taste components from the liquid (water).. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170327989

Laundry treating appliance with drive attachment mechanism

A laundry treating appliance having a tub defining an interior, a basket located within the interior and rotatably mounted within the tub and having an upper and lower basket base portion, a balance ring mounted to the upper edge of the basket peripheral wall, a clothes mover rotatably mounted within the basket, a drive system comprising a motor operably coupled to the basket and the clothes mover and configured to selectively oscillate or rotate the basket or the clothes mover and a first and second drive shaft, and a drive attachment mechanism configured to couple the basket to the second drive shaft, with the drive attachment mechanism comprising a bushing assembly.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/16/17 / #20170325636

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

11/09/17 / #20170323743

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 including 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

11/09/17 / #20170321958

Appliance modular system for incorporating a pantry compartment within an appliance

A refrigerating appliance includes an interior volume divided by a medial wall into refrigerating and freezing compartments. A horizontal false mullion extends through one of the compartments, parallel with the medial wall to define a pantry compartment in thermal communication with at least one of the refrigerating and freezing compartments. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/09/17 / #20170321945

Clear ice maker with warm air flow

An ice-making apparatus for an appliance having a housing with an interior volume and an ice tray horizontally suspended in the interior volume. The ice tray has a cold plate with a top surface and a bottom surface and a containment wall surrounding an edge portion of the cold plate to retain water. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/09/17 / #20170321903

Vertically translating hinge mechanism for a built-in oven

A heating appliance includes an appliance cabinet having a plurality of sidewalls that defining a heating cavity. A door is operably connected to at least one of the sidewalls and operable between open and closed positions. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/09/17 / #20170321370

Laundry treating appliance with load surface area detection

The invention relates to a laundry treating appliance and method for controlling the operation of the laundry treating appliance by determining the surface area of the laundry based on image data of the laundry.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/09/17 / #20170321173

Fermentation cooling system

A fermentation system having a vessel defining a chamber for holding liquids and including a lower aperture. An insulating jacket is disposed around the vessel. ... Whirlpool Corporation

11/09/17 / #20170318965

Cosmetic door panel suspension and adjustment system for a built-in appliance

A cosmetic panel suspension system for an appliance includes an outer door panel having a perimetrical flange. A plurality of side adjusters is attached to the perimetrical flange. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/26/17 / #20170307283

Horizontal flipper mullion incorporated within a false mullion of an appliance

An appliance includes a cabinet having outer walls that define a portion of a contact surface. Operable panels are engaged with the cabinet and operate between closed and open positions. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/26/17 / #20170307276

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

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

10/26/17 / #20170306550

Laundry treating appliance with closure mounted dispenser

The disclosure relates to a washing machine including a cabinet defining a housing with internal components of a conventional automated clothes washer, a door mounted to the cabinet where it moves along a path of travel to selectively close an access opening to the cabinet, and a dispenser formed integrally with the rear face of the door. The dispenser includes a plurality of reservoirs. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/26/17 / #20170306549

Method for controlling a household washing machine

A method and appliance for controlling a household washing machine for washing laundry includes receiving, in a user interface, a user-selected steam sanitize cycle, displaying, on the user interface, a first indicator, and executing, by the controller, the sanitize cycle, and displaying a sanitized indicator, for example, on the user interface.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/26/17 / #20170305732

Low force actuation dispenser paddle for a dispenser assembly of an appliance

A dispensing mechanism for an appliance includes an operable paddle having a lower portion and an upper portion pivotally attached to a dispenser wall between outward and inward positions. An actuator has a switch positioned proximate a pivot defined by a first end of an actuator lever. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/26/17 / #20170303764

Dish treating appliance with window insert

A window insert for a door includes opposing outer and inner panes, a spacer disposed between and spacing the panes, a first seal forming a seal between the panes, a frame having an outer frame element and an inner frame element sandwiching the panes, and a waterproof welded joint extending about the periphery of the frame elements.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/26/17 / #20170303763

Rotating filter for a dishwasher and methods of cleaning a rotating filter

A pump and filter assembly including an impeller adapted to recirculate liquid, a housing defining an interior and exterior, a rotating filter having an upstream surface and a downstream surface, the filter located within the interior such that liquid being pumped through the pump and filter assembly passes through the filter from the upstream surface to the downstream surface to effect a filtering of the liquid, and a granular agent supply with granular agent cleaning the rotating filter by scouring the filter.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/12/17 / #20170292216

Laundry treating appliance with helical clutch

A laundry treating appliance comprises a rotatable basket with a spin tube, a rotatable clothes mover located within the rotatable basket, a motor having a drive shaft extending through the spin tube and operably coupled to the clothes mover, and a drive system selectively rotatably coupling the spin tube and the drive shaft and comprising a first threaded ring located about the spin tube, a second threaded ring threaded about the first threaded ring wherein at least one of the first threaded ring and the second threaded ring is axially movable relative to the other, and a gear assembly rotationally coupled to the drive shaft.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/12/17 / #20170290489

Dishwasher with condensing drying system

A dish treating appliance for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation can comprise a tub defining a treating chamber. The treating chamber can fluidly couple to condenser having an inlet, an outlet, and a condensing passage. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/12/17 / #20170290488

Household appliance and method of opening the same

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

10/05/17 / #20170288581

Method and circuit for controlling or starting a u-shape single phase synchronous permanent magnet motors

A method and circuit for controlling or starting a u-shape single phase synchronous permanent magnetic motor (u-spspm motor) having a rotor and a stator and coupled to a single phase alternating current (ac) power source through a switch, including estimating back electromotive force (back-emf) of the motor based on an observer model with inputs indicative of the measured signals, and triggering the switch to supply power to the motor based on the estimates of the back-emf.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/05/17 / #20170288322

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

10/05/17 / #20170284728

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

10/05/17 / #20170280965

Dishwasher with sprayer

A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and a sprayer for spraying liquid to the treating chamber. The sprayer may include a liquid passage and at least one outlet extending from an interior to an exterior of the sprayer and in fluid communication with the liquid passage. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/05/17 / #20170280964

Door assembly for a dishwasher

A dishwasher has a tub that defines a treating chamber with an access opening. A door assembly selectively permits access to the treating chamber and may carry electronics for the dishwasher. ... Whirlpool Corporation

10/05/17 / #20170280963

Dishwasher for treating dishes

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

10/05/17 / #20170280875

Weldless support beam for rack shelving

A shelving support member includes a unitary member of a bent sheet material and defining a support portion extending along an axis to a first end and a retention portion disposed at the first end of the support portion. The retention portion defines a base extending congruently with the support portion at least partially along the axis and to a first fold in the member. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/28/17 / #20170276138

Multi-outlet fluid flow system for an appliance incorporating a bi-directional motor

A drain pump for an appliance includes a single, self-starting, single-phase synchronous motor and a pump chamber having an inlet and first and second outlets. The first outlet is a drain outlet and the second outlet is a recirculation outlet. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/28/17 / #20170275806

Appliances with sudsing-reducing flushable detergent dispensers

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

09/28/17 / #20170275804

Apparatus and method for identifying treating chemistry in a laundry treating appliance dispensing assembly

A laundry treating appliance comprising a dispensing assembly which can identify laundry treating chemistry filled in a loading cup by way of a material sensor, and supplying said laundry treating chemistry to a proper corresponding bulk reservoir.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/28/17 / #20170275801

Laundry treating appliance with dynamic balancer

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

09/28/17 / #20170273537

Height adjuster mechanism for a dishwasher dish rack

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

09/28/17 / #20170273535

Dishwasher with tube wash system

A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber with an access opening, a sump fluidly coupled to the tub, and a liquid recirculation circuit fluidly coupling the sump to the treating chamber. The liquid recirculation circuit includes at least one rotating spray tube having a longitudinal body axis defining a rotational axis. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/21/17 / #20170270474

System with refrigerator and self-reporting container

A refrigerator is provided with a container for storing a substance and that has a sensing and reporting system configured to determine an attribute of the substance within the container. The sensing and reporting system includes a sensor configured to sense the attribute of the substance, a transmitter, and a processor in communication with the sensor and the transmitter.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/21/17 / #20170268147

Laundry treating appliance with tub having a flexible portion

A vertical axis laundry treating appliance including a chassis defining a chassis interior, a tub disposed within the chassis interior and defining a tub interior, and a perforated wash basket disposed for rotation within the tub interior, wherein the tub includes a lower tub portion, an upper tub portion, and a flexible intermediate portion.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/21/17 / #20170265707

Dishwasher with hydraulically powered wash system

A dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, a liquid supply conduit, and a rotatable sprayer that is rotatable about a rotation axis and has an inlet and multiple nozzles collectively forming an outlet. The dishwasher further includes a hydraulic drive fluidly coupling the liquid supply conduit to the rotatable sprayer. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/21/17 / #20170265684

Food processing device jar lock

A food processing machine having a base and a cylindrical jar lock extending upwardly from a top surface of the base. A jar assembly has a jar and a collar that extends downwardly from the jar. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170260974

Discharge acoustic filter, manufacturing process of discharge acoustic filter and hermetic compressor

The present invention lies in the field of mechanical engineering and describes a discharge acoustic filter. Specifically, the present invention includes a discharge acoustic filter, optionally made of polymeric material in which the connections between the discharge chambers are internally disposed, in order to reduce the surface area of the discharge acoustic filter, reducing heat exchange in relation to the hermetic volume, thus, increasing thermal efficiency and reducing the energy consumption of the system.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170260679

Laundry treating appliance with indexing tang clutch

A laundry treating appliance having a tub defining an interior, a basket located within the interior and rotatably mounted within the tub, a clothes mover rotatably mounted within the basket, a motor drivingly coupled to the clothes mover to selectively oscillate or rotate the clothes mover, and a loss motion device having a clutch configured to move among a set of indexed positions in response to rotation of the clothes mover, with the loss motion device being configured to rotationally couple the clothes mover and the basket after the clutch moves through the set of indexed positions.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170260111

Method and apparatus for operating a composter device

A method and apparatus for operating a composter device includes a compost container, a condensate reservoir, a first fluid pathway fluidly coupling the composting chamber and the condensate reservoir, and a fan moving air from the composting chamber to the condensate reservoir along the first fluid pathway to define a first airflow.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170260110

Composting device sliding lid with a seal assembly

The disclosure relates to a composting device including a housing defining an interior with an access opening providing access to the interior, a composter bin located within the interior and in communication with the access opening, and a cover slidably mounted to the housing and slidable along a sliding path between opened and closed conditions to selectively open and close the access opening. An angled seal assembly is provided on the cover and housing. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170259967

Container for fabric treatment composition

A container for a fabric treatment composition having: (a) a container floor extending to a floor boundary, a portion of the container floor being a collection zone, and a raised portion extending inwardly within the container, at least a portion of the collection zone being located on a longitudinal axis of the container and at least a portion of the raised portion intersecting the longitudinal axis and transverse axis of the container; (b) a peripheral wall extending from the container floor; (c) a peripheral flange extending from the peripheral wall; and (d) a needle piercable membrane sealed to the peripheral flange to define an interior volume, wherein the interior volume contains less than about 100 ml of a liquid fabric treatment composition.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170258292

