Patents Assigned to Whirlpool Corporation
  • Patent number: 10398283
    Abstract: 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Mark S. Feddema, Chad T. Vanderroest
  • Patent number: 10398284
    Abstract: In one aspect, a dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and defining an access opening, a dishrack, and a guide rail assembly slidably mounting the dishrack to the tub. The guide rail assembly has a guide rail mounted to the dishrack or to the tub and has at least one wheel which is rotatably mounted onto an integral axle of the guide rail assembly to the other of the dishrack or the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Martin Kenneth Hansen
  • Patent number: 10400491
    Abstract: A hinge cover for a cabinet having a door stopper integrated therewith. The hinge cover includes a main body with a hook-shaped portion along a hinge axis, and a stopper portion that is offset from the hinge axis. When one or more doors are opened about the hinge axis, the stopper portion engages a surface of the door in a stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alexandre Fleig, Prafull Gandhi, Niyaz Ul Haque, Manjur Tamboli
  • Patent number: 10400204
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a food waste recycling appliance having a hollow reservoir which can collect liquid generated during a cycle of operation, drain the collected liquid, and provide an air flow path for the removal of odors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Akshay Bhandari, Thomas L. Burger, Rachel Maghas
  • Patent number: 10401079
    Abstract: 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. Each of the end inserts includes an attachment member. The handle is mounted to a front face of the door through interengagment of the attachment members and base members provided on the door without scratching the surface of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Forrest F. Wing
  • Patent number: 10401081
    Abstract: A refrigerated appliance includes a crossbar assembly disposed above a mounting area. The crossbar assembly includes a hooked portion that is operably coupled to a hook portion of a crossbar adapter. The crossbar adapter further includes a deflecting arm operable between at-rest and flexed positions. A housing includes an upper sidewall with a ramped introductory portion and a stepped snap feature. The deflecting arm of the crossbar adapter moves towards the flexed position from the at-rest position as the ramped introductory portion of the upper sidewall engages the deflecting arm of the crossbar adapter when the housing is received in the mounting area. The deflecting arm of the crossbar adapter resiliently snaps towards the at-rest position from the flexed position when the stepped snap feature of the housing clears a stepped snap feature disposed on the deflecting arm to releasably couple the housing to the crossbar adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Pavan P. Jorapur, Chad J. Rotter, Pradip Varpe, Binil K. Jose
  • Publication number: 20190268977
    Abstract: A microwave oven is provided including a cooking cavity for receiving food to be cooked, at least one microwave source for generating microwave energy inside the cooking cavity, and a supplemental heating system positioned to heat the food. The supplemental heating system includes at least one IR radiation source for generating IR radiation and a metallic mesh screen placed between the at least one IR radiation source and the cooking cavity for spatially distributing the IR radiation to uniformly project into the cooking cavity and minimizing microwave energy field losses. The metallic mesh screen includes a plurality of hexagonal apertures arranged in a honeycomb pattern. The distance between parallel sides of each one of the hexagonal apertures is Ax and the distance between each hexagonal aperture and each adjacent hexagonal aperture is Bx where Ax is less than or equal to about 3 times Bx.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nelson R. Garcia-Polanco, John P. Doyle
  • Publication number: 20190264859
    Abstract: A vacuum insulated structure includes an exterior wrapper with a plurality of sidewalls and at least one liner having a plurality of sidewalls. The liner is received within the exterior wrapper. A thermal bridge interconnects the exterior wrapper and the liner to define an insulating cavity therebetween. The insulating cavity is operable between at-rest and evacuated states. One or more internal chamber structures are disposed in the insulating cavity. Each internal chamber structure includes an interior cavity with a first interior volume when the insulating cavity is in the at-rest state. Each interior cavity further includes a second interior volume when the insulating cavity is in the evacuated state. The second interior volume is greater than the first interior volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Eric J. DHERDE
  • Patent number: 10393371
    Abstract: A burner unit includes first and second burner assemblies supplied with a gas mixture via first and second valves, respectively. A first valve control assembly controls the first and second valves between open and closed positions. Third and fourth burner assemblies of the burner unit are supplied with a gas mixture via third and fourth valves, respectively. A second valve control assembly controls the third and fourth valves between open and closed positions. The first and second valve control assemblies are separate assemblies that are configured to cooperate to simultaneously provide a gas mixture to the first, second, third and fourth burner assemblies in respective high power settings of the first and second valve control assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Victor H. Manrique, Victor Gerardo Caloca, Ana Katia Silva, Tao Geng
  • Patent number: 10396557
