With Flow Director Directing Condensate To Retainer Patents (Class 62/288)
  • Patent number: 10969138
    Abstract: A combination drain pan and hanger system, the combination includes a drain pan having a bottom surface; a hanger to support the drain pan under an appliance, the hanger having a support; a bracket to secure to a bottom surface of the appliance; the support is to rest under the drain pan such that the drain pan is positioned under the appliance to catch any water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Miguel Angel Garcia
  • Patent number: 10900676
    Abstract: A dehumidifier is provided, the dehumidifier includes a housing, and a condenser and an evaporator arranged inside of the housing that are each formed into a generally circumferentially extending C shape and arranged to be generally coaxial and aligned with one another. A compressor and a fan are each centrally located in the housing, with the fan located above the compressor. A collection pan is located under the evaporator, and a water tank is located above the condenser, evaporator, and the compressor. A pump is provided to direct the collected water to the water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Premium Home Comfort, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Michael Swanson, Devin Sidell
  • Patent number: 10495370
    Abstract: A cooling coil drain pan for an HVAC air handler unit including a base wall with a plurality of side walls extending upwardly therefrom so as to define a pan cavity into which condensation produced by cooling coils of the HVAC air handler unit collects, the base wall is constructed with a triple slope configuration allowing for the flow of condensation collecting in the cooling coil drain pan from a high point along the base wall to a low point along the base wall for the efficient drainage of the condensation and an underside of the cooling coil drain pan includes cavities filled with insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Jeffrey Kupferberg
  • Patent number: 10415871
    Abstract: An evaporating device includes: an evaporator, a defrost heater, and an evaporation pan, wherein the evaporation pan is made of aluminum and the inner side of the evaporation pan is coated with a surface treatment to improve the melting of ice in the evaporation pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Changwon Eom, Suwon Lee, Chongyoung Park, Minhyuk Lee, Sung Jhee
  • Patent number: 10365010
    Abstract: A dehumidifier has a water receiving tray receiving condensed water of the dehumidifier. The water receiving tray comprises a water tank outlet, a main water outlet arranged outside the casing of the dehumidifier as a whole, the main water outlet being arranged opposite the water tank outlet; a pump used for draining is provided on the bottom of the outside of the water receiving tray, the pump being directly connected with the water receiving tray, eliminating the need of providing a pipe to connect with the dehumidifier pump, therefore reducing the risk of leaking. By connecting the pump with the water receiving tray directly, the pressure loss due to the connection of pipe is eliminated; the drainage capacity of the pump is utilized fully. Without installing or detaching additional pipes during installment or maintenance, operation is easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Jiangsu Yoau Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chengcai Hou, Jun Lu
  • Patent number: 10132553
    Abstract: A drainage system comprising a first bracket having a horizontal structure and one or more vertical structures, a second bracket having a horizontal structure and one or more vertical structures and a drain pan having a plurality of locking mechanisms, each configured to interlock with one of the vertical structures of the first bracket or the second bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Neil D. Booz, Angus B. Latham, Beau G. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10126013
    Abstract: A heat exchange unit includes a heat exchanger, a first drain pan, and a second drain pan. The heat exchanger is configured to cause heat to be exchanged between air and refrigerant. The first drain pan is provided so as to face the heat exchanger and has an opening through which the air flows. The second drain pan is provided so as to face the heat exchanger and is attached to the first drain pan so as to form an L shape in side view together with the first drain pan. The heat exchange unit is installed in an installation state in which the first drain pan is located below the heat exchanger or in an installation state in which the second drain pan is located below the heat exchanger. The second drain pan includes a rib on a facing surface facing the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Keiichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9515358