Dishwasher with a multi-layer acoustic material in a condensing drying system

A dishwasher can comprise a tub to at least define a treating chamber. The treating chamber can have an access opening with a cover selectively permitting access to the treating chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170258291

Dishwasher with sound attenuation toe kick panel

A dishwasher can comprise a tub to define a treating chamber in which articles are treated according to a cycle of operation. The treating chamber can have an access opening with a cover selectively permitting access to the treating chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/14/17 / #20170258290

Methods of operating dishwasher with illuminable user interface

A method of operating a dish treating appliance includes a user interface disposed along the top edge of a door for selectively opening and closing access to a treating chamber. The user interface can be illuminated and operating the user interface can include operating a user input mode when the door is open and a status mode when the door is closed.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170257021

System for correction of harmonic content in electric power circuit, system for control of electric motors, and refrigeration compressor

The present invention relates to the fields of power electronics and electric motors, and describes a system for correcting harmonic content in power systems. The invention solves the space and weight problem, associated with the core of an inductor for correcting harmonic content, also providing performance advantages of electric motors, such as higher available voltage at maximum load and higher rotational speed at maximum load. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170256942

Appliance control unit with arranged control switches

An appliance for treating at least one item according to a cycle of operation and configured to receive power from a power source having an ac voltage line and a neutral line includes a treating chamber for receiving the item and a central control unit to control independent electrical loads associated with the cycle of operation. The central control unit includes a plurality of parallel controlled master switches in the ac voltage line and a plurality of parallel controlled slave switches in the neutral line. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170256932

Method and system for detecting miswiring of a power supply for a domestic appliance

A system for detecting miswiring in an ac power supply for an appliance may comprise a voltage sensor sensing the voltage of a first hot line of the power supply for powering light electrical loads, a phase sensor sensing the phase difference between the first and a second hot line powering heavy electrical loads therebetween, and a control module coupling to the phase and voltage sensors. The control module may identify a first fault condition indicating that the second hot line and a neutral line are reversed when the voltage of the first hot line exceeds a threshold, and may identify a second fault condition indicating that the first hot line and the neutral line are reversed when the phase signal is within a phase threshold measured from 0 degrees. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170254582

Refrigerator vibration isolating compressor mount

A mounting arrangement secures a refrigerator compressor to a support base member through a plurality of elastomeric mounts secured on pin elements with retainers. The mounts include head portions which extend through openings provided in an elongated plate fixed to the compressor. ... Whirlpool Corporation

09/07/17 / #20170254009

Controlled moisture removal in a laundry treating appliance

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

08/31/17 / #20170251530

Direct heating through patch antennas

The microwave heating apparatus (100) comprises a cavity (101) arranged to receive a load (102a, 102b), at least two patch antennas (103a, 103b) coupled to the at least one microwave generator (104), and a control unit (105). Each of the at least two patch antennas (103a, 103b) is configured to radiate microwaves into a predefined direct heating zone (108a, 108b) within the cavity proximate the respective patch antenna (103a, 103b). ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/31/17 / #20170248926

Home appliance and method of operating a home appliance

A home appliance for treating an article according to an automatic cycle of operation, includes a treating chamber having an open face, a door for closing the open face of the treating chamber, two or more sensors on a housing of the home appliance, an actuator operably coupled with the door to move the door from a closed position of the door to an opened position of the door, and a controller.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/31/17 / #20170248131

Acoustic attenuating device for compressors

Acoustic attenuating device for compressors which includes a hollow body having at least one input port, at least one output channel, at least one output port disposed in the at least one output channel, an intermediate body dividing the hollow body into two acoustic chambers, and a connection channel communicating the two acoustic chambers. Said connection channel includes two sub-channels, wherein one of the two sub-channels accommodates, at least partially, the output channel and the other one of the two sub-channels conforms fluid communication between the two acoustic chambers. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/31/17 / #20170245727

Dishwasher with rack corner spray system

A dishwasher includes a rack provided with interior and exterior corner nozzles to direct washing fluid onto interior and exterior surface portions of an object placed in a corner of the rack.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/24/17 / #20170241687

Refrigeration arrangement and methods for reducing charge migration losses

A method of operating a refrigeration appliance, comprising the steps: operating a compressor and a valve system to cause refrigerant to flow through a refrigerant circuit to chill an evaporator during a compressor on-cycle; operating the valve system to direct the refrigerant through a secondary pressure reducing device in response to the initiation of the compressor on-cycle for a duration that lasts until a nominal operation condition has been reached; operating the valve system during the compressor on-cycle to direct the refrigerant through a primary pressure reducing device in response to the nominal operation condition; and transferring thermal energy from the primary pressure reducing device to a suction line heat exchanger.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/24/17 / #20170241064

Laundry treating appliance and method of control

An apparatus and method for reducing displacement of a washing machine having a drum rotatable about an axis of rotation is disclosed. The washing machine comprises a chassis and a motor for rotation a drum. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/17/17 / #20170233940

Domestic clothes dryer and method for driving such dryers

A domestic clothes dryer comprises a rotating drum defining a drying chamber, an air inlet upstream the drum and at least a hollow lifter mounted in the drum, wherein said hollow lifter is in communication with the air inlet for distributing air inside the drum through a plurality of openings. The air inlet comprises a shaped air plenum chamber facing a lower portion of a rear perforated wall of the drum and capable of delivering air to said lifter and/or directly to the drum through said rear perforated wall.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/17/17 / #20170233936

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

08/17/17 / #20170233924

Laundry treating appliance and methods of operation

The laundry treating appliance can comprise a wash basket defining a washing chamber, having a clothes mover in the treating chamber to agitate the clothes during a cycle of operation for cleaning. The method can comprise supplying a wash liquid to the treating chamber and rotating the clothes mover within the treating chamber with an electric motor operating at a high duty cycle wash phase and a low duty cycle wash phase.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/17/17 / #20170233921

Laundry system

A laundry system includes a washing machine having a first wash chamber and a washing module below the first wash chamber. The washing module includes a drawer and a rotatably-mounted wash basket defining a second wash chamber with a low capacity relative to a capacity of the first wash chamber.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/17/17 / #20170233920

Laundry system

A laundry system includes a laundry appliance having a front-loading wash chamber in which a first clothes load can be washed and a module above the front-loading wash chamber. The module includes a rotatably mounted wash basket defining a top-loading wash chamber in which a second clothes load can be washed.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/17/17 / #20170231462

Ultra micron filter for a dishwasher

A dishwasher for 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

08/10/17 / #20170227046

Bearing arrangement for a reciprocating compressor

The arrangement of the present invention is applied to a compressor which comprises a bearing hub housing a crankshaft and presenting at least a first and a second bearing portion, spaced apart by a circumferential recess. The crankshaft presents at least a first and a second support portion, spaced apart by a circumferential recess, which is offset from the circumferential recess of the bearing hub. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/10/17 / #20170226683

Laundry treating appliance dispenser

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

08/10/17 / #20170226678

Laundry system

A laundry system includes first and second front-loading laundry appliances, a washing module above the first laundry appliance, and a non-tumble drying module above the second laundry appliance. The washing module includes a tub and a wash basket, and has a low capacity relative to a capacity of the first laundry appliance. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/03/17 / #20170219217

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

08/03/17 / #20170219146

Collet securing device for joining two fluid lines and providing lateral support at the connection of the two fluid lines

A fluid line support system includes a fluid line and a collet having an insertion end and a thickened portion having a biased end. A fluid valve has a valve aperture that receives the insertion end of the collet. ... Whirlpool Corporation

08/03/17 / #20170216955

Method for welding a case hardened component

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

07/27/17 / #20170211817

Domestic appliance including door mounted through articulated hinge mechanism

A domestic appliance, such as a double oven range, incorporates a door having a bottom end portion which, when shifted between closed and opened positions, both pivots and vertically shifts relative to a frame body of the appliance through at least a connecting rod, push rod and pivot arm of a hinge mechanism. Due to a combined pivoting and lifting action of the door, minimal to no clearance is required between the bottom end portion and adjacent structure.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170211220

Laundry treating appliance with tub and structural support

A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to an automatic cycle of operation and including a cabinet defining an interior, an imperforate tub located within the interior and having a peripheral wall with an upper portion and a bottom end closed by a base, and a structural support provided within the interior adjacent at least a portion of the imperforate tub.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/27/17 / #20170209018

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

07/20/17 / #20170207567

System, method and means for connecting and fixing an electronic control to an airtight compressor and an airtight compressor

A system, method and arrangement (100) for connecting and fixing an electronic control (50) to an airtight compressor (200) comprising a printed-circuit board (10), an outer housing (150) and an electronic control connector (30), the electronic control (50) and the electronic control connector (30) being arranged on the printed-circuit board (10), the electronic control connector (30) being electrically connected to the electronic control (50), the printed-circuit board (10) simultaneously establishing contact with the airtight compressor (200) by contact with the fence (201) of the airtight compressor (200), electric connection with the airtight compressor (200) by an electric connection between the electronic control connector (30) and an airtight compressor connector (210) and establishing grounding an electromagnetic interference filtering circuit (130) with the airtight compressor (200), the outer housing (150) encapsulating the printed-circuit board (10) and being fixed to the fence (201) of the airtight compressor (200).. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170207560

Electronic control connector, electronic control for driving a hermetic compressor and hermetic compressor

An electronic control connector (30) including at least an input orifice (32a), at least a fixing leg (33) and at least a terminal (34), the terminal (34) being inserted inside the input orifice (32a), the electronic control connector (30) being fixed to a printed circuit board (10) of an electronic control (50), by a fixing between the fixing leg (33) and a fixing orifice (16) disposed on the printed circuit board (10) of the electronic control (50), the fixing of the electronic control connector (30) to the printed circuit board (10) also establishing an electrical connection between the terminal (34) of the electronic control connector (30) and the tracks of the printed circuit board (10) of the electronic control (50).. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170204853

Oil pump assembly arrangement in cooling compressor

The present application relates to an oil pump assembly arrangement for cooling compressors. Such invention aims to provide said compressor with a better use of the inner space defined by the housing thereof, in order to allow its miniaturization. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170204753

Variable speed cooling compressor including lubricating oil pumping system

The present invention belongs to the technological field of cooling compressors and, particularly, constructive details of lubricating oil pumps of cooling compressors. Problem to be solved: the current state of the art does not describe any solution of oil pump and construction of rotating shaft capable of achieving the correct lubricating of the moving components that include the compression functional unit of cooling compressor, which operating speed can vary between 700 and 4500 rpm. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170203264