    Abstract: A power control device for an electrically powered appliance may selectively switch off one 110 volt input (of two separate 110 volt input lines) of a 220 volt power supply to the appliance during certain periods of operation, in response to a demand-response request. This may adjust operation of one or more components of the appliance, thus adjusting an amount of power consumed by the appliance. A determination of which one, of the two, 110 volt input lines to be switched off may be made based on an analysis of the amount of power consumed by each of the two 110 volt input lines during operation of the appliance. The power control device may be provided at any point between the electrically powered appliance and a power distribution panel distributing power from an external source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Wyndham F. Gary, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10390651
    Abstract: A coffee press apparatus includes an outer container having a cavity with upper and lower portions. A handle assembly extends outwardly from on the outer container and includes a user interface. An inner vessel is disposed in the upper portion of the cavity of the outer container. A scale assembly is coupled to the inner vessel and disposed in the lower portion of the cavity of the outer container. The scale assembly is electrically coupled to the user interface in assembly and configured to weigh the contents of the inner vessel in use. A plunger assembly extends into a cavity of the inner vessel and is slideably received through a lid assembly. The plunger assembly includes a first filter assembly, and the lid assembly includes a second filter assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Beber, Daniel Rellis
  • Patent number: 10393386
    Abstract: A system of gas burners for a cooktop includes a pair of concentric burners made up of an outer burner having a first cup and a first flame divider and an inner burner having a second cup and a second flame divider. The first and second flame dividers having respective first and second apertures to allow an air-gas mixture to escape and positioned to extend parallel to a vertical axis of the burners. The first cup includes a first Venturi element for supplying an air-gas mixture to a first chamber of the first cup. The second cup includes a second Venturi element for supplying an air-gas mixture to a second chamber of the second cup. The first and second Venturi elements are positioned horizontally along respective first and second axes, the first axis being located on an outside of an inner wall of the first cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Alberto Gasparini, Tiziano Lacchè
  • Patent number: 10392739
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a cabinet defining a housing with internal components of a conventional automated clothes washer, a door mounted to the cabinet to selectively open/close the opening to the cabinet, and a dispenser in the form of a fill cup assembly in which single or bulk doses of treating chemistry can be received. The fill cup assembly includes a base cup with at least first and second fluid conduits supplying corresponding destinations, and a selector cup defining a pour zone. The selector cup includes an outlet and rotatable relative to the base cup to selectively fluid couple the outlet to the at least first and second fluid conduits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Ayers, Seth Bixby, Sayer J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10397984
    Abstract: 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. The disclosure is particularly applicable to ranges employing glass cooktops having a periphery designed to rest upon edge portions of a countertop and contemplates various mechanisms to perform the cooktop repositioning function, including select mechanisms for locking, ratcheting and biasing the cooktop to establish a desired vertical position for the cooktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Prashant Ruperee
  • Patent number: 10390682
    Abstract: A dishwasher includes a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving dishes for treatment according to the cycle of operation and having an open face providing access to the treating chamber, a dish holder slidable relative to the tub through the open face between a loading position and a treating position and a light source provided on the dish holder for illuminating dishes contained in the dish holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Tod E. Boyd, Anthony B. Welsh
  • Patent number: 10392740
    Abstract: A clothes dryer having a drum having an inner surface at least partially defining a treating chamber in combination with a dispensing system that sprays a fabric-condition substance onto an inner surface of the drum for subsequent distribution to the fabric articles. The dispensing system may have a variable delivery system to vary the distribution pattern of the fabric-condition substance into the treating chamber. The flow characteristic of the fabric-conditioning substance may also be varied as it is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Fredrick E. Chernetski, Michael T. Dalton, Karl D. McAllister
  • Patent number: D858015
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Seth E. Bixby, Richard K. Gresens, John W. McConnell, Patrick J. Schiavone, Samuel B. Breneman
  • Patent number: D858914
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Seth E. Bixby, Richard K. Gresens, John W. McConnell, Patrick J. Schiavone, Samuel B. Breneman
  • Patent number: D858915
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James Beaudreault, Adam Richard Brown, Lucien Bourbeau, Matthew B. Conn, Gregory A. Ferro, Christopher A. Gregory, Nicholas Koukourakis, Andrew S. Lawrence, Eamon C. Lyons, Mark W. Schulz
  • Patent number: D858916
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Seth E. Bixby, Richard K. Gresens, John W. McConnell, Patrick J. Schiavone, Samuel B. Breneman