US Pat. No. 9,404,287

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING APPLIANCE DOOR STATUS

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1. A control system for an appliance, the control system comprising:
a door lock latch movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, the door lock latch configured to prevent opening
of an appliance door when in the locked position;

a latch motor configured to drive the door lock latch between the locked position and the unlocked position;
a motor feedback associated with at least one motor switch providing a signal indicative of a state of the latch motor;
a door switch coupled in series with the motor feedback; and
a controller which detects a change in an output signal from the door switch coupled in series with the motor feedback, determines
whether the change in the output signal was caused by the motor feedback associated with the at least one motor switch or
the door switch coupled in series with the motor feedback based at least in part on at least one latch command associated
with the latch motor, and determines a state of the appliance door based at least in part on whether the change in the output
signal was caused by the motor feedback or the door switch.

US Pat. No. 9,408,294

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLIES PROVIDING FAULT DETECTION

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14. A printed circuit board assembly comprising:
a substrate layer supporting one or more components on a first surface and having one or more solder pins on a second surface,
the one or more solder pins being associated with the one or more components;

a non-conductive layer adjacent to the second surface of the substrate layer;
a conductive layer adjacent to the non-conductive layer and connected to a ground;
a foam layer adjacent to the conductive layer; and
a mounting surface, wherein the foam layer is compressed between the mounting surface and the conductive layer so as to apply
pressure to the conductive layer that influences the conductive layer towards the second surface of the substrate layer;

wherein the non-conductive layer decomposes at elevated temperatures associated with a high resistance connection, a failure
of the one or more components, or an arc tracking event; and

wherein decomposition of the non-conductive layer allows electrical connection between the one or more solder pins and the
conductive layer, thereby grounding the one or more components.

US Pat. No. 9,528,709

LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR AN OVEN APPLIANCE

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1. An oven appliance comprising:
a cabinet comprising a first wall at least partially defining a cooking chamber configured for receipt of items to be cooked,
the first wall further defining an opening; and

a lighting system having at least a portion positioned adjacent to the opening defined by the first wall of the cabinet, the
lighting system including

a light source positioned outside the cooking chamber and spaced from the opening in the first wall of the cabinet;
an optical feature extending between the light source and the opening defined by the first wall of the cabinet for directing
light from the light source into the cooking chamber through the opening in the first wall when the lighting system is activated;
and

a heat sink in thermal communication with the light source, wherein the heat sink is positioned at least partially within
a cooling duct of the oven appliance such that the heat sink is exposed to a cooling airflow during operation of the oven
appliance.

US Pat. No. 9,518,761

HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER APPLIANCE

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1. A water heater appliance, comprising:
a casing;
a tank disposed within the casing, the tank defining an interior volume;
a sealed system configured for heating water within the interior volume of the tank, the sealed system having a compressor
disposed within the casing at a top portion of the casing;

a plate disposed within the casing at the top portion of the casing, the plate having a top surface and a bottom surface;
and

a mounting assembly coupling the compressor to the plate, the mounting assembly comprising
a bracket positioned on the bottom surface of the plate;
a post positioned at the top surface of the plate, the post extending through a foot of the compressor;
a grommet extending about the post, the grommet positioned between the plate and the foot of the compressor on the post, a
leg of the grommet extending through the foot of the compressor such that the leg of the grommet is positioned between the
foot of the compressor and the post;

a fastener extending through the bracket and the plate into the post in order to secure the bracket and the post together;
and

a nut threaded onto the post at a threaded portion of the post in order to secure the post and the foot of the compressor
together;

a washer positioned on the threaded portion of the post, the washer extending between the nut and the leg of the grommet,
the nut compressing the leg of the grommet between the nut and the foot of the compressor, the washer and a cylinder portion
of the post spaced apart by a gap within the leg of the grommet.

US Pat. No. 9,521,708

OVEN RANGE APPLIANCE

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1. An oven range appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction and a transverse direction, the vertical, lateral
and transverse directions being mutually perpendicular, the oven range appliance comprising:
a cabinet that defines a cooking chamber, the cabinet extending between a first side and a second side along the lateral direction,
the cabinet also extending between a front and a back along the transverse direction, the cabinet having a continuous frame
positioned above the cooking chamber along the vertical direction, the continuous frame having a first leg, a second leg and
a third leg, the first leg of the continuous frame positioned above the first side of the cabinet along the vertical direction
and extending from the front of the cabinet towards the back of the cabinet along the transverse direction, the second leg
of the continuous frame positioned above the second side of the cabinet along the vertical direction and extending from the
front of the cabinet towards the back of the cabinet along the transverse direction, the third leg of the continuous frame
positioned above the front of the cabinet along the vertical direction and extending between the first and second legs of
the continuous frame along the lateral direction;

a ceramic panel mounted to the continuous frame such that the ceramic panel is positioned completely above the continuous
frame along the vertical direction, the ceramic panel extending between a first side edge and a second side edge along the
lateral direction, the first side edge of the ceramic panel positioned above the first leg of the continuous frame along the
vertical direction and inset from an outer surface of the first leg along the lateral direction, the second side edge of the
ceramic panel positioned above the second leg of the continuous frame along the vertical direction and inset from an outer
surface of the second leg along the lateral direction, the ceramic panel also extending between a front edge and a back edge
along the transverse direction, the front edge of the ceramic panel positioned above the third leg of the continuous frame
along the vertical direction and inset from an outer surface of the third leg along the transverse direction,

wherein the first and second side edges of the ceramic panel and the front edge of the ceramic panel are exposed such that
the first and second side edges of the ceramic panel and the front edge of the ceramic panel are visible.