    Abstract: A condensing system for a battery in a vehicle and a method for condensing moisture in a battery are provided. In one embodiment, the condensing system includes a battery housing, which surrounds a battery interior. At least one battery cell is arranged in the interior. An inlet opening is arranged in the battery housing, for a cooling fluid entering the battery interior. A first outlet opening and a second outlet opening are both arranged in the battery housing. The first outlet opening is in fluid communication with the cooling fluid emerging from the battery interior. A condensing device is arranged in the battery interior and is in fluid communication with the cooling fluid and causes moisture present in the battery interior to condense. The condensed moisture emerges into the environment through the second outlet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Joerg Heyse, Peter Eitner
  • Patent number: 9506680
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ice making apparatus and a refrigerator having the same. The refrigerator includes an ice making tray in which ice cubes are made, an ejector to discharge the ice cubes from the ice making tray, an ice bin to store the ice cubes discharged by the ejector, an auger to move the ice cubes in the ice bin, a first drive unit to provide the ejector with rotational force, a second drive unit to provide the auger with rotational force, an emitter to output optical signals so as to sense whether or not the ice cubes in the ice bin are at a full ice level, and a receiver to receive the optical signals output from the emitter, wherein any one of the emitter and the receiver is installed at the first drive unit, and the other one is installed at the second drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jin Jeong, Do Hyung Kim, Sang Hyun Park, Yong Sung Yoon, Qasim Sarwar Khan, Seung Ah Joo
  • Patent number: 9310121
    Abstract: A high performance refrigerator includes a cabinet with a refrigerated interior and a refrigeration fluid circuit having first and second evaporators located within the cabinet and separated from the refrigerated interior by an insulating cover. The refrigerator also includes a first damper controlling flow from the refrigerated interior into the first evaporator, a second damper controlling flow from the first evaporator to the second evaporator, and a third damper controlling flow from the second evaporator to the refrigerated interior. The first evaporator operates with refrigerant at a lower temperature than the second evaporator such that substantially all frost formed on the first and second evaporators is collected on a first evaporator coil in the first evaporator. Thus, the first evaporator acts as a sacrificial evaporator that undergoes defrost more frequently than the second evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific (Asheville) LLC
    Inventor: Jose R. Bonet
  • Patent number: 9278309
    Abstract: A dehumidifier is disclosed comprising a base, a fast coupler disposed on the base, a water receiving tray, a water collection tank disposed below the water receiving tray, a water discharging tank connected to the water receiving tray, and a pump having an outlet connected to the fast coupler and an inlet connected to the water discharging tank, wherein a water level switch is provided in the water discharging tank and comprises a floater and a closed hollow rod, wherein the floater has a hole for passing through of the rod and a magnet, and the rod has a magnetic field response switch electrically connected with the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignees: Hisense Kelon Electrical Holdings Co. Ltd., Guangdong Kelon Air Conditioning Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yufeng Tan, Wei Tang, Xiaoqin Wei, Minzhu Huang, Bingxiang Liang, Zhongmin Liu
  • Patent number: 9145689
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided for fastening an element on a support surface. The arrangement includes a rail having a lower face, an upper face and a protruding part having a C-profile, the lower face coming into contact with the support surface; a substantially rectangular mounting part having a base plate which defines a lower face and an upper face, the upper face including an anchor; and an element (e.g., siding strip) to be fastened. The element has a lower face including at least one recess arranged to engage with the anchor of the mounting part. The C-profile is open on the upper-face side and defines a profile width and a profile height, and the C-profile is configured to slideably receive the mounting part therein. The rail comprises a toothed surface extending on its upper-face. The mounting part includes at least one stop on the upper face of the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Vetedy S.á.r.l
    Inventor: Patrick Deumer
  • Patent number: 9080786
    Abstract: A secondary condensate drop-front drain pan comprises a drainage basin formed by a main basin portion, an auxiliary basin portion, and sidewalls that extend upwardly around a perimeter of the drain pan from both the main and auxiliary basin portions. The auxiliary basin portion, which is located along a side of the pan, is stepped down relative to the main basin portion. A transition portion between the main and auxiliary basin portions may be flexible or convertible and operative to configure the drain pan between a stepped configuration and a standard or substantially flat configuration. Downwardly extending projections or lugs may descend below the plane of the drainage basin to form notches or saddles for straddling or mounting the drain pan to support beams. The drain pan may be nestably stackable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: J.F.R. Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay F. Rowland
