Patents Assigned to Whirlpool Corporation
  • Publication number: 20240065484
    Abstract: A storage lid for a countertop appliance includes a body that has a first surface and a second surface and includes a raised peripheral wall that is disposed around the first surface and a lid that is disposed around the second surface. An elongated handle extends outwardly from the first surface and defines a recessed channel along the second surface of the body. A tab is operably coupled to the raised peripheral wall of the body. A sealing member is disposed proximate to the lip of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yifan Wang, Brandon Tyler Mock, Jiangang Guo, Yongjia Guo, Liqing Wang, Haiqiang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20240068149
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a fluid pump that delivers process fluid through a fluid path. A tub is disposed within a cabinet and a drum that is rotationally operable within the tub. The tub and the drum define a portion of the fluid path, and a sprayer assembly is coupled with the tub for directing the process fluid into the drum. The sprayer assembly includes a first wall including a water inlet conduit and a light housing, a second wall spaced from the first wall, and a sidewall partially coupling the first wall and the second wall, thereby defining a cavity and an outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vaibhav A. Badabade, Dusan Heldak
  • Publication number: 20240068152
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a tub that is positioned within a cabinet. A drum includes an imperforate outer wall that is rotationally positioned within the tub. A blower delivers process air through an airflow path that includes a processing space defined within the drum. A heat exchange system conditions the process air that is delivered at least into the processing space as heated process air for drying articles contained within the processing space. The imperforate outer wall of the drum and the tub define supplemental heat exchange space that delivers supplemental heat through the imperforate outer wall and into the processing space. The supplemental heat exchange space is in thermal communication with the heat exchange system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2022
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rodney Welch, Reinhard Radermacher
  • Publication number: 20240068145
    Abstract: A laundry appliance including a cabinet, a tub, and a drum. The tub is positioned inside the cabinet. The tub includes a front tub wall having a front tub opening, a rear tub wall, and a tub sidewall that extends between the front tub wall and the rear tub wall. The drum is rotatably supported within the tub. The drum includes a front drum opening, a rear drum wall, a drum sidewall that extends between the front drum opening and the rear drum wall, and a laundry compartment positioned inside the drum that is accessible through the front drum opening. An air gap is positioned radially between the tub sidewall and the drum sidewall. At least one heating element is positioned on or in the tub sidewall to heat the tub sidewall and therefore air flowing through the air gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2022
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Roy Edward MASTERS, JR., Robert UNGLENIEKS
  • Publication number: 20240068502
    Abstract: A laundry appliance includes a basement housing comprising a capacitor receiver. A capacitor is disposed within the capacitor receiver to define a secured position. The capacitor receiver includes at least one retaining flange that is coupled to the basement housing via a living hinge. At least one retaining flange is outwardly biased away from a body of the capacitor when the capacitor is placed in an inserted position. At least one retaining flange includes a thread-engaging surface that operates to the secured position upon rotation of the capacitor in the inserted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel A. Schurr
  • Publication number: 20240068733
    Abstract: A refrigeration appliance includes a freezer compartment fluidly coupled to an ice maker compartment via an ice maker return duct. An internal sensor is positioned within the freezer compartment and configured to sense a first condition within the freezer compartment. An external sensor is coupled to said refrigeration appliance and configured to sense a second condition external to said refrigeration appliance. A return fan is positioned within the ice maker return duct. A controller is operably coupled to the internal and external sensors to receive sensed first and second conditions. The controller is configured to determine a differential between the sensed first condition within the freezer compartment and the sensed second condition external to said refrigeration appliance. The controller activates the return fan to blow air from the ice maker compartment into the freezer compartment in response to the differential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam Gary, Keeley Kabala, Raghu Muddasani, Jeremiah S. Papke, Kyle Van Meter, Scott M. Wesbrook
  • Patent number: 11911950
    Abstract: A method of forming a vacuum insulated structure includes providing a structural envelope an insulating cavity defined within the structural envelope. An expanding device is attached to opposing outer walls of the structural envelope and the interior cavity is expanded by pulling the opposing outer walls away from one another to define an expanded state. An insulating material is disposed within the insulating cavity to occupy substantially all of the insulating cavity in the expanded state. Gas is expressed from the insulating cavity to collapse the structural envelope to a final state and a final interior volume that is less than the expanded interior volume. The final state of the structural envelope defines a densified state of the insulating material within the insulating cavity. The vacuum port is then closed to hermetically seal the insulating cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Dherde, Gustavo Frattini, Abhay Naik
  • Patent number: 11913266