US Pat. No. 9,518,774

ICE MAKING APPLIANCE

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1. An ice making appliance, comprising:
a cabinet;
a first ice maker positioned within the cabinet and configured for producing a first type of ice;
a second ice maker positioned within the cabinet and configured for producing a second type of ice, the first and second types
of ice being different;

a sealed system comprising an evaporator, the evaporator configured for generating chilled air during operation of the sealed
system;

a first supply duct having an inlet positioned for receiving the chilled air from the evaporator, the first supply duct extending
from the inlet of the first supply duct to the first ice maker in order to direct the chilled air from the evaporator to the
first ice maker;

a second supply duct having an inlet positioned for receiving the chilled air from the evaporator, the second supply duct
extending from the inlet of the second supply duct to the second ice maker in order to direct the chilled air from the evaporator
to the second ice maker;

a first return duct that extends from the first ice maker to about the evaporator; and
a second return duct that extends from the second ice maker to about the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 9,518,354

CLOTHES DRYER WITH IMPROVED MOISTURE SENSING AND WIRELESS DATA TRANSFER

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1. A clothes dryer, comprising:
a cabinet;
a drum rotatably mounted within the cabinet, the drum defining a space for the receipt of clothes for drying;
a controller for controlling operation of the clothes dryer;
a plurality of sensors positioned within the drum, wherein the plurality of sensors respectively output a plurality of output
signals indicative of an amount of moisture contained within the clothes;

a near field communication (NFC) tag positioned on an exterior surface of the drum and wired to receive the output signals
from the plurality of sensors;

a power supply electrically connected to the plurality of sensors so as to provide electrical power to the plurality of sensors;
and

an NFC reader positioned exterior to the drum, wherein the NFC reader receives sensor data from the NFC tag and provides the
sensor data to the controller, such that the controller can control operation of the clothes dryer based on the amount of
moisture contained within the clothes;

wherein the plurality of sensors, the NFC tag, and the power supply are secured with respect to the drum so as rotate concurrently
with the drum; and

wherein the NFC reader is stationary and positioned adjacent to a rotational path of the NFC tag.

US Pat. No. 9,462,683

APPLIANCE USING COLORED MATERIAL FOR APPEARANCE OF DESIRED COLOR LIGHT ON USER INTERFACE

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1. A user interface assembly for a cooktop appliance, comprising:
a cooking panel comprising a transparent material having a first color;
a first printed circuit board spaced apart from the cooking panel, the first printed circuit board comprising a light source;
a second printed circuit board disposed between the cooking panel and the first printed circuit board; and
a light transmissive layer disposed between the cooking panel and the light source, the light transmissive layer comprising
a support substrate having a first surface facing the cooking panel and a second surface facing the light source, and
a colored ink covering at least a portion of the support substrate, the colored ink having a second color configured such
that light from the light source passing through the colored ink and the cooking panel appears a desired color to a user of
the user interface assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,513,047

DOOR MODULE ASSEMBLY FOR A REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE

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1. A door module assembly for a refrigerator door of a refrigerator appliance, the door module assembly comprising:
a mounting bracket configured to be removably coupled to the refrigerator door to allow the mounting bracket to be moveable
between a plurality of mounting locations defined along a height of the refrigerator door, the mounting bracket including
a first bracket sidewall and a second bracket sidewall, the first bracket sidewall being spaced apart from the second bracket
sidewall so as to define an open bracket volume between the first and second bracket sidewalls;

a door tray configured to be at least partially received within the open bracket volume, the door tray including a first tray
sidewall, a second tray sidewall, a front tray wall and a rear tray wall, the door tray further including a bottom tray wall
and an open-ended top so as to define an open tray volume between the first and second tray sidewalls and between the front
and rear tray walls that extends vertically upward from the bottom tray wall, the open tray volume at least partially defining
a vertical storage height for storing refrigerated items that extend from the bottom tray wall to a location vertically above
the open-ended top of the door tray; and

at least one translation device configured in operative association with adjacent walls of the mounting bracket and the door
tray, the at least one translation device comprising:

first and second bracket rollers, the first bracket roller being coupled to the first bracket sidewall and being received
within a first tray slot extending along the first tray sidewall, the second bracket roller being coupled to the second bracket
sidewall and being received within a second tray slot extending along the second tray sidewall; and

first and second tray rollers, the first tray roller being coupled to the first tray sidewall and being received within a
first bracket slot extending along the first bracket sidewall, the second tray roller being coupled to the second tray sidewall
and being received within a second bracket slot extending along the second bracket sidewall;

wherein the at least one translation device is configured such that the door tray is movable relative to the mounting bracket
in a horizontal direction between a retracted position, wherein the front tray wall is spaced apart from a forward edge of
the first and second bracket sidewalls by a first distance, and an extended position, wherein the front tray wall is spaced
apart from the forward edge by a second distance that is greater than the first distance,

wherein the open tray volume defined by the door tray is accessible when the door tray is in both the retracted position and
the extended position, the open tray volume being exposed to an open interior of the refrigerator appliance when the door
tray is in the retracted position and the refrigerator door is closed.

US Pat. No. 9,554,421

OVEN APPLIANCE HAVING RESISTIVE TOUCHSCREEN AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME

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1. An oven appliance, comprising:
a cooking assembly, the cooking assembly comprising a heating element;
a user interface panel, the user interface panel comprising a resistive touchscreen operable to transmit electrical signals;
a temperature sensor positioned within the user interface panel; and
a controller in communication with the resistive touchscreen and the heating element, the controller operable to receive the
electrical signals, select a calibration set based on a temperature-related operating condition, and interpret the electrical
signals from the resistive touchsereen based on the selected calibration set,

wherein the temperature-related operating condition is a local temperature measured by the temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,603,202

INDUCTION COOKING APPLIANCE AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING SAME

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1. An induction cooking appliance, the induction cooking appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and
a transverse direction, the vertical, lateral and transverse directions each perpendicular to each other, comprising:
a cooktop having an upper surface and an opposing lower surface;
an induction element positioned below the cooktop in the vertical direction, the induction element contacting the lower surface
of the cooktop;

a mount bracket connected to the lower surface of the cooktop; and
a mount plate connected to the mount bracket and positioned below the induction element in the vertical direction, the mount
plate comprising a first plate and a second plate, the first plate extending within a plane defined by the lateral direction
and the transverse direction, the second plate extending in the vertical direction below the first plate and away from the
cooktop, the induction element connected to the first plate of the mount plate in a non-biased engagement with the lower surface
of the cooktop.