Improvement to a carbonation tower for beverage dispensing apparatus

A carbonation tower for containers of household appliances, more specifically for appliances for the automatic preparation of instant drinks, which has been developed to provide more optimized operation and use and efficient than those achieved with the known similar. Said carbonation tower including a substantially elongated body included of at least one pipe provided with at least two holes and said pipe secured to a base including at least a nozzle, said cooperating base further including a lid of a lower compartment; said lid further including at least one toroidal contoured rib cooperating with at least one lower nozzle of the container, and wherein the water and the carbon dioxide are sucked by the upper edge of the pipe and/or the holes and expelled in a path orthogonal to the suction axis through the at least one nozzle.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/20/17 / #20170202425

Ultra micron filter for a dishwasher

A dishwasher for 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

07/13/17 / #20170199629

Network and method for casting a user interface

A home network can comprise at least one appliance with an appliance interactive display and at least one mobile device with a mobile interactive display. An application on the mobile device or the appliance can be configured to enable a user to create a user interface on the appliance or mobile device interactive displays. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/13/17 / #20170198965

On-line energy consumption optimization adaptive to environmental condition

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

07/06/17 / #20170194852

System for harmonic content correction in power electric circuit, system for electric engine control, and cooling compressor

The present invention relates to the field of power electronics and electric engines, and describes a harmonic content correction system in power systems. The invention solves the space and weight problem associated with the core of a harmonic content correction inductor, also providing performance advantages of electric engines, such as higher available voltage at full load and higher rotational speed at full load. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170194828

Electric engine stator, electric engine, and electric engine stator coil insulation process

The present invention relates to a device for engine stator, an electric engine and a method isolation coil engine stator. Specifically, the present invention includes an electric conductor wire coil, wherein a set of blade plates is inserted, a first insulating plate and a second insulating plate are arranged in a first region and a second region of the coil, so that the insulating plates are intermediated by an insulating means formed of air wherein, in the device, the plates do not make physical contact. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170194827

Device for electrical engine stator and process of manufacturing coil blade plate

The present invention describes a device for electrical engine stator and a process of manufacturing a blade plate for coil. Specifically, the present invention includes a first set of blades including reduced sizes related to a second set of blades, where the second set of blades is associated to external portions of first set of blades, in a way to form an element, as a core for coils, with a central region of reduced size related to the edges. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170191736

Refrigerator with integrated hinge assembly and door closure mechanism

A refrigerator includes a door that is vertically adjustable via a height adjustable door hinge assembly. The door hinge assembly includes a bracket member having a mounting aperture with a hinge shaft extending upwardly from the bracket member as received in the mounting aperture. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170191725

Precision ice guide

A precision ice guide is described that reduces kinetic energy of ice cubes exiting an ice dispenser to reduce splash and noise. The ice guide includes at least a front guard that extends downwardly toward a drinking vessel to slow the descent of ice from the ice chute into the drinking vessel. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170191724

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

07/06/17 / #20170190081

Method of fabricating 3d vacuum insulated refrigerator structure having core material

A method of fabricating a vacuum insulated refrigerator structure includes positioning a first barrier film in a female mold cavity. Porous filler material is positioned on the barrier film, and a second barrier film is positioned over the porous filler material. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170188783

Rotating filter for a dishwasher and methods of cleaning a rotating filter

A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a washing chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation circuit, and a liquid filtering system where the liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter and where a granular agent contacts the rotating filter to clean the filter. Methods of cleaning a rotating filter provided within a liquid flow by scouring the filter with a granular agent.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

07/06/17 / #20170188743

Vessel for sous vide cooking on an induction cooktop with magnetic stirring and wireless temperature control

A sous vide cooking device includes an induction hob having a housing with a cooking surface. One or more heating elements are disposed within the housing adjacent the cooking surface. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170188436

Sensor system for refrigerator

An interactive appliance is provided. The interactive appliance includes at least a housing, and an intelligent control disposed within the housing. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170187378

Backlighting appliance deadfronted user interfaces

A capacitive touch switch is disclosed which includes a transparent insulating panel, a filtering layer having an opaque color, a transparent icon being defined in the filtering layer, a transparent substrate including a capacitive electrode, the transparent substrate being tinted to substantially match the opaque color of the filtering layer, and a light source configured to transmit light through the transparent substrate, the transparent icon, and the transparent insulating panel when energized. A user interface and a method of manufacturing a capacitive touch switch are also disclosed.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170187091

Appliance including an antenna using a portion of appliance as a ground plane

An appliance, such as an oven, includes a housing having an internal compartment and an rf antenna. At least a portion of the housing comprises an electrically conductive portion. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170185099

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

06/29/17 / #20170184341

Structural stanchion for a cabinet of an appliance

An appliance includes a cabinet having first and second sidewalls and an interior mullion extending therebetween, wherein the first and second sidewalls and the interior mullion define a plurality of interior compartments. First and second stanchions define vertical structural members of the first and second sidewalls, respectively. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170184340

Injection molded gas barrier parts for vacuum insulated structure

A method of fabricating a vacuum insulated refrigerator structure includes injection molding a first layer of a first polymer material. A second layer of a second polymer material is injection molded over at least a portion of the first layer, and a third layer of a third polymer material is injection molded over at least a portion of the second layer to form a first component. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170184339

Multi-layer gas barrier materials for vacuum insulated structure

A method of forming a vacuum insulated refrigerator cabinet structure includes providing a multi-layer sheet of material comprising at least one layer of barrier material that is disposed between first and second outer structural layers. The barrier material and the first and second outer layers comprise thermoplastic polymers. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170184337

Easy open drawer/door with a rotating handle

A refrigerator includes a refrigerator body having an interior storage space. A door is coupled to the refrigerator body to open and close the interior storage space. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170184334

Refrigeration appliance having side air intake vent with sound dampening

A refrigeration appliance includes an insulated cabinet having a side wall and a machine compartment positioned adjacent the side wall. An aperture is provided through the first side wall to allow air to flow into the machine compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170184313

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

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

06/29/17 / #20170184085

Radial bearing arrangement in a refrigeration compressor

The compressor includes a bearing hub, defining a radial bearing having a first and a second end portion and supporting a crankshaft having an eccentric end portion supporting the larger eye of a connecting rod coupled to the piston, for example, by a smaller eye mounted around a piston pin. The second end portion and, optionally, the first end portion of the bearing hub and the larger and smaller eyes of the connecting rod are internally provided with bushings. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170184084

Two-parts telescopic connecting rod for alternative compressors and method of assembling two-parts telescopic connecting rod in alternative compressors

The connecting rod includes a first portion of the connecting rod to be mounted on the eccentric pin of a crankshaft of the compressor and a second portion of the connecting rod to be articulated in a reciprocating piston within a cylinder. One of the first and second portions of the connecting rod includes a tubular stem portion that receives, telescopically and loosely, and retains, by radial inward deformation, a portion of the engagement stem of the other portion of the connecting rod, said stem portions being held together, in an axial and rotational alignment condition, before being attached by a fixation mean in a relative axial positioning, which results in a portion of the compression chamber and a respective portion of dead volume in the condition of upper dead point of the piston.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170183806

Detergent dispenser for a laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance includes a detergent dispenser with a door pivotably mounted relative to the detergent dispenser for movement between an open position where an opening in the detergent dispenser is exposed and a closed position where the opening in the detergent dispenser is covered. A damper provides controlled movement of the door between the closed and open positions.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170183804

Laundry appliances using search coils to identify motors and their rotors in order to self-tune control of the motor

A laundry appliance is provided, comprising a motor and a controller connected to the motor. The controller determines at least one characteristic of the motor, identifies the motor from a plurality of possible known motors based on the at least one characteristic, identifies the rotor from a plurality of possible known rotors based on the at least one characteristic, and configures at least one motor operation parameter based on the identity of the motor and/or rotor. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170182607

Multilayer barrier materials with pvd or plasma coating for vacuum insulated structure

A method of forming a vacuum insulated structure includes providing a multi-layer sheet of material comprising at least one layer of barrier material that is disposed between first and second outer layers. The barrier material and the first and second outer layers comprise thermoplastic polymers. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170181601

Dishwasher with a dispenser having a soft close

A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation includes a tub with an access opening, at least one dish rack within the treating chamber and accessible through the access opening, a closure element moveable between a closed and opened position to selectively close and open the access opening, and a treating chemistry dispenser. The treating chemistry dispenser includes a housing defining a treating chemistry reservoir with a dispensing opening, a lid slidably mounted to the housing for sliding movement along a travel path between a closed and opened position to selectively open and close the treating chemistry reservoir, and a biasing element operably coupled to the lid and biasing the lid from the closed to the opened position.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170181600

Dishwasher with multi-feed washing system

A dishwasher includes a shiftable rack provided with multiple, distinct washing fluid spray arms connected to a common, rack supported manifold. When the rack is shifted to a retracted position within a tub of the dishwasher, the manifold mates with a coupling of a fluid distribution system including a multi-tube feed arrangement configured to selectively distribute washing fluid from a pump assembly to the multiple spray arms.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170181574

Multi-function grilling device with rotationally operable upper heating plate

A grilling device includes a housing includes a fixed lower heating plate and a rotatable swing arm disposed at a primary pivot positioned proximate a rear end of the housing. An operable upper heating plate is coupled to the swing arm such that an intermediate portion of the swing arm rotationally engages a central portion of the upper heating plate at a secondary pivot to define an adjacent face-up position, a stacked face-up position and a face-down position. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/29/17 / #20170181573

Multi-function grilling device having a rotationally operable portion that includes an upper heating plate and an accessory heating plate

A grilling device includes a housing including a fixed lower heating plate and a rotatable swing arm disposed at a primary pivot positioned proximate a rear end of the housing. An operable upper heating plate is coupled to the swing arm such that an intermediate portion of the swing arm rotationally engages a central portion of the operable upper heating plate at a secondary pivot to define an adjacent face-up position, a stacked face-up position and a face-down position. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170180151

Appliance network with messaging

A home network comprises at least one appliance having an appliance interactive display and an appliance communication module, a server having a server communication module, and a mobile device having a mobile interactive display and a mobile communication module. The mobile device or server is configured to send a message having an embedded interactive element to the at least on appliance when the server communication module or the mobile communication module is in communication with the appliance communication module.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170176296

Appliance with diagnostics

An appliance can comprise a controller, a first memory, and a near field communication (nfc) tag having a second memory being coupled to the controller. The nfc tag is configured to dynamically set a web service address from an external server based upon a write command from a mobile device in communication with the nfc tag. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170176095

Window assembly for an appliance panel incorporating a glazing member having a conductive/resistive coating

A panel member for an appliance includes an outer wrapper and an inner liner that define a panel opening therethrough, a panel window disposed in the opening and having at least one glazing member that is disposed within a glazing frame, a conductive coating applied to at least one surface of the at least one glazing member and at least one electrical conductor disposed proximate a portion of the glazing frame, the electrical conductor in communication with the conductive coating.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170176094

Horizontal flipper mullion incorporated within a false mullion of an appliance

An appliance includes a cabinet having outer walls that define a portion of a contact surface. Operable panels are engaged with the cabinet and operate between closed and open positions. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170176092