    Abstract: A door assembly for an appliance includes a door frame configured to mount to a cabinet of the appliance and movable between an open position and a closed position. A catch mechanism can be provided within the door frame and configured to receive a latch projecting from the cabinet when the door frame is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ajinkya Sachindra Dhamdhere, Ratul Maity, Andrea Valeri
  • Patent number: 11913160
    Abstract: A method of operating a laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to a treating cycle of operation. The laundry treating appliance comprises a treating chamber for receiving the laundry that is selectively accessible through a door movable between opened and closed positions. The method comprises determining at the end of a laundry treating cycle whether the door has been opened and subsequently reclosed and reducing humidity in the treating chamber after the determination that the door has been reclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Barbara A. Balinski, Floyd G. Jackson, Karl David McAllister
  • Patent number: 11913712
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet with a plurality of walls and a compartment area for storing food within the cabinet. A door is configured to seal the compartment area. A refrigeration component is disposed within the cabinet. A wall panel is positioned within the cabinet and includes a three-dimensional molded surface with non-uniformly spaced peaks and valleys and a lighting structure. The wall panel extends from a lower end of the compartment area to an upper end of the compartment area. The wall panel separates the compartment area from the refrigeration component and is coextensive with one of the plurality of walls of the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Daniel V. Clements, Rebecca M. Goesling, Mark W. Schulz
  • Patent number: 11917743
    Abstract: An electromagnetic cooking device and method of controlling the same is provided herein. The cooking device includes a cavity in which a food load is placed and a plurality of RF feeds configured to introduce electromagnetic radiation into the cavity for heating the food load. A controller is provided and is configured to: (a) measure resonances in the cavity; (b) generate a resonance map resulting from the measured resonances; (c) conditionally repeat steps (a) and (b); (d) detect a melting state of the food load based on variations between the resonance maps; and (e) adjust a power level of the electromagnetic radiation in response to detection of the melting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignees: Whirlpool Corporation, Panasonic Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Davide Guatta, Valeria Nocella
  • Patent number: 11905638
    Abstract: A method of operating a laundry treating appliance with a combination washer/dryer having a cabinet defining an interior, a tub located within the interior, and a rotatable drum located within the tub interior and defining a treating chamber, and an air recirculation conduit, the method comprising supplying water to the treating chamber, rotating the drum, and draining the water from the laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Marcos Javier Rios Acebal, Eric G. Griswold, Brooke M. Gundersen, Nicholas Leep, Adrian A. Rodriguez, Brian K. Rogers, James B. Sutton, Nicholas B. Vaive
  • Patent number: 11905644
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry according to an automatic cycle of operation includes a cabinet defining a cabinet interior. A drum is rotatable within the cabinet interior, and at least partially defines a treating chamber. The treating chamber has a treating chamber air inlet and a treating chamber air outlet. A drying air circuit is fluidly coupled to the treating chamber air inlet and to the treating chamber air outlet. The laundry treating appliance can include first and second air temperature sensors, at least a first humidity sensor, and a controller operably coupled with the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Roy E. Masters
  • Patent number: 11906379
    Abstract: An insulated structure for an appliance includes a plurality of walls, a cavity defined by the plurality of walls, and an aperture defined by one of the plurality of walls. The aperture is employed in evacuating the cavity to establish a less-than-atmospheric pressure within the cavity. A base structure is coupled to an interior surface of the one of the plurality of walls that defines the aperture. The base structure is aligned with the aperture. A pressure sensor is received by the base structure. The base structure and the pressure sensor together define a pressure-sensing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Sunil Shivaji Ekshinge, Omkar Sunil Mithari, Caroline Paiva Torres, Sanjesh Kumar Pathak, Paul Bennett Allard
  • Patent number: 11910509
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling average power delivered to coils of a flexible induction cooktop having a plurality of coils that are arranged adjacent to one another in a non-overlapping manner to form an array. The method includes: a) identifying a group of the plurality of coils that are underlying one or more cookware items; b) providing power to at least one coil of the group of coils underlying one or more cookware items; and c) at the same time, not providing power to coils of the group of coils underlying the cookware items that are adjacent to the at least one coil to which power is provided to prevent interaction between adjacent coils of the group of coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Andrea Gallivanoni, Cristiano Vito Pastore
  • Patent number: D1014979
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seth E. Bixby, Marcus A. Cannon, Sayer J. Murphy, Jun Young Park, Joel R. Shinaberry
  • Patent number: D1015388
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brittni Pertijs, Jessica R. McConnell, Michael Scott Seeley, Eric Keefer
  • Patent number: D1015654
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Seth E. Bixby, Richard K. Gresens, John W. McConnell, Patrick J. Schiavone, Samuel B. Breneman
  • Patent number: D1015655
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Pugh, Ameresh B. Viswanathan
  • Patent number: D1016105
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Ammerman, Zachary A. Lownds, Jessica McConnell, Michael S. Seeley, Jason W. Tippetts