US Pat. No. 9,526,399

ROLLER ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

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1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:
a cabinet that includes a wash chamber;
a rack assembly received into the wash chamber, said rack assembly comprising a bottom wall, said rack assembly constructed
from a plurality of elongated members extending along lateral, vertical, and transverse directions and configured for receipt
of articles for washing;

a plurality of roller assemblies attached to the bottom wall of said rack assembly, each said roller assembly comprising:
a plurality of primary axles, each of said primary axles having a cylindrically-shaped outer surface portion and an opening;
a plurality of secondary axles, where each of said secondary axles is received within the opening of one of said primary axles;
a carrier from which at least two of said primary axles project;
a cover attached to said carrier, wherein at least two of said secondary axles project from said cover;
a first tapered groove defined by said cover;
a first tapered finger projecting from said carrier and received in a complementary manner into said first tapered groove,
wherein said first tapered groove and said first tapered finger together define a first channel into which a first elongated
member of the appliance is received;

a second tapered groove defined by said cover;
a second tapered finger projecting from said carrier and received in a complementary manner into said second tapered groove,
wherein said second tapered groove and said second tapered finger together define a second channel into which a second elongated
member of the appliance is received, and wherein said second channel has a width along the transverse direction that is greater
than a corresponding width of said first channel along the transverse direction; and

a plurality of rollers, each one of said rollers carried upon the outer surface portion of one of said primary axles, wherein
each said roller has a first side and a second side spaced apart along an axial direction, and wherein each said roller further
comprises:

a cylindrical portion having an exterior surface and an interior surface, the interior surface defining a bore extending along
the axial direction of said roller; and

a first roller contact surface positioned at the first side of said roller and projecting from the interior surface of the
cylindrical portion inwardly along a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,491,809

INDUCTION COOKTOP APPLIANCE

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1. An induction cooktop appliance, comprising:
an induction heating coil;
a metal top panel having a top surface and a bottom surface positioned opposite the top surface, the top surface of said metal
top panel configured for supporting cooking utensils, the metal top panel positioned above said induction heating coil with
the bottom surface facing the induction heating coil and the top surface facing away from the induction heating coil, said
metal top panel also defining an opening configured for defining a predetermined tortuous eddy current path in the metal top
panel based on dimensions of the opening, the opening located above said induction heating coil, the opening extending entirely
though said metal top panel from the top surface of said metal top panel to the bottom surface of said metal top panel along
a vertical direction, the opening defining a radial direction and a circumferential direction, the opening having a plurality
of slots that extend along the radial direction, the plurality of slots being spaced apart from one another along the circumferential
direction, a first portion of the opening directly overlies the induction heating coil and a second portion of the opening
extends radially beyond the induction heating coil,

wherein the metal top panel consists of a uniform metal material.

US Pat. No. 9,485,805

NETWORK ADDRESS TRANSLATION FOR ZIGBEE™/802.15.4 BRIDGES

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1. A method for addressing between a first device on a first network and a second device on a second network using a network
bridging device, the first and second networks being physically different networks, comprising:
discovering the first device on the first network;
creating a virtual endpoint for the first device based at least in part on a predetermined actual endpoint of the first device;
storing the actual endpoint of the first device in a first portion of a network translation table associated with the first
network, and storing the created virtual endpoint for the first device in a second portion of the network translation table
associated with the second network;

detecting, in the network bridging device, a communication packet sent from the second network;
determining if an endpoint identified in the communication packet is stored as a virtual endpoint in the network translation
table; and, if so

identifying an address of the device on the first network associated with the virtual endpoint stored in the network address
translation table; and

transmitting the communication packet to the device address associated with the endpoint on the first network.

US Pat. No. 9,534,339

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE DISPENSING CUP WITH PUMP

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1. A washing machine appliance, comprising:
a cabinet, including a top panel defining a first opening for receipt of articles for washing and a second opening for receipt
of one or more fluid additives;

a wash chamber located within the cabinet and beneath the top panel, the wash chamber being configured for containing fluid
during operation of the washing machine appliance;

a wash basket rotatably mounted within the wash chamber and beneath the top panel for receipt of articles for washing through
the first opening;

a fluid additive dispenser positioned near the wash chamber and configured for feeding one or more fluid additives into the
wash chamber, the fluid additive dispenser comprising

an upper portion disposed below the top panel, the upper portion defining an opening for receipt of one or more fluid additives
passing through the second opening of the top panel,

a lower portion joined with the upper portion and defining a reservoir for the receipt of one or more fluid additives from
the opening of the upper portion,

an aspirator having an aspirator inlet leg extending vertically through the lower portion, the aspirator inlet leg defining
an aspirator suction inlet positioned at a predetermined level within the reservoir below the upper portion, the aspirator
configured to provide a suction to cause fluid to flow from the reservoir through the aspirator suction inlet, the aspirator
having an aspirator outlet configured to provide fluid from the aspirator to the wash chamber, the aspirator having an aspirator
inlet for the receipt of fluid,

a supply line in fluid communication with the aspirator inlet and configured to provide fluid to the aspirator, and
a rinse line in fluid communication with the supply line and the reservoir, the rinse line configured to deliver fluid into
the reservoir as fluid is supplied to the aspirator;

wherein the upper portion includes a conduit extending downwardly over the aspirator inlet leg to a position below the aspirator
suction inlet, and wherein the rinse line extends vertically through the lower portion above the aspirator suction inlet.