  • Patent number: 9038406
    Abstract: Dehumidifying cooling apparatus and method are provided for an electronics rack. The apparatus includes an air-to-liquid heat exchanger disposed at an air inlet or outlet side of the rack and positioned for air passing through the electronics rack to pass across the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is in fluid communication with a coolant loop for passing coolant therethrough at a temperature below a dew point temperature of the air passing across the heat exchanger so that air passing across the heat exchanger is dehumidified and cooled. A condensate collector, disposed below the heat exchanger, collects liquid condensate from the dehumidifying of air passing through the electronics rack, wherein the heat exchanger includes a plurality of sloped surfaces configured to facilitate drainage of liquid condensate from the heat exchanger to the condensate collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Richard C. Chu, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Robert E. Simons
  • Patent number: 8973390
    Abstract: An indoor unit includes a heat exchanger provided on the downstream side of a fan and formed with a plurality of lower end portions in a vertical cross section from the front side to the back side of a casing, a plurality of drain pans provided below the lower end portions of the heat exchanger and configured to collect drain water occurring on the heat exchanger, and a drain channel provided between the drain pans and configured to be a flow channel of the drain, and a connecting port to which a drain hose configured to drain the drain water collected by the drain pans to the outside of the casing, and one of the drain pans is arranged to a level equal to or higher than the level of the other drain pan, and the drain channel is provided on the drain pan arranged on the back side of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Shirota, Tomoya Fukui, Shoji Yamada, Kenichi Sakoda, Kunihiko Kaga, Takeshi Mori, Satoshi Michihata, Akira Takamori, Shinichi Suzuki, Yoshinori Tanikawa, Takashi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8961708
    Abstract: A condensate management system for an air conditioning condensate drainage system is provided. The condensate management system may comprise an inlet and an outlet; a primary condensate flow path from the inlet to the outlet; a check valve disposed along the primary condensate flow path; a flush path from the inlet to the outlet; a pump coupled to the flush path; and a logic panel configured to actuate the pump to a flushing mode. The check valve may be configured to allow fluid flow from the inlet to the outlet. When the logic panel is configured to actuate the pump to the flushing mode, the pump is configured to exert a negative pressure at the inlet and a positive pressure at the outlet. Other system and methods to flush a condensate drain system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Plexaire, LLC
    Inventors: Stewart Kaiser, William G. Williams
  • Publication number: 20150027158
    Abstract: A system, designed to transport condensed water from the vehicle's air conditioner to the vehicle's windshield washer reservoir that comprises an air conditioner, a reservoir, and tubing. The tubing transports condensed water from the air conditioner to the reservoir. The system may also include a condensed water collection container and a pump. One tube transports the condensed water from the air conditioner to the condensed water collection container, and a second tube transports water from the condensed water collection container to the windshield washer reservoir via the pump. The invention also refers to a kit that comprises two tubes, a condensed water collection container, and a pump and is designed to transport condensed water from the air conditioner to the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Mahmud Ahmad
  • Patent number: 8935929
    Abstract: An HVAC evaporator unit and emergency drain pan are suspended from an existing overhead structure. Plural lateral beams are disposed along a horizontal plane, which support a pair of support beams, which support the HVAC evaporator unit. The beams are connected to each other by plural pivot connectors, which thereby defines a grid arrangement that is foldable about the plural pivot connectors. Plural pan support beams are suspended by pairs of pan hangers, which are connected to the ends the plural lateral beams. Plural flexible hangers are connected to ends of the plural lateral beams, for connection to and suspension from the existing overhead support structure. Hanger clamps are used to adjust the plural flexible hangers to facilitate height adjustment and leveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Richard L. Prater