Umbilical for pass through in vacuum insulated refrigerator structures

A method of routing utility lines in a vacuum insulated refrigerator structure includes forming a shell and an elongated umbilical comprising an elongated impervious sleeve and a core structure defining at least two elongated internal passageways extending lengthwise along the umbilical. The method includes sealingly connecting a first end of the sleeve to the shell at a first opening, and sealingly connecting a second end of the sleeve to the shell at a second opening. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170176090

Adhesively secured vacuum insulated panels for refrigerators

A method of making a cabinet for refrigerators and the like. The method includes forming a liner and a wrapper. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170176089

Ez refrigerator doors height adjustment

A refrigerator includes an insulated cabinet having an opening and a first hinge structure. The refrigerator includes a door including a second hinge structure that is movably connected to the first hinge structure. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170176088

Door/drawer panel adjustment mechanism for an appliance

A panel adjustment mechanism for an appliance includes an adjustment bracket having a first lateral adjustment mechanism extending from a first side of the adjustment bracket. A vertical adjustment mechanism extends from a second side of the adjustment bracket. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170176085

Vacuum insulated door construction

A method of fabricating a refrigerator cabinet or door includes forming a wrapper and an inner liner. The method further includes forming a vacuum insulated core comprising a permeable core material that is disposed inside an impermeable envelope. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170175423

Refrigerator door-in-door latch

A door-in-door refrigerator includes a door having an inner door and an outer door. When the inner and outer doors are in open positions, food items stored in a main refrigerated compartment are accessible. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170175320

Laundry treating appliance and method of operation

A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a drum, and an air conduit fluidly coupled to the drum, with a heat source associated with the air conduit, includes moving air through an air conduit to the drum; heating the moving air by operating the heat source; and introducing atomized liquid into the air conduit upstream of the heat source.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170175315

Laundry treating appliance with over-sudsing condition compensation measures

A method of automatically initiating a procedure to adjust dosing of laundry treating chemistry after satisfying a threshold of determined over-sudsing conditions in a laundry treating appliance during a cycle of operation. When an over-sudsing condition is detected, an over-sudsing counter is initialized, and the data is stored in the memory of a laundry treating appliance as an aggregate total. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170174579

Composting device

A method of determining the volume of organic material in a composting device includes rotating a mixing paddle in a composting bin that stores the organic material; monitoring the torque from a motor that rotates the mixing paddle as the mixing paddle rotates; and determining the height of the organic material in the composting bin based on the motor torque and the angular displacement of the mixing paddle. The resulting height can be used to determine the volume of the organic material.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170174493

Low force actuation dispenser paddle for a dispenser assembly of an appliance

A dispensing mechanism for an appliance includes an operable paddle having a lower portion and an upper portion pivotally attached to a dispenser wall between outward and inward positions. An actuator has a switch positioned proximate a pivot defined by a first end of an actuator lever. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170172375

Dish treating appliance with self-draining feedtube

A dish treating appliance has a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for holding dishes for treatment according to an automatic cycle of operation. An access opening provides access to the treating chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170172374

Dishwasher with controlled rotation of lower spray arm

An automatic dishwasher having first and second sprayers located within a washtub, a diverter valve to selectively divert liquid flowing from the wash chamber between the first and second sprayers, and a drive system moving the first sprayer in the wash chamber.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170172373

Dish treating appliance with diverter valve position sensing

A dish treating appliance for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation and including a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber receiving dishes for treatment according to the automatic cycle of operation, multiple sprayers emitting a liquid into the treating chamber, and a diverter valve having a manifold defining a plenum with an inlet and multiple outlets and a membrane movably mounted within the plenum and having at least one through opening, which is sequentially aligned with the multiple outlets upon movement of the membrane.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170172372

Dish treating appliance with leak detection

A dish treating appliance for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation and including a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, multiple sprayers emitting a liquid into the treating chamber, and a diverter valve having a rotatable valve body, which can be rotated to discrete rotational positions to selectively fluidly couple with the multiple sprayers. A rotary drive is located exteriorly of the tub and comprises a housing defining an interior with a liquid leak reservoir, a motor carried by the housing, an output shaft rotationally driven by the motor, extending through the housing and the tub, and operably coupled to the valve body, and a printed circuit board (pcb) located within the housing.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/22/17 / #20170172370

Dishwasher with a spray arm system having a bearing assembly

A spray arm assembly for a dishwasher having a spray arm having a spray arm inlet, a bearing assembly having a bearing body defining a through passage with a bearing inlet and a bearing outlet fluidly coupled to the spray arm inlet; and a liquid supply conduit having a supply outlet fluidly coupled to the bearing inlet.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170759

Observer based sensorless control for u-shape single phase synchronous permanent magnet motors

A method for controlling a u-shape single phase synchronous permanent magnetic motor having a rotor and a stator and coupled to a single phase alternating current (ac) power source through a switch includes estimating back-electromotive force and the position of the rotor based on a voltage feedback signal, a current feedback signal, and a phase feedback signal indicative of a zero-crossing of the single phase ac power source. Once the speed and position of the rotor are determined, a controller can trigger a switch to supply power to the motor.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170706

Multi-component rotor for an electric motor of an appliance

A motor for a laundry appliance includes a drive shaft coupled to a drum at a first end. The rotor frame is coupled proximate the second end of the drive shaft, where the rotor frame includes at least one polymeric material. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170170694

Multi-component rotor for an electric motor of an appliance

A motor for a laundry appliance includes a drive shaft coupled to a drum at a first end. The rotor frame is coupled proximate the second end of the drive shaft, where the rotor frame includes at least one polymeric material. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170168675

Touch screen display having an external physical element for association with screen icons

A touch screen user interface display for an appliance has a touch screen with a plurality of icons. Each icon represents information that may be selectively invoked by touching the icon on the touch screen, wherein the icon may be moved by maintaining a touch of the icon and dragging it across the touch screen. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170168603

Touch screen appliance display having a coupled physical element

A touch screen user interface display has a capacitive touch screen with at least one sensing field. A conductive physical element that is external to the capacitive touch screen and electrically coupled to the at least one sensing field of the capacitive touch screen is provided.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170168102

Method and apparatus for detecting an energized e-field

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

06/15/17 / #20170167782

Insulating material with renewable resource component

An insulated cabinet structure includes an inner liner having a plurality of walls defining a refrigerator compartment. An external wrapper includes a plurality of walls defining a refrigerator compartment receiving area. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170167781

Insulating material with renewable resource component

An insulated cabinet structure includes an inner liner having a plurality of walls defining a refrigerator compartment, and an external wrapper having a plurality of walls defining a refrigerator compartment receiving area. An insulation gap is formed between the walls of the inner liner and the walls of the external wrapper. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170167779

Hidden drawer glides for pantry drawers of a refrigerating appliance

A refrigerating appliance includes a cabinet structure having an inner liner defining an interior compartment. A drawer includes a panel member and a sliding structure that extends between the panel member and the cabinet structure. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170167774

Refrigerator with intermediate temperature icemaking compartment

An icemaking compartment is provided in the refrigerator compartment of a bottom mount refrigerator. An icemaker is within the icemaking compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170167163

Invisible handle locking system

A refrigerator door includes a handle that is secured to the door utilizing connectors at first and second ends of the handle. The connectors do not have exposed screws, thereby improving the appearance of the refrigerator door.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/15/17 / #20170167066

Modular laundry system

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

06/08/17 / #20170164430

Microwave oven with steam generating device

A steam generating device for use with a microwave oven includes a casing made of a material that is impenetrable to microwave energy. The casing is removably coupled to a sidewall of a cooking cavity of the microwave oven, such that the casing fully covers a microwave inlet configured to channel microwave energy to the cooking cavity. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170163438

Methods of remote control of appliances

A system and methods for remote control of one or more appliances are provided. An external computing device, such as a mobile device, may be registered and associated with an appliance to be remotely controlled and monitored. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170162346

Encoder controlled illumination

A knob assembly includes a repositionable knob having an outer surface and an inner surface defining an interior and a light-transmissive indicia provided on the knob and viewable from the outer surface, at least one light source located relative to the repositionable knob and emitting light to transmit light into the interior of the knob and backlight the light-transmissive indicia, a position sensor providing a position output indicative of the position of the repositionable knob, and a controller configured to receive the position output. The at least one light source may be controlled to provide light into the interior of the knob to illuminate the light-transmissive indicia so that it is viewable from the exterior of the knob.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170160001

Insulation structure for an appliance having a uniformly mixed multi-component insulation material, and a method for even distribution of material combinations therein

An insulation structure for an appliance includes a cabinet having an outer wrapper and an inner liner, with an insulating cavity defined therebetween. Insulating powder material is disposed substantially throughout the insulating cavity. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170160000

Traveling harness system

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

06/08/17 / #20170159999

Insulation structure for an appliance having a uniformly mixed multi-component insulation material, and a method for even distribution of material combinations therein

An insulation structure for an appliance includes a cabinet having an outer wrapper and an inner liner, with an insulating cavity defined therebetween. A plurality of hollow insulating organic/inorganic spheres is disposed within the insulating cavity, wherein a secondary insulating volume is defined between the plurality of hollow insulating organic/inorganic spheres and an interior surface of the cabinet. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170159998

Insulation compaction device and method for forming an insulated structure for an appliance

A method for forming an insulative member includes forming a wrapper for an insulating structure, the wrapper defining an insulating cavity. A predetermined amount of an insulating media is disposed into the insulating cavity, the insulating media having a pre-compaction density. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170159997

Method and apparatus for forming a vacuum insulated structure for an appliance having a pressing mechanism incorporated within an insulation delivery system

An insulation delivery apparatus for forming an insulated appliance structure includes an insulated structure having a wrapper and a liner that define an interior cavity and a hopper having a storage bin and a delivery mechanism. The delivery mechanism delivers an insulating medium from the storage bin, through an insulation conduit and into the interior cavity. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170159996

Vacuum insulation structures with a filler insulator

A method of forming a refrigerator cabinet is presented that includes the steps of providing an inner liner; providing an external wrapper, the wrapper defining at least one injection port and at least one vacuum port; positioning the internal liner within the external wrapper such that a gap is defined between the internal liner and the external wrapper; drawing a vacuum within the gap through the at least one vacuum port; and injecting a plurality of glass spheres into the gap through the at least one injection port.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170159995

Methods for dispensing and compacting insulation materials into a vacuum sealed structure

A method of forming an insulated structure for an appliance includes forming a structural enclosure having an outer wrapper and an inner liner and an insulating cavity defined therebetween, forming an insulating powder material, compacting the insulating powder material to form a pre-densified core material, disposing the pre-densified core material within an insulating cavity, wherein the insulating cavity is defined between the outer wrapper and the inner liner and expressing at least a portion of the gas contained within the insulating cavity, wherein the insulating cavity is hermetically sealed to define a vacuum insulated structure.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170159993

