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EP2426444B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP2426444B1
Publication date: 2019-04-17
Application number: 11177844.5
Filing date: 2011-08-17
Inventor: Besore, John K.  
Abstract: An appliance such as a refrigerator (100) receives a demand response signal indicating a peak demand period and operates the refrigerator in an energy savings mode by disabling an anti-sweat heater. A sensor (180) on an external surface of the refrigerator enables the anti-sweat heater during the peak demand period if moisture is detected by the sensor. A preselected location (170) can be defined where incipient moisture would form such as reducing the amount of insulation in this location. By forming a depression in the location and using an impedance-type sensor, moisture can be easily detected. The sensor signal is sent to the controller which then activates the anti-sweat heater to remove the moisture. An appliance such as a refrigerator (100) receives a demand response signal indicating a peak demand period and operates the refrigerator in an energy savings mode by disabling an anti-sweat heater. A sensor (180) on an external surface of the refrigerator enables the anti-sweat ...more ...less
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US2019170420A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019170420A1
Publication date: 2019-06-06
Application number: 15/828,724
Filing date: 2017-12-01
Abstract: An ice maker includes a mold cavity. The mold cavity extends between a floor and an opening along a longitudinal axis. A first arm and a second arm are connected to opposite sides of an ejector pad and extend upward from the ejector pad. The ejector pad is movable via the first and second arms between a low position and a high position and can eject ice from the mold cavity when the ejector pad moves from the low position to the high position. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided. An ice maker includes a mold cavity. The mold cavity extends between a floor and an opening along a longitudinal axis. A first arm and a second arm are connected to opposite sides of an ejector pad and extend upward from the ejector pad. The ejector pad is movable via the first ...more ...less
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EP2407838B1
Publication/Patent Number: EP2407838B1
Publication date: 2019-05-08
Application number: 11173554.4
Filing date: 2011-07-12
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US10345024B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10345024B2
Publication date: 2019-07-09
Application number: 15/828,724
Filing date: 2017-12-01
Abstract: An ice maker includes a mold cavity. The mold cavity extends between a floor and an opening along a longitudinal axis. A first arm and a second arm are connected to opposite sides of an ejector pad and extend upward from the ejector pad. The ejector pad is movable via the first and second arms between a low position and a high position and can eject ice from the mold cavity when the ejector pad moves from the low position to the high position. A related refrigerator appliance is also provided. An ice maker includes a mold cavity. The mold cavity extends between a floor and an opening along a longitudinal axis. A first arm and a second arm are connected to opposite sides of an ejector pad and extend upward from the ejector pad. The ejector pad is movable via the first ...more ...less
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US10281190B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10281190B2
Publication date: 2019-05-07
Application number: 15/428,211
Filing date: 2017-02-09
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. An evaporator is positioned within an evaporator chamber and a diverter assembly is configured for selectively directing cooled air from the evaporator chamber into the freezer chamber. The diverter assembly includes a diverter housing defining a plenum chamber and a damper pivotally mounted within the plenum chamber for selectively directing the cooled air through a first outlet into the first compartment and a second outlet into the second compartment. Diverter assembly may further include a fan for urging cooled air through the plenum chamber. A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. An evaporator is positioned within an evaporator chamber and a diverter assembly is configured for selectively directing cooled air ...more ...less
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US10317127B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10317127B2
Publication date: 2019-06-11
Application number: 15/716,589
Filing date: 2017-09-27
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance including a drawer assembly is included herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, as well as a door attached to the cabinet movable between a closed position and an open position. The drawer assembly may be disposed within the chilled chamber. Moreover, the drawer assembly may include a drawer frame and a forward panel, as described herein. A refrigerator appliance including a drawer assembly is included herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, as well as a door attached to the cabinet movable between a closed position and an open position. The drawer assembly may be ...more ...less
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US2019093940A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019093940A1
Publication date: 2019-03-28
Application number: 15/716,589
Filing date: 2017-09-27
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance including a drawer assembly is included herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, as well as a door attached to the cabinet movable between a closed position and an open position. The drawer assembly may be disposed within the chilled chamber. Moreover, the drawer assembly may include a drawer frame and a forward panel, as described herein. A refrigerator appliance including a drawer assembly is included herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, as well as a door attached to the cabinet movable between a closed position and an open position. The drawer assembly may be ...more ...less
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US10288340B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10288340B2
Publication date: 2019-05-14
Application number: 15/428,222
Filing date: 2017-02-09
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. A first evaporator cover is positioned within the first compartment to define a first evaporator chamber and a second evaporator cover is positioned within the second compartment to define a second evaporator chamber. A crossover duct is defined in the mullion for providing fluid communication between the first evaporator chamber and the second evaporator chamber. A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. A first evaporator cover is positioned within the first compartment to define a first evaporator chamber and a second evaporator ...more ...less
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US10274242B2
Publication/Patent Number: US10274242B2
Publication date: 2019-04-30
Application number: 15/428,200
Filing date: 2017-02-09
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. A refrigeration system includes a single evaporator coil having a first evaporator section in series with a second evaporator section. The first evaporator section is positioned in the first freezer compartment to maintain the temperature in that compartment at a fixed, low temperature (e.g., 0° F.). The second evaporator section is positioned in the second freezer compartment which is a “convertible” compartment capable of maintaining temperatures between the freezer and fresh food compartment temperatures (e.g., between about 0° F. and 37° F.). A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. A refrigeration system includes a single evaporator coil having a first evaporator section in series with a second evaporator ...more ...less