  • Publication number: 20140202191
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an air-conditioning-apparatus outdoor unit including a socket that can be used in cold climate areas. [Solution] An outdoor unit 100 includes a base plate 12 having a hole 13 and a socket 50 attached to the base plate 12 with a clearance 16 provided between the socket 50 and a lower surface of the base plate 12, the socket 50 communicating with the hole 13 to provide a first drainage path. The clearance 16 functions as a second drainage path for allowing drain water from the hole 13 to be guided out of the outdoor unit 100 when the first drainage path is blocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki JINNAI, Toshiyuki KUBONO, Yoichi TAKATSUKA
  • Publication number: 20140196606
    Abstract: A heat exchanger of a desiccant wheel dehumidifier, disclosed in the disclosure, includes a frame and multiple heat exchange platy tubes. The frame has an air inlet and an air outlet. The multiple heat exchange platy tubes are fixed on the frame and are substantially arranged side by side with each other. Every two of the multiple heat exchange platy tubes adjacent to each other are separated at an interval from each other to form a first flow channel. Each of the multiple heat exchange platy tubes includes a main body and at least one spacing wall. The main body has multiple second flow channels therein. The at least one spacing wall is located between two of the multiple second flow channels adjacent to each other. The air inlet and the air outlet communicate with the multiple second flow channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: NORM PACIFIC AUTOMATION CORP.
    Inventors: Chin-Huan CHEN, Hong-Yang HSU, Chia-Liang LIU
  • Publication number: 20140190197
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes related generally to water conservation systems and more specifically to water vapor recovery systems. In some embodiments the system and apparatus can comprise a collection component coupled with an elongate collection member, a support member and a storage vessel. In some embodiments, the support member can be configured to selectively and/or fixedly couple with the exterior of a structure. However, in alternate embodiments the system and apparatus can be configured to be free standing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph W. Boudeman
  • Patent number: 8769979
    Abstract: An apparatus for draining condensate accumulated by an air handling unit element, the element presenting a footprint area, includes: a substantially unitary plurality of surfaces oriented between a first level and a second level and bounded by a peripheral wall. The first level is generally higher than the second level in an installed orientation. A first surface is situated substantially at the first level and is generally horizontal and presents a generally planar expanse generally coextensive with the footprint area in the installed orientation. A second surface generally extends from the second level at a first end of the apparatus to the first level at two loci separated by the first surface at a second end of the apparatus opposite the first end to orient the first surface in a generally nested relationship with respect to the second surface. At least one third surface joins the first and second surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Lennox Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James Frank Timbs, Christopher D. Beck, John Lawson Bauer, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140130529
    Abstract: A condensate management system for an air conditioning condensate drainage system is provided. The condensate management system may comprise an inlet and an outlet; a primary condensate flow path from the inlet to the outlet; a check valve disposed along the primary condensate flow path; a flush path from the inlet to the outlet; a pump coupled to the flush path; and a logic panel configured to actuate the pump to a flushing mode. The check valve may be configured to allow fluid flow from the inlet to the outlet. When the logic panel is configured to actuate the pump to the flushing mode, the pump is configured to exert a negative pressure at the inlet and a positive pressure at the outlet. Other system and methods to flush a condensate drain system are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Plexaire LLC
    Inventors: Stewart KAISER, William G. Williams
  • Patent number: 8707722
    Abstract: A heat exchanger, having a unit for draining condensed water collected in a lower portion of a heat exchanger core, is provided. The heat exchanger includes an upper header tank and a lower header tank; a plurality of tubes communicating with both the upper header tank and the lower header tank; a plurality of fins provided between neighboring tubes; and a plurality of condensed water drain units provided with respective fitting parts closely fitted onto ends of the tubes, wherein the condensed water drain units drain condensed water, collected in a space defined by the lower header tank, the tubes and the fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: KB Autotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8695368