Foldable hinge for refrigerator door

A refrigerator is provided that includes a cabinet having a cabinet wrapper, a door coupled to the cabinet and operable between substantially open and closed positions, and a hinge assembly operatively coupled to the cabinet and to the door. The hinge assembly includes a hinge body defining a door portion and a cabinet portion, the door portion coupled to the door and the cabinet portion coupled to an external side of the cabinet wrapper. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170159231

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

06/08/17 / #20170159225

Laundry treating appliance with tub ring

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

06/08/17 / #20170159224

Method for treating laundry items

A method of inhibiting dye transfer between items of laundry in a laundry treating appliance comprising a treating chamber for receiving the laundry items for treatment according to a cycle of operation, the method comprising supplying liquid to the treating chamber to form a liquid mixture comprising the liquid and free dye molecules from the laundry, supplying a dye absorber to the liquid mixture to form a complex of dye molecules and absorber in solution or in suspension within the liquid mixture and altering the cycle of operation in response to the determination of free dye absorber in the liquid.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170159223

Fabric enhancer and laundry additive dispensation in laundry appliances

Systems, components, and methodologies for uniformly distributing fabric enhancers onto laundry loads in laundry treating appliances. The methods may include accepting one or more of a laundry detergent, a fabric softener, and a bleach for dispensation into the laundry treating appliance, accepting a plurality of fabric enhancers in respective compartments of a fabric enhancer storage assembly, receiving indications of the types of fabric enhancers stored in the respective compartments, selecting dispensation patterns suitable for each of the types of fabric enhancers, and dispensing the plurality of fabric enhancers in accordance with the selected dispensation patterns.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170157890

Super insulating nano-spheres for appliance insulation and method for creating a super insulating nano-sphere material

An insulating structure for an appliance includes an outer layer and an inner layer, wherein an insulating cavity is defined therebetween. A plurality of hollow nano-spheres are disposed within the insulating cavity, wherein each of the hollow nano-spheres includes a diameter in the range of from approximately 50 nanometers to approximately 1000 nanometers and has a wall that defines the internal space, and wherein the wall of each hollow nano-sphere has a thickness that is in a range of from approximately 0.5 nanometers to approximately 100 nanometers. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170157809

Method for preparing a densified insulation material for use in appliance insulated structure

A method for forming a vacuum insulated structure using a prepared core material includes preparing a powder insulation material defining a bulk density, pre-densifying the powder insulation material to form a pre-densified insulation base, crushing the pre-densified insulation base into granular core insulation to define a core density of the granular core insulation, disposing the granular core insulation having the core density into an insulating cavity defined within an insulating structure and expressing gas from the interior cavity of the insulating structure to further densify the granular core insulation to define a target density. The granular core insulation defines the target density disposed within the insulating structure defines the vacuum insulation structure, wherein the target density defines a density in the range of from approximately 80 grams per liter to approximately 350 grams per liter.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170156563

Dishwasher

A dishwasher having a tub defining a wash chamber, dish racks located within the wash chamber, and pump assembly for recirculating wash liquid is further provided with a rotating spray arm located configured to direct a spray of liquid into the wash chamber to define a first wash zone and at least one nozzle configured to direct a spray of liquid into the wash chamber to define a second wash zone.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/08/17 / #20170156543

Apparatus for making beverages having a liquid volume storage tank

The present invention pertains to the technological field of apparatuses for making beverages as defined in class a47j of the international patent classification (ipc). Problem to be solved: traditionally, the access for servicing or removal to the liquid volume storage tank of an apparatus for making beverages having a liquid volume storage tank is limited and difficult. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170153618

Apparatus and method for determining a schedule of an appliance

A method of determining an optimal schedule for performing a cycle of operation in the appliance wherein the schedule is a function of the tradeoff factor wherein the tradeoff factor is used to determine a rate threshold above which a delay request is included in the optimal schedule, and the rate threshold is a summation of i) an average of a series of projected rates for the use of the resource by the appliance for a future series of time periods and ii) a product of the tradeoff factor and a standard deviation of the series of projected rates.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170152847

Actuation system for a resonant linear compressor, method for actuating a resonant linear compressor, and resonant linear compressor

An actuation system for a resonant linear compressor (50) is disclosed, applied to cooling systems, the latter being particularly designed to operate at the electromechanical frequency of said compressor (50), so that the system will be capable of raising the maximum power supplied by the linear actuator, in conditions of overload of said cooling system. Additionally, an actuation method for a resonant linear compressor (50) is provided, the operation steps of which enable one to actuate the equipment at the electromechanical resonance frequency, as well as to control the actuation thereof in over load conditions.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170152625

Laundry treating appliance

A fabric treating appliance includes a chassis defining an interior. A tub is provided in the interior defining a liquid chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170152624

Laundry treating appliance

A fabric treating appliance includes a chassis defining an interior. A two-piece tub is provided in the interior defining a liquid chamber including an upper section and a lower section. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170152623

Laundry treating appliance

A fabric treating appliance includes a chassis defining an interior. A tub is provided in the interior defining a liquid chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170152622

Laundry treating appliance

A fabric treating appliance for treating an article according to a cycle of operation includes a chassis defining an interior with a tub disposed in the interior, the tub defining a liquid chamber. A drum is provided within the liquid chamber to define a treating chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170152621

Laundry treating appliance

A fabric treating appliance for treating an article according to a cycle of operation includes a chassis defining an interior. An extruded tub is provided in the interior and mounted to the chassis including a sump aperture, and defining a liquid chamber. ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170150867

Dish treating appliance with window insert

A dish treating appliance for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to the automatic cycle of operation, an access opening provided in the tub and through which is had access to the treating chamber, and a door movable relative to the tub to selectively open and close the access opening, the door having an inner surface confronting the access opening when the door closes the access opening, an outer surface, opposite the inner surface, and a window assembly provided in the door and having inner and outer panes.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170150866

Spray arm for a dish treating appliance

A dish treating appliance includes a tub having an access opening and at least partially defining a dish treating chamber a rotating spray arm having multiple spray nozzles and a first supply conduit fluidly coupled to the multiple spray nozzles, and a manifold supplying liquid to the first and second supply conduits, wherein the supply of liquid from the manifold to the first supply conduits causes liquid to be emitted from the multiple spray nozzles into the treating chamber.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

06/01/17 / #20170150841

Cooking system

A cooking system includes a kitchen utensil and a cooking hob, wherein the kitchen utensil is provided with one or more sensors arranged on the kitchen utensil. The sensors include acceleration sensors, gyroscopic sensors, and inclination sensors. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170142835

Human-machine interface assemblies

Example human-machine interface (hmi) assemblies are disclosed. An example hmi assembly includes a fascia, a touch film having a first raised contact, a printed circuit board (pcb) having a second raised contact, and a backer having an extending member and attached to the fascia, the member configured to press the first contact against the second contact by applying a force to the pcb at substantially the second raised contact.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170138782

Coffee grinder with integrated scale

A coffee grinder apparatus includes a housing with a support base, a pedestal portion, and a motor housing extending outwardly from the pedestal portion above the support base to define a jar receiving area. A motor is disposed in the motor housing and is operably coupled to a grinder assembly. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170138603

Electric warming element for gas burner

A burner assembly for a cooking hob includes a gas burner portion having a lower housing and a burner housing assembled with and supported by the lower housing. The burner housing defines a gas distribution path open at least on an outer surface of the burner housing through a plurality of outlets. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170137988

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

05/18/17 / #20170135547

Glasses rack for dishwasher

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

05/18/17 / #20170135526

High performance adjustable juicer with whole foods feed chute

A juicing system with a drive mechanism and a juicer assembly, where the juicer assembly includes a main housing defining a cavity. A lid encloses a top portion of the cavity and has an opening therethrough. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/18/17 / #20170135499

Cooling system for cabinets and cooling cabinet by forced air

The present invention describes a cooling system integrated for cabinets and a cooling cabinet by forced air. Specifically, the present invention includes a cooling system presented in a hot region including a cooling fluid compressor set and cooling fluid condensation medium, and a cold region including heat exchanger, ventilation mean, air inlet and air outlet, in a way that the configuration of element allows the cooling system to present a reduced size consuming low internal volume of a cabinet, when installed on the same. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170131020

Packaging system for delivering appliance handles within an interior of the appliance and method therefor

A method for packaging a handle set including providing a refrigerator having a cabinet defining an opening to access an interior; and providing doors defining an aperture for accessing the interior, the aperture width being less than the opening width. A handle set for installation onto the doors. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170131013

Refrigerator with thermoelectric device control process for an icemaker

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

05/11/17 / #20170130388

Clothes dryer with a drum seal

An apparatus for sealing the drum of a clothes dryer comprising an attachment with a recess sized to receive the lip of a dryer drum to mount the seal about the lip and a seal element abutting a corresponding front or rear bulkhead wherein the length of the seal is such that when in place there remains an intervening gap in which a spacer capable of changing shape is located allowing the seal to expand and contract with thermal variations.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/11/17 / #20170127906

Height adjuster mechanism for a dishwasher dish rack

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

05/11/17 / #20170127905

Dishwasher and dispensing assembly

A dishwasher having a tub having an open face and at least partially defining a treating chamber for holding dishes during an automatic cycle of operation, a door moveably mounted between an opened position, wherein a user the treating chamber is accessible, and a closed position, wherein the door closes the open face of the tub and dispensing assembly configured to activate an indicator to emit a human-detectable signal in response to a first signal indicating a predetermined amount of treating chemistry and a second signal indicating a predetermined amount of illumination.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/04/17 / #20170122652

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

05/04/17 / #20170122646

High efficiency refrigerator

A thermal storage container is coupled to a pump for circulating cooled liquid from the thermal storage container in at least one of two circuits. One circuit includes a heat exchanger coupled to the fresh food evaporator for assisting in cooling the fresh food section of the refrigerator or for chilling the liquid. ... Whirlpool Corporation

05/04/17 / #20170122643

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

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

05/04/17 / #20170122639

Method to extend the life of a twist ice maker

An ice making apparatus for an appliance comprising an ice making tray having at least one specialty feature chosen from the group consisting of: a convex bottom surface, a ledge disposed about a perimeter of the at least one ice compartment and proximate a bottom portion of the at least one ice compartment, at least one thread extending from one corner of the at least one ice compartment to another corner of the at least one ice compartment, or any combination thereof.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/27/17 / #20170115052

Controlled, dynamic lighting of interior appliance

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

04/27/17 / #20170115051

Appliance modular system for incorporating a pantry compartment within an appliance

A refrigerating appliance includes an interior volume divided by a medial wall into refrigerating and freezing compartments. A horizontal false mullion extends through one of the compartments, parallel with the medial wall to define a pantry compartment in thermal communication with at least one of the refrigerating and freezing compartments. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/27/17 / #20170115050

Appliance modular system for incorporating a pantry compartment within an appliance