US Pat. No. 9,470,223

METHOD FOR MONITORING A LINEAR COMPRESSOR

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1. A method for monitoring a linear compressor, comprising:
measuring a current and a voltage though a driving coil of the linear compressor;
determining a velocity dependent induced voltage in the driving coil based at least in part on the current and voltage through
the driving coil;

extracting a higher order harmonic from the velocity dependent induced voltage, extracting the higher order harmonic comprising
multiplying a signal of the velocity dependent induced voltage in the driving coil by a sinusoidal function having a frequency
corresponding to the higher order harmonic and

integrating a product from said step of multiplying over a period of a fundamental frequency of the signal of the velocity
dependent induced voltage in the driving coil; and

establishing that a piston of the linear compressor is crashing if the higher order harmonic is greater than a reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,420,800

OVEN APPLIANCE

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1. An oven appliance, comprising:
a housing defining a cooking chamber;
an upper heating element array positioned within the housing at a top portion of the cooking chamber, the upper heating element
array having a first zone and a second zone;

a pair of upper temperature sensors, each of the temperature sensors of the pair of upper temperature sensors positioned adjacent
a respective one of the first and second zones of the upper heating element array;

a baking stone positioned within the housing at a bottom portion of the cooking chamber;
a lower heating element array positioned within the housing below the baking stone adjacent the bottom portion of the cooking
chamber, the lower heating element array having a first zone and a second zone;

a pair of lower temperature sensors mounted to the baking stone, each of the temperature sensors of the pair of lower temperature
sensors positioned adjacent a respective one of the first and second zones of the lower heating element array; and

a controller in operative communication with the upper heating element array, the lower heating element array, the pair of
upper temperature sensors and the pair lower temperature sensors, the controller configured for independently operating each
of the first zone of the upper heating element array, the second zone of the upper heating element array, the first zone of
the lower heating element array and the second zone of the lower heating element array.

US Pat. No. 9,462,925

SPRAY ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

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1. A spray assembly for a dishwasher appliance, the spray assembly defining an axial direction, a radial direction, and a
circumferential direction, the spray assembly comprising:
a base unit defining an inlet for receipt of wash fluid and an outlet;
a mounting bracket rotatably mounted to said base unit, said mounting bracket comprising:
an annular sidewall that has an inner surface and an outer surface, the annular sidewall also defining a plurality channels;
a post mounted to the annular sidewall and extending away from the outer surface of the annular sidewall, the post having
an upper surface; and

a tab mounted on the upper surface of the post; and
a spray arm selectively secured to said mounting bracket, said spray arm comprising:
a main body that defines a chamber configured for receipt of wash fluid from the outlet of said base unit, the main body also
having a bottom surface that faces said mounting bracket, the main body defining a detent on the bottom surface of the main
body, the detent receiving the tab of said mounting bracket;

a circular sidewall mounted to the main body and extending away from the bottom surface of the main body; and
a plurality of projections mounted to the circular sidewall, each projection of the plurality of projections received within
a respective channel of the plurality of channels of the annular sidewall;

wherein said base unit defines an additional outlet and the main body of said spray arm defines an additional chamber configured
for receipt of wash fluid from the additional outlet of said base unit;

wherein said spray arm rotates in a first direction when wash fluid is directed into the chamber of said spray arm and said
spray arm rotates in a second direction when wash fluid is directed into the additional chamber of said spray arm, the first
direction being the opposite to the second direction;

wherein said spray arm is secured to said mounting bracket with said projections and said channels and said spray arm is secured
to said mounting bracket with said tab and said detent such that said projections and channels hinder relative rotation between
the spray arm and the mounting bracket in the first direction and said tab and said detent hinder relative rotation between
the spray arm and the mounting bracket in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 9,441,874

WATER HEATER ASSEMBLY FOR A REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

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1. A refrigerator appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, the chilled chamber of the cabinet configured for receipt of food items for storage,
the cabinet having a door, the door configured for permitting selective access to the chilled chamber of the cabinet;

a water heating assembly comprising
a tank defining a heating chamber and an expansion chamber, the tank having a flow conduit that extends between the heating
chamber and the expansion chamber, the tank also having a vent that permits air to enter and exit the expansion chamber, the
expansion chamber configured for holding at least six ounces of water therein;

a check valve positioned within the expansion chamber at an opening of the flow conduit;
an air valve mounted to the tank at the vent of the expansion chamber, the air valve adjustable between an open configuration
and a closed configuration, the air valve permitting a flow of air through the vent when the air valve is in the open configuration,
the air valve obstructing the flow of air through the vent when the air valve is in the closed configuration;

a heating element mounted to the tank and positioned within the heating chamber of the tank;
an air pump coupled to the tank at the expansion chamber of the tank and configured for selectively directing air into the
expansion chamber;

an inlet conduit configured for directing liquid water into the heating chamber of the tank;
an outlet conduit configured for directing liquid water out of the heating chamber of the tank; and
a brewing module, the outlet conduit extending between the tank and brewing module in order to direct heated water from the
heating chamber of the tank to the brewing module, an inlet of the outlet conduit positioned within the heating chamber of
the tank, the inlet of the outlet conduit spaced apart from a top wall of the tank such that a particular volume of heated
water from the heating chamber disposed above the inlet of the outlet conduit is dispensed from the heating chamber during
operation of the air pump.

US Pat. No. 9,404,662

MICROWAVE APPLIANCE

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1. A microwave appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a cooking chamber;
a duct positioned adjacent the cabinet and having an opening, the duct also defining a first pair of channels and a second
pair of channels at the opening; and

a filter mounted to the duct at the opening of the duct, the filter having a first pair of projections and a second pair of
projections, each projection of the first pair of projections received within a respective one of the first pair of channels
of the duct, each projection of the second pair of projections received within a respective one of the second pair of channels
of the duct.