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed, which is able to more desirably carry out a heat exchange action between a hot pipe and a drain guide pipe, which guides defrosting water. The refrigerator comprises a cool air generating chamber and a machine chamber provided above a main body; a defrosting water tray provided inside the cool air generating chamber; a water collecting tray provided below the main body; a hot pipe connecting a compressor with a condenser through the water collecting tray, the compressor and the condenser being provided in the machine chamber; and a drain guide pipe mounted outside the main body and connected to the defrosting water tray and the water collecting tray to guide the defrosting water discharged from the defrosting water tray to the water collecting tray, wherein the hot pipe is provided inside or outside the drain guide pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jongsoo Yoon, Jonggon Kim
  • Patent number: 8683820
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an air guide that is provided with a defrost water hole and that is inclined toward the defrost water hole. The air guide guides cold air discharged from the cold air fan to a guide duct and also guides, to the defrost water hole, defrost water generated at the cold air fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Youn Seok Lee, Jang Seok Lee, Min Kyu Oh, Kyeong Yun Kim, Su Nam Chae
  • Publication number: 20130291580
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having air conditioning unit with a condensate drain and at least one water reservoir for a water using unit, especially a water injection unit, with an supply line to the water using unit. The motor vehicle allows a solid filling of water reservoir the condensate of the air conditioning unit to be filled into the water reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Barbara Ruhland-Lindner
  • Patent number: 8555668
    Abstract: A condensate water guide unit of an air conditioner for vehicles which collects and drains condensate water, generated on the evaporator, outside the air conditioner is disclosed. The condensate water guide unit includes a plurality of guide pieces for draining condensate water outside the air conditioner, and a support bar, which connects the guide pieces to each other. The guide pieces are in close contact with the lower end of an evaporator. Each guide piece has a guide slot for drawing condensate water formed on the surface of the evaporator, and a water moving passage for draining the drawn condensate water outside the air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Byeong Jun Lee
  • Publication number: 20130186125
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air conditioning system for a cab of an agricultural machine, comprising: an air conditioning unit that comprises an evaporator (23), a blower (25) for generating a reduced pressure in the air conditioning unit and supplying the conditioned air into the cab, a condensate drain unite that comprises a reservoir (6) to which one or more drain pipes (7a, 7b) are connected, which lead to drain pipes (8a, 8b) that can be mounted in upright profile posts of the cab, characterised in that the system further comprises one or more T-junctions (11a, 11b) or similar connection elements, and one or more supplementary pipe elements (10a, 10b), wherein each of the drain pipes (7a, 7b) is connected to an upright drain pipe (8a, 8b) via two branches of a T-junction (11a, 11b), wherein the inlet end of a supplementary pipe element (10a, 10b) is mounted onto the third branch of the T-junction and wherein the outlet end (12a, 12b) of each supplementary pipe element (10a, 10b) is located at the suct
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Tom Devriese, Jan H.W. Raaben, Koen Landuyt
  • Publication number: 20130167563
    Abstract: In order to accomplish the objective of the present invention, according to one embodiment of the present invention, an apparatus for storing ice comprises: a housing which has heat insulation characteristics and the interior of which has a storage space; an ice maker which is accommodated in the housing, and which contains an ice tray for making ice; an ice bin arranged below the ice maker to store the ice made by the ice maker; a transfer member arranged within the ice bin to discharge the ice to the outside of the ice bin; a refrigerating cycle which extends into the housing, and which includes an evaporation unit attached to the outer surface of the ice tray to cool the ice tray; and a control unit which controls the operation of the refrigerating cycle and of the transfer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Taehee Lee, Youngjin Kim, Junsung Lee, Kyunghan Jeong
  • Patent number: 8424320