A refrigerating appliance includes an interior volume divided by a medial wall into refrigerating and freezing compartments. A horizontal false mullion extends through one of the compartments, parallel with the medial wall to define a pantry compartment in thermal communication with at least one of the refrigerating and freezing compartments. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/27/17 / #20170115048

Refrigerator with split air pathway

A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a freezer compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet, a fresh food compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet, an ice making compartment remote from the freezer compartment, and a fresh food compartment duct riser extending upwardly along a back of the fresh food compartment. The refrigerator further includes a shroud associated with a freezer compartment evaporator, an ice compartment supply duct leading from the shroud to the ice making compartment, and an ice compartment return duct leading from the ice making compartment towards the freezer compartment evaporator. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/27/17 / #20170114937

Collet securing device for joining two fluid lines and providing lateral support at the connection of the two fluid lines

A fluid line support system includes a fluid line and a collet having an insertion end and a thickened portion having a biased end. A fluid valve has a valve aperture that receives the insertion end of the collet. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/27/17 / #20170114494

Method for drying articles

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

04/27/17 / #20170113290

Brazing process of pipes and compressor

The present invention describes a brazing process in copper and steel parts for several equipment, using a zinc alloy as an additive material, and a device produced according do said process. Specifically, the present invention includes a brazing process between a copper pipe and a steel part, using an alloy composed mainly by zinc as addiction material. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/27/17 / #20170112352

Dishwasher utensil basket

A dishwasher including a utensil basket having a front wall, a side wall, and a bottom wall, wherein at least a portion of the front wall is movable between a first and second position, relative to the basket.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/20/17 / #20170108262

Refrigerator cooling system having secondary cooling loop

A refrigerator cooling system and method provides cooling to one or more features of a refrigerator by employing a secondary cooling loop that utilizes the excess cooling capacity of an evaporator to selectively provide supplemental cooling to the features when a thermal demand arises.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/20/17 / #20170108259

Stir stick and breaker walls for an ice container

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

04/20/17 / #20170107654

Laundry treating appliance having a rotatable blade for liquid extraction

A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to an automatic cycle of operation, comprising a basket defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry to be washed. The basket has multiple perforations through which liquid may pass. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/20/17 / #20170107653

Impeller having a sweeper

An impeller with vanes extending above the upper surface of the impeller base plate along with a sweeper which extends beyond an outer periphery of the base plate. The sweeper pulls clothes from the basket that may have become stuck or lodged in a wet state back in toward the center of the impeller and in turn pushes them up by the impeller vane design.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/13/17 / #20170105252

Microwave heating apparatus with rotatable antenna and method thereof

A microwave heating apparatus and a method for heating/browning a piece of food by means of microwaves are provided. The microwave heating apparatus comprises a cavity arranged to receive, in a substantially horizontal browning region, a piece of food to be browned. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/13/17 / #20170105248

Temperature controlling device for an appliance heating element

A burner element for a cooktop includes a heat source for providing heat to a cooking zone positioned above the heat source and an automatic thermostat switch in communication with the cooking zone and the heat source. The automatic thermostat switch senses an actual temperature of the cooking zone, and when the actual temperature reaches a predetermined maximum temperature the automatic thermostat switch moves to an open position defined by the automatic thermostat switch at least partially impeding the heat source. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/13/17 / #20170102728

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

04/13/17 / #20170102179

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

04/13/17 / #20170102177

Phase change materials for refrigeration and ice making

A bottom mount refrigerator is provided including a thermal battery or phase change material positioned within the refrigerator or freezer in order to increase energy efficiency and compartment sizes of the refrigerator. The thermal battery can be used with an ice maker to aid in removing heat from the water in the ice maker to produce ice. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/06/17 / #20170097160

System and method for mounting undercabinet ventilation hood

A system and method for installing a ventilation hood to an underside of a wall cabinet includes providing structure for initially establishing mounting or anchoring points for the ventilation hood, securing first mounting structure for the ventilation hood, supporting the ventilation hood on the first mounting structure, and then further securing the ventilation hood with an additional fastening arrangement to complete the installation.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/06/17 / #20170096996

Intake valve actuating system, compressors starting method and its uses

The present invention relates an intake valve actuating system, specially to reciprocating machines, the use of said system in compressors and a compressors starting method, promoting advantages on the compressors starting, minimizing the power needed on said reciprocating machines. Specially, the present invention includes a controlled actuating mean actuating an intake valve, by a coil, while a piston starts its reciprocating movement. ... Whirlpool Corporation

04/06/17 / #20170096760

Laundry treating appliance and methods of operation

Methods of reducing a likelihood of contact between a rotating laundry-container, such as a basket or drum, located within a tub of a laundry treating appliance where the method includes rotating the drum during a measurement period, determining a torque, speed, acceleration, and position of the drum, using a parameter estimator to estimate the position of a mass relative to an imbalance of laundry and accelerating the rotation of the drum when the mass is determined to be angularly spaced from the relative position of the imbalance of laundry.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170089639

Method and apparatus for drying articles

A method and apparatus for drying a wet textile article 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), determining a dynamic drying cycle of operation in the controller, and controlling the energization of the rf applicator according to the determination of the dynamic drying cycle of operation, wherein the wet article is dried.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170089613

Energy efficiency of air conditioning system by using dual suction compressor

A method for selectively transferring latent and sensible heat from air in a cooling system of a building structure interior volume that includes at least the steps of: (1) providing a building structure air conditioning system that provides cooling to at least a portion of the interior volume of a building structure and (2) adjusting a ratio of a time coolant flows through the first evaporator to a time coolant flows through the second evaporator such that coolant flows through the first evaporator for more time than the second evaporator when more latent heat is removed from the air and more coolant flows through the second evaporator for more time than the first evaporator when more sensible heat is removed from the air.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170089591

Convection cooking appliance with circular air flow system

A circular air flow pattern is created in a small oven cavity having a convection system including a convection cover which is mounted to and defines a duct in combination with a rear wall of the oven cavity. The convection cover includes an intake at one end portion arranged adjacent a first side wall of the oven cavity and a plurality of exhaust openings formed in another end portion arranged adjacent a second side wall of the oven cavity, with the convection cover progressively tapering through multiple sections. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170089590

Oven cavity connector for operating power accessory trays for cooking appliance

A cooking appliance includes sidewalls and a rear wall defining a heating cavity. At least one heat source is in thermal communication with the heating cavity. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170088995

Modular laundry system

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

03/30/17 / #20170088993

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.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170086643

Rotating filter for a dishwasher and methods of cleaning a rotating filter

A dishwasher with a tub at least partially defining a washing chamber, a liquid spraying system, a liquid recirculation circuit, and a liquid filtering system where the liquid filtering system includes a rotating filter and where a granular agent contacts the rotating filter to clean the filter. Methods of cleaning a rotating filter provided within a liquid flow by scouring the filter with a granular agent.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/30/17 / #20170086642

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

03/30/17 / #20170086640

Dishwasher with sprayer

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

03/23/17 / #20170082359

Method for drying articles

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

03/23/17 / #20170082350

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

03/23/17 / #20170082340

Apparatus and method for dispensing ice from a bottom mount refrigerator

A bottom mount household refrigerator is provided with an apparatus to permit the dispensing of ice. According to one embodiment, a sealed ice making compartment is provided within the fresh food compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170082339

Apparatus and method for dispensing ice from a bottom mount refrigerator

A bottom mount household refrigerator is provided with an apparatus to permit the dispensing of ice. According to one embodiment, a sealed ice making compartment is provided within the fresh food compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170082285

Inner swirling flame gas burner

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

03/23/17 / #20170082096

Reciprocating refrigeration compressor and method for mounting a reciprocating refrigeration compressor

The compressor includes: a crankcase carrying a cylinder and a bearing hub which lodges a crankshaft; a valve plate closing one end of the cylinder; a piston reciprocating in the cylinder and driven by the rotation of the crankshaft; an electric motor having a stator affixed to the crankcase and provided with winding grooves and teeth, each tooth carrying a respective shoe, and a rotor affixed to the crankshaft and carrying magnet segments, stator, the rotor and the crankshaft are mounted in an indexed way, in order to present, in relation to one another, a relative positioning which produces, upon the stop of the electric motor and with the crankshaft and rotor being in the upper dead point condition of the piston, a cogging torque capable of taking the piston away from the upper dead point.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170080592

Food processor with adjustable blade assembly

A food processor includes 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 blade assembly. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170080591

Food processor with adjustable blade assembly

A food processor includes 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 blade assembly. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170079504

Dishwasher with sprayer

A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and a sprayer for spraying liquid to the treating chamber. The sprayer may include a liquid passage provided in the interior of the body, at least one upper outlet extending through the upper surface of the body and in fluid communication with the liquid passage, at least one lower outlet extending through the lower surface of the body and in fluid communication with the liquid passage, and a valve body moveable relative to the body to fluidly couple the at least one upper outlet and the at least one lower outlet to the liquid passage.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/23/17 / #20170079477

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

03/16/17 / #20170074581

Configurable power supply circuit 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 and a plurality of electrical connectors disposed at a plurality of shelf mounting positions within the temperature-controlled compartment. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170074580

Refrigerator with easy access drawer

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

03/16/17 / #20170074579

Transparent tinted coating for appliance exterior panels to allow for tinted surface patterns and a process for application of coating

An exterior panel for a kitchen appliance includes a metallic substrate having a predetermined surface pattern on at least one side of the metallic substrate, wherein the metallic substrate is formed to include a predetermined contour. A coating layer is an organic paint coating composition on the at least one side of the metallic substrate, the coating layer including a predetermined color and a fingerprint resistive surface, wherein the coating layer is at least partially translucent such that the predetermined surface pattern is visible with the naked eye through the coating layer, and wherein the predetermined surface pattern is modified by the coating layer to reflect the combination of the predetermined surface pattern and the predetermined color of the coating layer.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170074573

Ice cube release and rapid freeze using fluid exchange apparatus

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

03/16/17 / #20170074572

Airflow containment device fore an ice maker

A refrigerator is disclosed having an ice maker in the door. The refrigerator has an ice maker air duct in the ice compartment door, and it has an inlet and a plurality of flutes. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170074571

Clear ice maker

An ice maker includes an ice making tray having an array of individual ice cube compartments. The ice making tray having a transverse axis and at least one pivot axle aligned with the transverse axis. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170074566

Fault detection and diagnosis for refrigerator from compressor sensor

A refrigerator, a sealed refrigerant system, and method are provided where the refrigerator includes at least a refrigerated compartment and a sealed refrigerant system including an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser, a controller, an evaporator fan, and a condenser fan. The method includes monitoring a frequency of the compressor, and identifying a fault condition in the at least one component of the refrigerant sealed system in response to the compressor frequency. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170074557

Equalization system of compressors pressure, equalization pressure method and system operation in cooling hermetic compressors

The present invention describes a valve mechanism for refrigerating machines compressors. More specifically, the valve mechanism operates to allow the equalization of pressure between the compression chamber of a reciprocating compressor and the discharge volume of the same compressor. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170074549