US Pat. No. 9,476,635

RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION HEAT FLUX MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS FOR REFRIGERATOR VACUUM INSULATION PANELS

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1. A refrigerator comprising:
a plurality of vacuum insulation panels respectively positioned within a plurality of walls of the refrigerator, the plurality
of walls of the refrigerator defining an interior refrigerated space, wherein each of the plurality of vacuum insulation panels
comprises a conductive barrier layer forming a jacket around such vacuum insulation panel;

a radio frequency identification (RFID) receiver;
a plurality of RFID temperature sensors respectively positioned adjacent to the plurality of vacuum insulation panels, wherein
each of the plurality of RFID temperature sensors transmits temperature information concerning a local temperature to the
RFID receiver, and wherein each of the plurality of RFID temperature sensors utilizes the conductive barrier layer of its
adjacent vacuum insulation panel as an antenna during the transmission of the temperature information; and

a controller that:
obtains the information concerning the local temperature at each RFID temperature sensor from the RFID receiver;
analyzes the respective temperature information received from each of the plurality of RFID temperature sensors; and
identifies a first vacuum insulation panel of the plurality of vacuum insulation panels that is not properly functioning based
at least in part on the respective temperature information received from a first RFID temperature sensor of the plurality
of temperature sensors that is positioned adjacent to the first vacuum insulation panel.

US Pat. No. 9,468,332

DOCKING STATION FOR A BEVERAGE DISPENSER HAVING A RESERVOIR

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1. A docking station for a beverage dispenser having a reservoir, comprising:
a base having a tower and a projection extending from the tower, the projection configured to be positioned over the reservoir
of the beverage dispenser;

a spout mounted to the base, the spout configured for selectively directing a flow of water into the reservoir of the beverage
dispenser, the spout positioned on the projection;

an inlet conduit extending to the spout within the base, the inlet conduit configured for connecting to a pressurized water
supply in order to direct the flow of water to the spout from the pressurized water supply;

a valve coupled to the inlet conduit, the valve configured for regulating the flow of water through the inlet conduit to the
spout;

a water level sensor mounted to the base, the water level sensor configured for assessing a level of water within the reservoir
of the beverage dispenser, the water level sensor also configured for detecting whether the reservoir of the beverage dispenser
is positioned adjacent the base; and

a controller in operative communication with the valve and the water level sensor, the controller configured for
receiving at least one signal from the water level sensor when the level of water within the reservoir of the beverage dispenser
is less than a threshold level; and

opening the valve in order to direct the flow of water into the reservoir via the spout after receiving the at least one signal
from the water level sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,429,925

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN APPLIANCE AND A REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE

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1. A method for operating an appliance, comprising:
establishing a location of the appliance;
obtaining weather information associated with the location of the appliance, wherein the weather information includes a start
and end time, a probability, and a type of poor or severe weather for the location of the appliance;

calculating a score from the weather information;
scheduling a power loss event for the appliance in response to the score exceeding a threshold value; and
operating the appliance according to a power loss operating profile before the scheduled power loss event.

US Pat. No. 9,427,132

SPRAY ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

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1. A spray assembly for a dishwasher appliance, the spray assembly defining an axial direction and a radial direction, the
spray assembly comprising:
a spray arm defining an opening and a chamber for receipt of wash fluid from the opening;
a bearing, said spray arm rotatably mounted to said bearing, said bearing comprising:
a cylindrical conduit received within the opening of said spray arm;
a plurality of projections positioned on the conduit and extending outwardly along the radial direction therefrom; and
a flange mounted to the conduit and projecting from the conduit along the radial direction, the flange positioned within the
chamber of said spray arm;

a bracket that defines an aperture and a plurality of slots, the conduit of said bearing received within the aperture of said
bracket and each projection of the plurality of projections of said bearing received within a respective one of the plurality
of slots of said bracket; and

means for selectively rotating the conduit of said hearing within the aperture of said bracket with said spray arm.

US Pat. No. 9,406,297

APPLIANCES FOR PROVIDING USER-SPECIFIC RESPONSE TO VOICE COMMANDS

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14. A refrigerator appliance comprising:
a water dispensing system;
at least one processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the
refrigerator appliance to perform operations, the operations comprising:

receiving a human speech signal from a user, wherein the human speech signal comprises a voice command that requests that
the refrigerator appliance perform one or more dispensing operations, and wherein the one or more dispensing operations comprise
dispensing at least one of ice and water;

determining whether the user can be identified based on the human speech signal, wherein determining whether the user can
be identified based on the human speech signal comprises respectively matching one or more biometrics of the human speech
signal against a plurality voice samples respectively associated with a plurality of enrolled users;

when the user cannot be identified based on the human speech signal, performing an enrollment process to enroll the user;
and

when the user can be identified based on the human speech signal:
accessing one or more previously obtained preferences associated with the user, wherein the one or more previously obtained
preferences describe one or more values for one or more variable parameters associated with the one or more dispensing operations;
and

performing the one or more requested dispensing operations in accordance with the one or more previously obtained preferences,
wherein performing the one or more requested dispensing operations comprises dispensing the at least one of ice and water
that has the one or more values respectively for the one or more variable parameters.

US Pat. No. 9,408,464

ASSEMBLY KIT AND DOOR ASSEMBLY FOR APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An assembly kit for coupling an appliance door and a decorative door panel together, the assembly kit comprising:
a first bracket connectable to the appliance door;
a second bracket connectable to the decorative door panel;
a first spacer positionable between the first bracket and the second bracket, the first spacer rotatable to adjust a first
gap between the first bracket and the second bracket along a first axis;

a second spacer positionable between the first bracket and the second bracket, the second spacer rotatable to adjust a second
gap between the first bracket and the second bracket along a second axis generally orthogonal to the first axis;

a fastener coupling the first bracket and the second bracket together;
a third bracket connectable to the appliance door; and
a third spacer positionable between the third bracket and the second bracket, the third spacer rotatable to adjust a third
gap between the third bracket and the second bracket along a third axis generally orthogonal to the first axis and the second
axis, wherein the third spacer is threadably rotatable through the second bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,422,661