    Abstract: An air dehumidifier, and a method for dehumidifying, for a frequency converter arrangement including a surface to be cooled, on which humidity condenses when the surface is being cooled and when, at the same time, the inside of the frequency converter cabinet is possibly being heated. The air dehumidifier is positioned inside the frequency converter cabinet and including at least one air/liquid heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: ABB Oy
    Inventor: Jari-Pekka Matsinen
  • Patent number: 8418492
    Abstract: A condenser assembly for a refrigerator includes a condenser arranged in a frame. The condenser is configured for a flow of a refrigerant therethrough. The frame has at least one evaporation tray that is arranged above the condenser and one evaporation tray that is arranged below the condenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Detlef Cieslik, Jochen Härlen, Michaela Malisi, Berthold Pflomm
  • Publication number: 20130067946
    Abstract: A cooling unit includes an evaporator with a cool storage function, and a drain case disposed below the evaporator. Cool storage material containers and outer fins of the evaporator have respective outward projecting portions which project from the refrigerant flow tubes toward the leeward side. The drain case includes a condensed water drain portion which drains condensed water generated on the evaporator from at least one of the lower end of the outward projecting portion of each cool storage material container and the lower end of the outward projecting portion of each outer fin. The cooling unit is preferably used in a refrigeration cycle which constitutes an air conditioning apparatus for a vehicle in which an engine serving as a drive source for a compressor is temporarily stopped when the vehicle is stopped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: KEIHIN THERMAL TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naohisa Higashiyama
  • Publication number: 20130047642
    Abstract: A system for filtering inlet air of an air conditioner air handler, and method of filtering inlet air without a conventional filter, said system is a structure comprising: an air inlet, an air directing structure, a water chamber, positioned within an internal cavity, a structure for directing condensate from an air handler into said water chamber, a drain positioned to impart a maximum water level of water accumulated in said first water chamber; a second air directing structure configured to direct air from said first internal cavity towards an outlet that is affixed to the inlet of an air conditioner air handler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Nivaldo Cerdan
  • Patent number: 8333085
    Abstract: An evaporator, in particular for a motor vehicle air conditioner, is provided that includes at least one block constructed largely of tube elements and rib elements, whereby it is possible for a refrigerant to flow through the tube elements, at least one section of the block being provided with a condensation water overflow protection means, which includes at least one restriction plate, the height of the restriction plate in at least one section being lower than a height in at least one second section adjacent to the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Behr Industry GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Hipp-Kalthoff, Klaus Voigt, Alexander Argento
  • Patent number: 8307669
    Abstract: A heat exchange tube includes a tubular member having a flattened cross-section and extending along a longitudinal axis, and a longitudinally extending condensate drain channel formed in an upper wall of the flattened tubular member. A heat exchanger includes a first and a second spaced apart and generally vertical longitudinally extending headers, a plurality of heat exchange tubes disposed in parallel, spaced relationship in a generally vertical array and extending longitudinally between the first header and the second header, and a condensate drain extending longitudinally along, the upper wall of at least one of the plurality of flattened heat exchange tubes. The condensate drain may comprise a longitudinally extending condensate drain channel formed in an upper wall of said flattened tubular member, and/or a series of condensate drain portals formed in the heat transfer fins in a base portion bounding to the upper external surface of at least one heat exchange tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. Taras, Alexander Lifson
  • Patent number: 8292117
    Abstract: A water holding tank with an approximately rectangular bottom wall and four side walls that are connected respectively to the sides of the bottom wall, each side wall has number of upper support platforms that are arranged periodically along one side of the bottom wall, a number of lower support platforms that are arranged alternately relative to the upper support platforms at a distance from the bottom wall, and a number of connecting walls, whereby each connecting wall connects an upper support platform to a lower support platform while leaving open a passage for water, in which the upper support platforms of a side wall are arranged in mirror positions of the lower support platforms of the opposite side wall relative to a 180° rotation and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Aliaxis Participations