Multi-evaporation cooling system

A multiple-evaporation cooling system in which the intermediate heat exchanger of first evaporation line includes at least a segment of the physically arranged expansion device in contact with at least a portion of the second row of evaporation and the intermediate heat exchanger's second evaporative line includes at least one expansion device segment physically disposed in contact with at least one portion of a first evaporation line. Considering the temperature of the intermediate heat exchanger of first evaporation line influences the temperature of the refrigerant flowing in the second line of evaporative expansion device and the temperature of the intermediate heat exchanger of the second evaporative line influences the temperature of the refrigerant flowing in the first line of evaporative expansion device. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170073872

Laundry treating appliance with an oversized wash tub

A laundry treating appliance for treating fabric according to a cycle of operation includes a cabinet defining an interior, a wash tub within the interior and having a peripheral wall with an upper portion and a bottom end closed by a base; a wash basket located within the wash tub for movement relative thereto and defining a laundry treating chamber; and a drive motor located within the cabinet for rotating or oscillating the wash basket. Prior to installation of the wash tub in the cabinet, the wash tub is oversized relative to the interior. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/16/17 / #20170071439

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

03/09/17 / #20170067679

Twist harvest ice geometry

An ice maker assembly includes an ice making apparatus for an appliance with an ice making tray having a water basin formed by a metallic ice forming plate and at least one perimeter sidewall extending upwardly from a top surface of the ice forming plate. The ice making tray also has a grid with at least one dividing wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/09/17 / #20170067651

Built-in cooking hob

A built-in cooking hob includes a main body configured to be installed in an opening of a counter top. An upper plate abuts a peripheral edge of the opening, and is fastened to the main body. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/09/17 / #20170067632

Premixed stamped inner flames burner with eccentric injection venturi

A burner assembly for a cooktop includes a base portion having one or more vents and an eccentric stem. A cover portion is received on the base portion to define a mixing chamber disposed between the cover portion and the base portion. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/09/17 / #20170065947

Blender assembly

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

03/02/17 / #20170061749

Progress tracking mechanism for a home appliance

. . A progress tracking mechanism provided on a home appliance is disclosed herein and includes a plurality of light sources and a controller electrically coupled to the light sources. When a timed activity is being performed by the home appliance, the controller selectively controls an operational state of each of the light sources to visually indicate the progress of the timed activity.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170059237

Modular interface for pantry temperature control

A refrigerator includes a refrigerator cabinet, a refrigerator compartment disposed within the refrigerator compartment, a drawer within the refrigerator compartment, a cover on a top of the drawer, a plurality of apertures in the cover, and controls on the cover for controlling temperature within the drawer. The cover is configured to be positioned between a user interface assembly and a user interface cover with screws through the apertures in a first configuration wherein the controls are electronic controls for controlling temperature within the drawer. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170059222

Ice well diverter wedge for ice container

A refrigerator is provided including an ice making assembly. The ice making assembly includes a storage container that has a discharge zone including a crushing assembly for selectively crushing formed ice before dispensing the ice through the dispenser of the refrigerator. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170059221

Domestic refrigerator including an ice dispenser

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

03/02/17 / #20170059210

Robust fixed-sequence control method and appliance for exceptional temperature stability

A method to control a fixed-sequence dual evaporator cooling system including providing a recurring cooling cycle cooling system wherein each recurring cooling cycle comprises first and second cooling cycles for cooling respective first and second interiors, a pump-out cycle for returning coolant to a condenser, and an idle cycle, and providing a processor to establish exceptions to the recurring cooling cycle. A step includes the processor monitoring first and second actual temperatures of the respective first and second interiors, selecting predetermined first and second control temperatures for the respective first and second interiors, and selecting a command input signal to supply to a compressor, the condenser fan, the first and second evaporator fans, and the valve of the cooling system during the recurring cooling cycle based upon the first and second actual temperatures and the predetermined first and second control temperatures to initiate the established exceptions.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170059180

System and method for mounting undercabinet ventilation hood

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

03/02/17 / #20170058449

Dispensing treating chemistry in a laundry treating appliance

A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment and a dispensing system for dispensing treating chemistry for use in treating the laundry comprises, determining an amount of laundry in the treating chamber, setting at least one of a dilution and a delivery rate for the treating chemistry based on the determined amount of laundry to define a dispensing parameter and controlling the dispensing system to dispense the treating chemistry according to the dispensing parameter.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170058446

Laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance for treating a load of laundry according to an automatic cycle of operation includes a cabinet having at least one panel and a vessel, such as a tub or drum, suspended within the cabinet. An embossed pattern is provided on the at least one panel of the cabinet.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

03/02/17 / #20170057804

Hands free, controlled autofill for a dispenser

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

03/02/17 / #20170055802

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

03/02/17 / #20170055799

Method of using high velocity water to remove puddling in a dishwasher

A method of washing dishes in an automated dishwasher utilizing a high velocity sprayer and high velocity spray phase for forcibly spraying water from concavities on washed dishes or utensils in which liquid can puddle in the cavities of the dishes or utensils during previous washing or rinsing cycles.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170050130

Appliance water filter system having memory and authentication functionality

A water filter system for an appliance includes a filter head assembly, a first appliance control unit positioned proximate the filter head assembly and a water filter having a memory storage unit. The water filter is selectively placed in communication with the first appliance control unit to define a filter use state. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170049295

Dishwasher with pivoting handle

A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber with an access opening receiving dishes for treatment, a door moveable between an opened position and a closed position for selectively closing the access opening, the door having an interior side that faces the treating chamber in the closed position and an exterior side opposite the interior side and a handle extending from the exterior side of the door where a user may grasp the handle to move the door, and a method of using thereof.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/23/17 / #20170049260

Tea making appliance with filter assembly

A tea maker includes a brewing unit which defines a vessel having an upper opening with a spout disposed thereon. A lid assembly is removeably received on the upper opening of the vessel and includes a steeping tube. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170045281

Twistable tray for heater-less ice maker

An ice maker is provided that includes a tray having recesses that can include ice-phobic surfaces. The ice-phobic surfaces may include ice-phobic coatings, textured metal surfaces, hydrophobic coatings or other surfaces configured to repel water and ice. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170045280

Clear ice maker

An ice making tray has a water basin with a thermally conductive floor and a flexible grid positioned therein to define a plurality of ice making compartments. A motor is coupled to the basin to rotate the basin and grid to an inverted position, and a link is coupled between the motor and drive such that the grid is rotatable out of the basin and is flexed to release ice cubes formed therein.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170045271

Methods for controlling a compressor with double suction for refrigeration systems

The present invention refers to methods for controlling a double suction compressor for application in refrigeration systems, capable of meeting the different demands for cost, efficiency and control of temperatures by means of techniques of complexity levels and different configurations of the elements from the control loop (temperature sensors, actuators, controllers, etc.). The proposed solutions include the description of a method for controlling and adjusting the refrigeration capacities of a refrigeration system equipped with a double suction compressor, the refrigeration system comprising compartments to be refrigerated and comprising at least two evaporators (20) positioned in the compartments to be refrigerated (60,70), the double suction compressor (10) being controllable to alternate its compression capacity, the method comprising steps of (i) continuously measuring at least a temperature coming from a temperature sensor (set,sct) associated with at least one of the evaporators (20) and (ii) acting in the compressor's (10) compression capacity, from the measurement of step (i).. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170044707

Clothes dryer with a drum seal

An apparatus for sealing the drum of a clothes dryer comprising an attachment with a recess sized to receive the lip of a dryer drum to mount the seal about the lip and a seal element abutting the corresponding front or rear bulkhead wherein the length of the seal is such that when in place there remains an intervening gap in which a spacer capable of changing shape is located allowing the seal to expand and contract with thermal variations.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170044704

Balance ring assembly

A balance ring assembly for balancing a liquid holding tub that is rotatable about an axis of rotation in a laundry treating appliance, includes an enclosed annular housing having a hollow annular raceway and a longitudinal axis, a magnetic mass disposed in the hollow annular raceway and movable therein, and a magnet mounted to the annular housing. The balance ring assembly is mounted to a liquid holding tub that is rotatable about an axis of rotation in a laundry treating appliance with the longitudinal axis coincident with the axis of rotation.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/16/17 / #20170044703

Apparatus and method for controlling laundering cycle by sensing wash aid concentration

An automatic washing machine can be operated in accordance with a selected wash cycle by receiving an input indicative of a concentration of a wash aid prior to a dispensing of the wash aid into at least one of a tub and a drum, and selecting an operating parameter of the automatic washing machine in response to the determined concentration.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170041520

Refrigerators having internal content cameras, and methods of operating the same

Example refrigerators having internal content cameras, and methods of operating the same are disclosed. A disclosed example refrigerator includes a cabinet, an internal compartment disposed within the cabinet, a closing member operatively coupled to the cabinet providing selective access to the internal compartment, two cameras disposed in the compartment and positioned to capture images of different portions of the compartment, two light sources disposed in the compartment, and a controller communicatively coupled with the cameras and light sources and configured to control the light sources to provide two different illuminations for respective ones of the two cameras.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170039511

Object recognition system for an appliance and method for managing household inventory of consumables

A refrigerating appliance includes a cabinet having an inner liner that defines at least one aperture for accessing a refrigerating compartment. A door is operably coupled to the cabinet and is operable between open and closed positions. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170038118

Applications of liquid tank as fresh food evaporator

An appliance having a storage tank disposed on its back surface wherein the storage tank comprises a front cover and a back cover that matingly engages the front cover to form a liquid tight seal with the front cover. The storage tank further includes a phase-changing material disposed within the storage tank and a heat exchanger containing refrigerant tubing which transfers cooling from refrigerant tubing to the phase-changing solution. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170038061

Additional primary air access for surface gas burners

A gas burner unit for a cooktop includes a spreader positioned above a top surface of the cooktop to define a gap therebetween and having a plurality of gas outlets. The gas burner unit further includes a venturi in fluid communication with the gas outlets and an orifice holder having a plurality of protrusions defining a plurality of upwardly directed primary air inlets therethrough. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170037559

Laundry treating appliance with stain station

A laundry treating appliance, such as a clothes washer, either vertical or horizontal axis, can have a bulk dispenser capable of dispensing multiple doses of treating chemistry from a reservoir of treating chemistry. A housing fluidly couples a supply of water and the treating chemistry for supplying both to a treating chamber within the laundry treating appliance.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170037558

Laundry treating appliance with internal housing

A laundry treating appliance, such as a clothes washer, either vertical or horizontal axis, can have a bulk dispenser capable of dispensing multiple doses of treating chemistry from a reservoir of treating chemistry. A housing fluidly couples a supply of water and the treating chemistry for supplying both to a treating chamber within the laundry treating appliance.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170037557