PUMP ASSEMBLY FOR A WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance comprising:
a cabinet;
a wash tub received in said cabinet and configured for containing a fluid used in a washing process;
a wash basket mounted in said wash tub, said wash basket configured for the receipt of articles during the washing process
and for rotation about an axis;

a drain configured for directing fluid out of said cabinet;
a pump assembly, said pump assembly comprising:
a casing that defines a chamber, said chamber extending longitudinally between a first end and a second end, said casing defining
an inlet positioned adjacent the first end of said chamber, the inlet configured for receipt of fluid from said wash tub,
said casing also defining an opening positioned adjacent the second end of said chamber, the opening configured for permitting
selective access to the chamber of said casing;

a filter received within the chamber of said casing, said filter extending longitudinally between a labyrinth filter portion
and a mesh filter portion;

a drain pump in fluid communication with the chamber of said casing and said drain such that said drain pump selectively urges
fluid disposed within the chamber to said drain, said drain pump positioned adjacent the labyrinth filter portion of said
filter;

a recirculation pump in fluid communication with the chamber of said casing and said wash tub such that said recirculation
pump selectively urges fluid disposed within the chamber to said wash tub, said recirculation pump positioned adjacent the
mesh filter portion of said filter;

a cap positioned adjacent the opening of said casing, the cap configured for selectively securing said filter within the chamber
defined by said casing, said cap being substantially complementary in shape to the opening of said casing, said cap having:

a circumferential surface that defines a slot or directing of a tab of said casing that extends from said casing and is positioned
adjacent the opening of said casing, the circumferential surface also defining a notch within the slot for receiving the tab;
and

a spring that extends between a first end and second end, the first end of said spring disposed adjacent said filter, the
second end of said spring disposed adjacent said cap, the spring urging said cap and said filter apart such that the tab of
said casing is received by the notch of said cap in order to secure said cap to said casing and said filter is urged into
the chamber of said casing.

US Pat. No. 9,404,213

LAUNDRY APPLIANCE STORAGE CONTAINER AND METHOD FOR FRESHENING CONTENTS THEREOF

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A laundry appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining an opening having a diameter;
a processor;
a control panel coupled with the processor;
a container sensor coupled with the processor; and
a storage container, the storage container comprising
a rigid rim configured to span the opening of the cabinet, the rim having a diameter greater than the diameter of the opening
and configured to rest proximate thereto; and

a body attached to the rim, the body having a predetermined shape configured to rest through the opening of the cabinet;
wherein the processor is configured to receive a signal outputted by the sensor to initiate or prevent a cycle activation
of the laundry appliance based on whether the storage container is in the laundry appliance.

US Pat. No. 9,487,413

WATER FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR A BEVERAGE DISPENSER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A water filter assembly for a beverage dispenser having a reservoir, the reservoir having an outlet, the water filter assembly
defining an axial direction and a radial direction, the axial direction aligned with a vertical direction, and comprising:
a filter medium extending along the axial direction and defining an interior filtered water chamber, the filter medium configured
to filter water flowing inward generally along the radial direction into the interior filtered water chamber; and

a housing extending along the axial direction between a first end and a second end and enclosing the filter medium, the first
end corresponding with a top end along the vertical direction and the second end corresponding with a bottom end along the
vertical direction, the housing and the filter medium defining an unfiltered water chamber between the housing and the filter
medium, the housing additionally defining an inlet in flow communication with the unfiltered water chamber proximate to the
second end for receipt of unfiltered water from the reservoir, the housing further defining an outlet in flow communication
with the interior filtered water chamber of the filter medium, the outlet of the housing positioned proximate the second end
of the housing, the housing configured to provide filtered water through the outlet of the housing to the outlet of the reservoir;

wherein the housing further includes a housing cap positioned at the first end of the housing, and wherein the housing cap
includes a one-way valve allowing for a flow of fluid from the unfiltered water chamber to the reservoir.

US Pat. No. 9,477,217

USING VISUAL CUES TO IMPROVE APPLIANCE AUDIO RECOGNITION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method of operating an appliance, the method comprising:
identifying, by the appliance, one or more visual cues included in image captured by a camera of the appliance, wherein the
one or more visual cues indicate that a human user of the appliance is seeking to provide a voice command to the appliance;

determining, by the appliance, whether the human user of the appliance is seeking to provide the voice command to the appliance
based at least in part on the one or more visual cues identified from the imagery, wherein the determining whether the human
user of the appliance is seeking to provide the voice command to the appliance based at least in part on the one or more visual
cues includes comparing, by the appliance, a number of identified visual cues to a threshold number;

upon determining that the human user seeking to providing the voice command to the appliance, communicating, by the appliance,
with one or more devices over a network to reduce background noise a generated by the one or more devices, wherein the communicating
includes querying the one or more devices to identify which of the devices are operating and generating the background noise
and wherein the one or more devices are different than and physically separate from the appliance;

receiving, by the appliance, the voice command from the user;
determining, by the appliance, that the user has finished providing the voice command; and
upon determining that the user has finished providing tile voice command, communicating, by the appliance, with the one or
more devices over the network to cause the one or more visual devices to resume standard operations.

US Pat. No. 9,459,004

APPLIANCE USING FLUORESCENT MATERIAL FOR APPEARANCE OF DESIRED COLOR LIGHT ON USER INTERFACE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A user interface assembly for a cooktop appliance, comprising:
a cooking panel comprising a colored transparent material;
a first printed circuit board spaced apart from the cooking panel, the first printed circuit board comprising a light source;
and

a light transmissive layer disposed between the cooking panel and the first printed circuit board, the light transmissive
layer comprising

a support substrate having a first surface adjacent the cooking panel and a second surface adjacent the first printed circuit
board, and

a fluorescent ink covering at least a portion of the support substrate, the fluorescent ink configured such that light from
the light source passing through the fluorescent ink and the cooking panel appears a desired color to a user of the user interface
assembly,

wherein the support substrate comprises a diffusive support substrate configured to diffuse light passing through the diffusive
support substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,459,011