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US2019316826A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2019316826A1
Publication date: 2019-10-17
Application number: 15/952,319
Filing date: 2018-04-13
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet that defines a chilled chamber including a fresh food portion a freezer portion. A door is rotatably mounted to the cabinet at a front portion of the chilled chamber. The door rotates between a closed position where the door sealingly encloses the fresh food portion and the freezer portion of the chilled chamber and an open position to permit access to the fresh food portion and the freezer portion of the chilled chamber. The door also includes an outer casing comprising a thermally insulated wall that defines a freezer chamber and a front panel rotatably mounted to the outer casing of the door such that the front panel of the door permits access to the freezer chamber. A refrigerator appliance includes a cabinet that defines a chilled chamber including a fresh food portion a freezer portion. A door is rotatably mounted to the cabinet at a front portion of the chilled chamber. The door rotates between a closed position where the door sealingly ...more ...less
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US9976792B2
Publication/Patent Number: US9976792B2
Publication date: 2018-05-22
Application number: 13/949,867
Filing date: 2013-07-24
Inventor: Besore, John K  
Abstract: An energy saving defrost control system for an electromechanically controlled refrigerator. The system includes a defrost timer adapted to control a compressor according to an established run time, a defrost heater control operatively connected to the defrost timer and configured to activate a defrost heater in response to a timeout by the defrost timer, a demand side management module responsive to demand state signals from an associated utility indicative of at least a peak demand and an off peak demand state, and a time delay latching relay having a timer and configured to switch to one of a low position and a high position based on the demand state signal. An energy saving defrost control system for an electromechanically controlled refrigerator. The system includes a defrost timer adapted to control a compressor according to an established run time, a defrost heater control operatively connected to the defrost timer and ...more ...less
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US2018106523A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2018106523A1
Publication date: 2018-04-19
Application number: 15/294,881
Filing date: 2016-10-17
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a user interface, an environmental control system, a plurality of compartments disposed within the food storage chamber, each compartment of the plurality of compartments defining a food storage sub-chamber, at least one of the food storage sub-chambers having independently controlled environmental conditions, the independently controlled environmental conditions of the at least one food storage sub-chamber comprising temperature and humidity, at least one sensor associated with each food storage sub-chamber having independently controlled environmental conditions, and a controller in operative communication with the user interface, the environmental control system, and the at least one sensor, the controller operable to identify a food item, determine preferred environmental conditions for storage of the identified food item, and provide an indication of which of the food storage sub-chambers most closely matches the determined preferred storage conditions. A refrigerator appliance includes a user interface, an environmental control system, a plurality of compartments disposed within the food storage chamber, each compartment of the plurality of compartments defining a food storage sub-chamber, at least one of the food storage ...more ...less
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US2018335242A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2018335242A1
Publication date: 2018-11-22
Application number: 15/597,209
Filing date: 2017-05-17
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance includes a freezer chamber divided into multiple compartments, such as e.g., a first compartment and a second compartment. The refrigerator appliance includes features for conditioning the compartments. In particular, the refrigerator appliance includes features for selectively adjusting the temperature within one of the compartments while maintaining the temperature within the other compartment(s). A refrigerator appliance includes a freezer chamber divided into multiple compartments, such as e.g., a first compartment and a second compartment. The refrigerator appliance includes features for conditioning the compartments. In particular, the refrigerator appliance includes ...more ...less
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US10161667B1
Publication/Patent Number: US10161667B1
Publication date: 2018-12-25
Application number: 15/813,219
Filing date: 2017-11-15
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having a defrost chamber is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, a defrost drawer housing, and a pair of electromagnetic electrodes. The defrost drawer housing may be mounted within the chilled chamber and define the defrost chamber for the receipt of a food item. The pair of electromagnetic electrodes may be spaced apart along a vertical direction within the drawer housing. Each electromagnetic electrode may include a first heating ring and a second heating ring that is larger than the first heating ring. Each electromagnetic electrode may also include a conductive path and an electrical restrictor element. The conductive path may extend between the first heating ring and the second heating ring. The electrical restrictor element may be coupled to the conductive path and selectively permit a current therethrough. A refrigerator appliance having a defrost chamber is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, a defrost drawer housing, and a pair of electromagnetic electrodes. The defrost drawer housing may be mounted within the chilled ...more ...less
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US2018224185A1
Publication/Patent Number: US2018224185A1
Publication date: 2018-08-09
Application number: 15/428,211
Filing date: 2017-02-09
Abstract: A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. An evaporator is positioned within an evaporator chamber and a diverter assembly is configured for selectively directing cooled air from the evaporator chamber into the freezer chamber. The diverter assembly includes a diverter housing defining a plenum chamber and a damper pivotally mounted within the plenum chamber for selectively directing the cooled air through a first outlet into the first compartment and a second outlet into the second compartment. Diverter assembly may further include a fan for urging cooled air through the plenum chamber. A refrigerator appliance is provided including a freezer chamber divided into a first compartment and a second compartment by a removable mullion. An evaporator is positioned within an evaporator chamber and a diverter assembly is configured for selectively directing cooled air ...more ...less