Laundry module for washing a load of fabric items

A laundry system for treating fabric items according to the invention includes a front-loading washing machine for washing a first load of fabric items and a horizontal laundry module for washing a second load of fabric items stacked vertically adjacent to the front-loading washing machine and having a low capacity relative to a capacity of the front-load washing machine.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170037556

Laundry module for washing a load of fabric items

A laundry module performs a washing function to wash a load of fabric items and has a drawer supporting a tub and wash basket, and a control panel mounted on the drawer to enable a user to select a wash cycle from among a plurality of wash cycles. The laundry module can be part of a modular laundry system including a laundry appliance. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170035266

Dishwasher detergent dispensing method

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

02/09/17 / #20170035265

Diverter valve and dishwasher with diverter valve

A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation and including a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber, at least one sprayer configured to emit a corresponding spray of liquid into the treating chamber, at least one liquid circuit supplying liquid to the at least one sprayer, a pump having a pump inlet fluidly coupled to the treating chamber and a pump outlet, and a diverter valve controlling a flow of liquid from the pump to the at least one sprayer.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/09/17 / #20170035244

Baking drawer and method of circulating air within the baking drawer

A baking drawer includes an oven cavity and a drawer assembly movable relative to the oven cavity between an extended position, where the drawer assembly is accessible by a user, and a retracted position, where the drawer assembly is located within the oven cavity. The drawer assembly has a bottom wall, two opposing sidewalls and a rear wall. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030629

Attachment arrangement for vacuum insulated 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

02/02/17 / #20170030624

Multi-sheet spherical ice making

An ice maker is provided herein that includes an evaporator plate. A first side of the evaporator plate is adapted to form a first clear ice sheet and a second side of the evaporator plate is adapted to form a second clear ice sheet. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030585

Dual inlet griddle/grill burner having multiple burner configurations

A grilling appliance includes first and second fuel delivery ports extending from a grill housing, a first burner element selectively connected to one of the first and second fuel delivery ports to define a single-burner condition, a second burner element selectively connected to the other of the first and second fuel delivery ports to define, with the first burner element, a twin-burner condition, an elongated burner element having two fuel inlets selectively connected to the first and second fuel delivery ports to define, when the first and second burner elements are removed from the first and second fuel delivery ports and a large-burner condition. At least one ignitor is in communication with the first burner element in the single-burner condition, the first and second burner elements in the twin-burner condition and the elongated burner element in the large-burner condition.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030004

Laundry treating appliance and methods of reducing tub contact therein

Methods of reducing a likelihood of contact between a rotating laundry-container, such as a basket or drum, located within a tub of a laundry treating appliance where the method includes accelerating a rotational speed of the rotating laundry-container during an extraction cycle speed ramp, monitoring the friction associated with the rotating laundry-container during the speed ramp and comparing to a threshold and altering the accelerating of the rotational speed of the rotating laundry-container when the comparing indicates the threshold is satisfied.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030003

Floating coupling system for laundry appliance equipment

The present invention refers to a laundry appliance equipment having a clutch/coupler floating member positioned between basket and stirrer. This invention is primarily aimed at providing selective coupling between said components according to the phase of the washing cycle, being said coupled performed automatically. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030002

Laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance includes a rotatable basket defining a treating chamber for receiving a load of laundry items for treatment, and an annular balance rings defining an annular chamber within, coupled with the basket for rotation therewith. The basket can further comprise a pair of walls comprising a perforated inner wrapper and an outer wall defining a space therebetween. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030001

Laundry treating appliance door with planar window element and baffle for controlling laundry movement

A laundry treating appliance may include a tub and a rotatable drum defining a first access opening to the drum, a cabinet including a front wall having a second access opening aligned with the first access opening, a bellows extending between the front wall and the tub to form a fluid seal between the first and second access openings, and the bellows having a compliance portion to accommodate relative movement between the tub and the front wall, and a door movably mounted to the front wall having a planar window element and a baffle extending from the planar window element.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170030000

Fabric treating appliance

A fabric treating appliance includes a rotatable basket defining a treating chamber for receiving a load of laundry items for treatment. A float valve can be incorporated into the basket structure, selectively opening or closing the valve based upon the liquid level in a tub. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170029999

Laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance includes a rotatable basket defining a treating chamber for receiving a load of laundry items for treatment, and two annular balance rings coupled with the basket for rotation therewith. Each balance ring includes a sump for holding balancing fluid when the rotational speed of the basket is below a critical speed.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170029998

Laundry treating appliance

A laundry treating appliance configured to implement a cycle of operation to treat a load of laundry includes a basket defining a treating chamber and rotatable about an axis of rotation, a motor having a rotor and a stator, and a shifter within the interior diameter of the stator and having an energizable clutch coil at least partially enveloped in a magnetically permeable housing and a magnetically permeable slidable drive mechanism radially spaced from the housing and configured to selectively couple the basket with the rotor.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170027379

Fiber optic light guide for generating illuminated indicia for an electric burner of a heating appliance

A heating appliance includes a translucent cooktop and a burner in communication with the cooktop. The burner is operable between deactive and active states. ... Whirlpool Corporation

02/02/17 / #20170027378

Light guide for generating illuminated indicia for an electric burner of a heating appliance

A heating appliance includes a translucent cooktop and a burner in communication with the cooktop. The burner is operable between deactive and active states. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170023930

Household appliance closure element with touch interface

A household appliance includes a housing; a treating chamber located within the housing and having an access opening; a closure element movable relative to the access opening between opened and closed positions to selectively provide access to the treating chamber through the access opening; a controller associated with the housing and implementing a treating cycle on at least one item in the treating chamber; and a human-machine interface. The hmi includes a first portion associated with the housing and a second portion associated with the closure element. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170023285

Heater-less ice maker assembly with a twistable tray

An ice maker is provided that includes a tray having recesses that can include ice-phobic surfaces. The ice-phobic surfaces may include ice-phobic coatings, textured metal surfaces, hydrophobic coatings or other surfaces configured to repel water and ice. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170023283

Clear ice maker and method for forming clear ice

An ice maker assembly includes an ice tray having an ice forming plate with a top surface, a bottom surface and upstanding edges around a perimeter of the ice forming plate. A containment wall extends upwardly around the perimeter of the ice forming plate. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170022651

Method of display for a laundry treating appliance

A method of displaying selection information on a display of a user interface for a laundry treating appliance, including displaying on the display user-selectable options for laundry type and treatment type, in response to receiving user selections for the laundry type and treatment type, displaying on the display a group of user-selectable presets.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170022647

Fabric treating appliance

A fabric treating appliance includes a rotatable basket defining a treating chamber for receiving a load of laundry items for treatment. The basket comprises a dual wall, having an inner wall and an outer wall, defining a space therebetween. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170021554

Method to create vacuum insulated cabinets for refrigerators

A method of forming a vacuum insulated refrigerator cabinet, the method comprising providing first and second sheets of material. The first sheet of material is thermoformed over a first forming tool forming a first intermediate structure. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/26/17 / #20170020361

Door assembly for a dishwasher

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

01/26/17 / #20170020360

Household appliance and method of opening the same

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

01/19/17 / #20170016663

Method of warming a mold apparatus

A method of releasing ice from a mold apparatus is disclosed which includes the steps of: providing a mold apparatus having a first mold portion including a concave depression and a liquid circulating manifold and a second mold portion having a concave depression; pivotally coupling to the first mold portion to the second mold portion such that the mold apparatus is operable between an ice forming position and an ice harvesting position; assembling the mold apparatus to the ice forming position such that the concave depressions abut to from a mold cavity; injecting water into the mold cavity; cooling the mold apparatus; forming at least one ice structure within the mold cavity; circulating a warm liquid medium in the liquid circulating manifold to warm the mold apparatus; disassembling the mold apparatus to the ice harvesting position; and releasing the at least one ice structure from the mold apparatus.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170016652

Refrigeration system including evaporators associated in parallel

The present invention belongs to the technological field of refrigeration systems and, more particularly refrigeration systems used in residential applications, for example, refrigeration appliances including at least two climate chambers at different temperatures. Problem to be solved: conventionally, existing refrigeration systems including evaporators connected in parallel require complex compressors including at least two suction paths, or alternatively functional complex arrangements unable to maintain independence between the individual evaporators. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/19/17 / #20170014015

Door assembly for a dishwasher

A dishwasher includes a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to a cycle of operation and a door assembly selectively moveable to close an access opening to the treating chamber, the door assembly having an interior door panel, an exterior door panel, and a window assembly comprising first and second window panes supported within the door assembly by a peripheral frame.. . ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/12/17 / #20170010037

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

01/12/17 / #20170010035

Refrigerator with a water and ice dispenser having an improved ice chute air seal

A refrigerator having an ice and water dispenser has a seal to sealingly engage the ice compartment when the refrigerator door is closed. The seal is flexible to accommodate manufacturing tolerance. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/12/17 / #20170009762

Method and a system for protecting a resonant linear compressor

A method for protecting a resonant linear compressor (14) including structural resonance frequencies (we) and a motor that is fed by feed voltage (va) that has amplitude (a) and a drive frequency (wa), both controlled according to the equation a.sin(wt). The protection method is configured so as to include the step of preventing feed to the motor at drive frequencies (wa) that have at least one harmonic coinciding tithe the structural resonance frequency (we) of the resonant linear compressor (14). ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/05/17 / #20170006665

Range with suspended cooktop

A slide-in or drop-in cooking range includes an upper cooktop in the form of a module suspended above an oven cavity. For installation purposes, the upper cooktop can be vertically repositioned relative to the oven cavity to assure proper alignment with the countertop and avoid damage to the cooktop as a result of combined thermal and mechanical stresses over time. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/05/17 / #20170003070

Split hybrid insulation structure for an appliance

An insulation structure for an appliance includes a first vacuum insulated structure having a top and downward sides extending from the top and defining a lower connection surface. A second vacuum insulated structure having a bottom and upward sides extending from the bottom and defining an upper connection surface, and an intermediate insulation structure having a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the top surface engages the lower connection surface of the first vacuum insulated structure to define the first insulated interior, wherein the bottom surface engages the upper connection surface of the second vacuum insulated structure to define the second insulated interior, and wherein the intermediate insulation structure includes an appliance utility path within which at least one utility for the appliance is disposed.. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/05/17 / #20170003065

Refrigeration appliance and method for operating such appliance

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

01/05/17 / #20170003034

Gas supply module for burner with beaded gas supply tube

A gas supply module that includes an orifice element; a gas supply tube having an inlet end, an outlet end threaded to receive the orifice element, and an outer diameter; and a beaded element having an outermost dimension at least one and a half times larger than the outer diameter of the gas supply tube, wherein the beaded element is formed directly from the outlet end of the gas supply tube. The gas supply module further includes a support bracket comprising at least one mounting flange, an inlet surface, an outlet surface, and a support hole, wherein the gas supply tube is routed through the support hole; and a fastening element is configured to secure the beaded element to the support bracket. ... Whirlpool Corporation

01/05/17 / #20170002500

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

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








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