APPLIANCE USING COLORED OR FLUORESCENT LIGHT GUIDES FOR APPEARANCE OF DESIRED COLOR LIGHT ON USER INTERFACE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A user interface assembly for a cooktop appliance, comprising:
a cooking panel comprising a colored transparent material;
a first printed circuit board spaced apart from the cooking panel, the first printed circuit board comprising at least one
light source;

a light transmissive layer disposed between the cooking panel and the first printed circuit board, the light transmissive
layer comprising a support substrate having a first surface adjacent the cooking panel and a second surface adjacent the first
printed circuit board; and

at least one light guide having an inner surface, the inner surface comprising an ink configured such that light from the
light source reflecting off the inner surface of the light guide and subsequently passing through the light transmissive layer
and the cooking panel appears a desired color to a user of the user interface assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,428,854

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BALANCING AN UNBALANCED LOAD IN A WASHING MACHINE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine comprising:
a suspension system comprising a wash tub, a basket rotatably coupled within the wash tub and configured to receive a laundry
load having a load size, and a drive and motor assembly, the suspension system defining a natural frequency that varies relative
to the load size;

a sensing mechanism configured to detect an unbalanced load in the washing machine based in part on the natural frequency
of the suspension system relative to the load size; and

a controller programmed to:
determine the natural frequency of the suspension system based on the particular suspension system and the size of the load;
initiate a spin cycle by increasing a spin speed of the basket to a target spin speed;
communicate with the sensing mechanism;
when an unbalanced load is detected by the sensing mechanism identify an out-of-balance load prior to reaching the target
spin speed;

determine if a quantity of previous out-of-balance load redistribution attempts exceeds a redistribution attempt threshold
level;

initiate an out-of-balance load redistribution if the quantity of previous out-of-balance load redistribution attempts has
not exceeded the redistribution attempt threshold level;

increase the spin speed of the basket to the target spin speed after the out-of-balance load redistribution;
detect if the laundry load is out-of-balance with the sensing mechanism after increasing the spin speed of the basket; and
if the determined quantity of previous out-of-balance load redistribution attempts has exceeded the redistribution attempt
threshold level, limit the spin speed of the basket to a limited spin speed lower than and based on the determined natural
frequency of the suspension system corresponding to the load size for a predefined period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,518,572

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A linear compressor, comprising:
a driving coil;
an inner back iron assembly positioned in the driving coil, the driving coil operable to move the inner back iron assembly
along an axis during operation of the driving coil, the inner back iron assembly extending between a first end portion and
a second end portion, the inner back iron assembly comprising an outer cylinder and a sleeve, the outer cylinder having an
outer surface and an inner surface positioned opposite each other, the outer cylinder comprising a plurality of laminations
distributed circumferentially about the sleeve, the sleeve mounted to the outer cylinder at the inner surface of the outer
cylinder;

a magnet mounted to the inner back iron assembly at the outer surface of the inner back iron assembly such that the magnet
faces the driving coil, the magnet positioned in a recess defined by the laminations of the outer cylinder such that the magnet
is inset within the outer cylinder;

a machined spring comprising
a first cylindrical portion positioned adjacent the first end portion of the inner back iron assembly,
a second cylindrical portion positioned within and fixed to the inner back iron assembly, the sleeve extending between the
inner surface of the outer cylinder and the second cylindrical portion in order to fix the sleeve to the outer cylinder,

a first helical portion extending between and coupling the first and second cylindrical portions together,
a third cylindrical portion positioned adjacent the second end portion of the inner back iron assembly, and
a second helical portion extending between and coupling the second and third cylindrical portions together;
a piston head connected to the inner back iron assembly; and
a cylinder assembly defining a chamber, wherein the piston head is slidably received within the chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,476,595

AUTO FLAME-OUT DETECTION AND REIGNITION METHOD FOR A GAS BURNER OF A COOKTOP APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a burner assembly of a cooktop appliance, comprising the steps of:
supplying gaseous fuel to a burner of the burner assembly;
monitoring a rate of flow of gaseous fuel to the burner;
determining a time period ?td that is based upon the rate of flow of gaseous fuel to the burner;

detecting whether a flame is present at the burner and, if not, then activating a spark igniter for the burner after a time
period ?td has elapsed during which no flame is detected at the burner;

wherein the magnitude of time period ?td is inversely proportional to the rate of flow of gaseous fuel to the burner.

US Pat. No. 9,404,683

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber and a freezer chamber and comprising a mullion extending between and defining the
fresh food chamber and freezer chamber, the mullion comprising a front mullion panel and a rear structural mullion panel;

a door rotatably hinged to the cabinet for accessing the fresh food chamber, the door comprising an inner surface and an outer
surface, the door further comprising an ice container mounted thereon;

a hinge connecting the mullion and the door;
a freezer door connected to the cabinet for accessing the freezer chamber;
a drain assembly for draining a liquid from the ice container, the drain assembly comprising a fitting comprising a first
passage disposed between the rear structural panel and the front mullion panel and a second passage extending opposite the
first passage generally along a transverse direction, the drain assembly providing allow path through the hinge and the mullion
to an exhaust location.

US Pat. No. 9,596,721

METHOD FOR PROTECTING SWITCHING ELEMENTS IN AN INDUCTION HEATING SYSTEM

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method of operating an induction heating system, the method comprising:
calculating a switching power loss associated with a switching element of the induction heating system, the switching element
being a component of a power supply circuit configured to supply a power signal to an induction heating coil of the induction
heating system at an operating frequency; and

adjusting the operating frequency of the induction heating system based at least in part on the switching power loss.