    Inventors: Philippe Guibert, Fabien Yvai, Stephane Kugener, Tony Calton
  • Patent number: 8230613
    Abstract: A clothes treating apparatus is disclosed. The clothes treating apparatus includes a cabinet in which an accommodating space for receiving clothes is defined, a steam generator for generating steam to be supplied into the accommodating space, and a supply unit for supplying the steam, generated in the steam generator, into the receiving space and collecting water condensed from the steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Wook Moon, Dae Yun Park, Sog Kie Hong, Jong Seok Kim, Seung Gyu Ryu, Hye Yong Park, Chang Gyu Choi, Dong Won Kim
  • Publication number: 20120159973
    Abstract: The invention provides a condensate drain assembly comprising one or more reservoirs, a conduit, and a port defining an inlet to a drip channel. The reservoir is preferably constructed to have a floor that is shaped in a manner that allows the collected condensate to be directed to the conduit. For example, the floor may be partially concave and defined by a highest point at an inside wall of the reservoir that is about opposite to the entrance to the conduit and a lowest point at a bottom of the entrance to the conduit. Additionally, the floor at the entrance to the conduit may be further defined by a cone that is open at a top and a side entering the conduit to allow the condensate to be funneled to the conduit from the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Donald Kirner, Joan M. Kirner
  • Publication number: 20120117998
    Abstract: A condensed water and defrosted water treatment structure for use in a refrigerator is provided. One drain hose can be employed regardless of the number of evaporators, thereby obtaining a cost-down effect in manufacturing refrigerators. In addition, an inflow of ambient air into an evaporator through a drain hose can he prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Jeong-Won Yoo
  • Patent number: 8161761
    Abstract: A self-contained climate control system for simultaneous temperature and humidity control in a wine cellar includes a refrigeration system having a conventional vapor-compression system including a condensate drip tray with over-flow passages. A programmable controller with a temperature sensor turns the compressor on and off by responding to the temperature sensor to regulate the air temperature in the wine cellar. The programmable controller keeps the system fans running after the compressor stops to cause evaporation of the water in the drip tray, restoring the moisture to the wine cellar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Vinotemp International Corporation
    Inventor: Haoming Shao
  • Publication number: 20120031134
    Abstract: An indoor unit includes a heat exchanger provided on the downstream side of a fan and formed with a plurality of lower end portions in a vertical cross section from the front side to the back side of a casing, a plurality of drain pans provided below the lower end portions of the heat exchanger and configured to collect drain water occurring on the heat exchanger, and a drain channel provided between the drain pans and configured to be a flow channel of the drain, and a connecting port to which a drain hose configured to drain the drain water collected by the drain pans to the outside of the casing, and one of the drain pans is arranged to a level equal to or higher than the level of the other drain pan, and the drain channel is provided on the drain pan arranged on the back side of the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Shirota, Tomoya Fukui, Shoji Yamada, Kenichi Sakoda, Kunihiko Kaga, Takeshi Mori, Satoshi Michihata, Akira Takamori, Shinichi Suzuki, Yoshinori Tanikawa, Takashi Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20120017623
    Abstract: A refrigerator is disclosed, which is able to more desirably carry out a heat exchange action between a hot pipe and a drain guide pipe, which guides defrosting water. The refrigerator comprises a cool air generating chamber and a machine chamber provided above a main body; a defrosting water tray provided inside the cool air generating chamber; a water collecting tray provided below the main body; a hot pipe connecting a compressor with a condenser through the water collecting tray, the compressor and the condenser being provided in the machine chamber; and a drain guide pipe mounted outside the main body and connected to the defrosting water tray and the water collecting tray to guide the defrosting water discharged from the defrosting water tray to the water collecting tray, wherein the hot pipe is provided inside or outside the drain guide pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongsoo YOON, Jonggon KIM
  • Publication number: 20110289943
    Abstract: A condensate collection system or arrangement for use in combination an energy recovery system of a paint booth arrangement comprises upper and lower baffle arrangements axially staggered relative to one another. The upper baffle arrangement comprises a series of parallel, diversion structures, and the lower baffle arrangement comprises a series of parallel trough structures. The trough structures are staggered relative to the diversion structures such that an upwardly directed air stream is directed through the trough and diversion structures into the energy recovery system. Condensate, formed via the energy recovery system, is directed from the energy recovery system through spacing the diversion structures into the trough structures. The trough structures are in fluid communication with a common outlet that directs the condensate stream away from the condensate collection system. Certain condensate collection methodology is further contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Geoff A. Raifsnider
  • Patent number: 8061156
    Abstract: There is disclosed a cooling device capable of simplifying attachment of a blower for a condenser and a structure of a drain path from an evaporator, and the cooling device includes a condenser constituting a part of a refrigerant circuit, a condenser blower which air-cools this condenser, and a fan casing attached to the condenser and provided with the condenser blower. The fan casing is integrally provided with a bracket part for attaching a motor of the condenser blower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koji Hayase
  • Patent number: 8006510
    Abstract: In an indoor equipment of an air conditioner in which a heat exchanger, a blower, and a drain pan receiving a drain water having been condensed at mentioned heat exchanger below the heat exchanger are contained in an internal part of the indoor equipment housing including an air inlet and an air outlet; and a back portion of the drain pan is faced to an air flow path communicating with mentioned air outlet, and a stabilizer is disposed at an end portion on the upstream side of the air flow path of this drain pan, the drain pan 4 is integrally formed of a drain pan body 41 and a stabilizer portion 42 by injection molding; and a concave portion 40 is formed on the air flow path side in the vicinity of the boundary between the drain pan body and the stabilizer portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Teruo Miyamoto, Mitsuhiro Shirota, Isao Okano, Masahiro Motooka, Tetsuya Tazawa, Shinsuke Nakahata, Yohei Kawahara
  • Patent number: 7992401
    Abstract: An evaporator includes a plurality of flat heat exchange tubes arranged in a left-right direction at a spacing with the widthwise direction thereof pointing forward or rearward, and fins arranged between respective adjacent pairs of heat exchange tubes. The fins have at least front edges thereof projected forwardly outward beyond the heat exchange tubes. Assuming that the amount of projection of the fins beyond the heat exchange tubes is X mm and that the heat exchange tubes are Y mm in thickness in the left-right direction, i.e., in height, X and Y have the relationship of 0.11Y?X?1.0Y. The surfaces of the fins can be drained of condensation water efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Showa Denko K.K.
    Inventor: Naohisa Higashiyama
  • Publication number: 20110179817
    Abstract: A cold appliance comprising a cooling module (102) and a cabinet (101) comprising a cold compartment (104). The cooling module comprises an air outlet (43) delivering cooled air to the cold compartment and an air inlet (44) receiving air from the cold compartment. The cooling module is arranged at the bottom of the cold appliance, and comprises a cold section (34), and a warm section (35), which is separated from the cold section by an insulating wall (105). An evaporator (33) is arranged in the cold section, and a compressor (36) and a condenser (32) is arranged in the warm section. The condenser comprises a condenser tube (32), which is arranged in windings on or integrated in a bottom plate (31) of the cooling module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET ELECTROLUX
    Inventors: Bernt Andersson, Klas Andersson
  • Publication number: 20110107783
    Abstract: A channel closure means for a defrosting water channel of a refrigeration unit, such as a NoFrost refrigeration unit, is provided, wherein the channel closure means is water-soluble. Further, a defrosting water channel of a refrigeration unit is provided, wherein the defrosting water channel includes a channel closure means. In addition, a refrigeration unit, such as a NoFrost refrigeration unit is provided, wherein the refrigeration unit has a defrosting water channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Bischofberger, Martin Buchstab, Hans Ihle
  • Publication number: 20110048039
    Abstract: A system of managing water production in a vehicle. The system comprises a water conducting element set to receive and conduct water generated as a product of an operation of a vehicle air conditioner of the vehicle to a water container, a gauge that measures the amount of water in the water container, and a manager that receives the measurement and instructs the operation accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: Water-Gen Ltd.
    Inventors: Arye Kohavi, Avi Peretz