US Pat. No. 9,591,700

MICROWAVE APPLIANCE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A microwave appliance, comprising:
a casing that defines a chamber configured for receipt of food items for cooking and a circulation conduit, the circulation
conduit having an inlet and a single outlet in fluid communication with ambient atmosphere within a room housing the microwave
appliance;

a door mounted to the casing and configured for permitting selective access to the chamber of the casing;
a fan positioned within the circulation conduit of the casing, the fan drawing a flow of air into the circulation conduit
through the inlet of the circulation conduit when the fan is in an activated state;

an air filter configured for removing relatively small particles mounted to the casing within the circulation conduit of the
casing at the outlet of the circulation conduit such that the flow of air within the circulation conduit passes through the
air filter when the fan is in the activated state;

a sensor mounted to the casing, the sensor configured for measuring an air quality of the flow of air within the circulation
conduit;

a grease filter configured for removing relatively large particles positioned within the circulation conduit of the casing
at the inlet of the circulation conduit; and

a controller in operative communication with the fan and the sensor, the controller configured for:
operating the fan in order to draw the flow of air through the circulation conduit of the casing;
measuring the air quality of the flow of air within the circulation conduit with the sensor during said step of operating;
stopping the fan if an elapsed time interval since said step of operating exceeds a maximum on time; and
deactivating the fan if the air quality of the flow of air within the circulation conduit exceeds a threshold value at said
step of measuring.

US Pat. No. 9,518,352

UNITARY BALANCE RING FOR A WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A unitary balance ring for a washing machine appliance, comprising:
a tubular body defining an interior volume;
first plurality of ribs positioned within the tubular body, each rib of the first plurality of ribs having a bottom edge that
is positioned at a bottom surface of the interior volume, in contact with the bottom surface across an entire width of the
interior volume; and

a second plurality of ribs positioned within the tubular body, each rib of the second plurality of ribs having a bottom edge
that is spaced apart from the bottom surface of the interior volume, wherein the bottom edge of each rib of the second plurality
of ribs and the bottom surface of the interior volume define a gap along a vertical direction, the gap being at least an eighth
of an inch.

US Pat. No. 9,482,435

METHOD FOR LIGHT EMITTING DEVICE PROTECTION AND PERFORMANCE IN AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method of controlling the light intensity of a light emitting device of an appliance comprising:
receiving a temperature value associated with an anticipated temperature associated with the inside of a chamber of the appliance,
the anticipated temperature corresponding to a user input of a desired temperature for the inside of the chamber of the appliance,
the temperature value being determined based at least in part on a signal transmitted from memory indicative of a time interval
specifying an expected amount of time required for the inside of the chamber of the appliance to reach the anticipated temperature;

determining a light intensity level for the light emitting device based on the time interval; and
controlling the light emitting device to substantially achieve the light intensity level.

US Pat. No. 9,458,613

WASTE DISPOSAL WITH IMPROVED HOUSING CONFIGURATION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A waste disposal for processing waste, the waste disposal comprising:
a motor;
a cutter plate coupled to the motor for rotation therewith;
a housing configured to encase the motor and the cutter plate, the housing comprising an upper housing portion and a lower
housing portion, the upper housing portion defining an inner surface at least partially forming a converging section of the
upper housing portion, the converging section extending axially between a bottom end and a top end, a radial dimension of
the housing being reduced as the upper housing portion extends axially along the converging section from the bottom end to
the top end, the upper housing portion defining a primary inlet through a top of the housing and a secondary inlet through
the converging section, the secondary inlet defining a flow path for water flowing into the housing that extends lengthwise
between an outer end terminating at a location exterior to the housing and an inner end terminating at the inner surface of
the upper housing portion; and

a plurality of ribs projecting outwardly from the inner surface along the converging section of the upper housing portion,
each rib including a base end and a tip end, each rib extending along the converging section between the base and tip ends
such that the base end is positioned at or adjacent to the bottom end of the converging section and the tip end is positioned
at or adjacent to the top end of the converging section,

wherein the secondary inlet is oriented relative to the housing such that a centerline of the flow path extends at a non-zero
angle relative to a radial direction of the waste disposal.

US Pat. No. 9,453,641

GAS BURNER WITH STABILITY CHAMBER AND GROOVED CAP

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A gas burner assembly for a cooktop of an appliance, comprising:
a burner body comprising an annular sidewall surrounding a throat defined by a main gas conduit having a gas inlet and a gas
outlet, the burner body defining at least one projection positioned radially inward from the annular sidewall and extending
along an axial direction from the burner body;

a cap received onto the burner body, the cap defining an annular groove configured to receive the at least one projection
and position the cap on the burner body, the cap having a recessed center portion positioned radially inward of the groove
and located over the gas outlet;

a plurality of primary burner ports positioned along the annular sidewall of the burner body, surrounding the gas outlet,
and in fluid communication with the main gas conduit through the gas outlet;

a simmer flame port disposed within the sidewall, spaced along a circumferential direction from the primary burner ports,
and configured to provide a reignition source for the primary burner ports;

a stability chamber located radially adjacent to the simmer flame port, the stability chamber defined at least in part by
a pair of radially extending baffles positioned in an opposing manner along the circumferential direction, each of the radially
extending baffles defining a flat upper surface that extends along an entire length of the baffle along the radial direction;

an upper surface of the burner body; and
the cap;
at least one stability chamber gas inlet defined by the annular groove in the cap and a top surface of one the baffles.

US Pat. No. 9,403,125

VALVE WITH AIR-GAP PROVISION TO PREVENT BACKFLOW

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A valve for preventing backflow, comprising:
a main body comprising
a first primary inlet,
a primary outlet,
a secondary inlet,
a secondary outlet, and
a secondary fluid channel connecting the secondary inlet with the secondary outlet, the secondary fluid channel defining a
gap connected with an ambient that is exterior to the valve; and

a rotatable valve element positioned within the main body, the valve element at least partially positioned in the secondary
fluid channel and selectively rotatable between a position placing the first primary inlet in fluid communication with the
primary outlet and a position disconnecting the first primary inlet from fluid communication with the primary outlet;

wherein the main body extends longitudinally along a vertical axis between an upper end and a lower end, and wherein the gap
is located at a position that is higher along the vertical axis than the secondary inlet and the secondary outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,505,150

METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING A REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for constructing a refrigerator appliance, comprising:
providing a mold body and a plurality of interior components;
mounting the plurality of interior components to the mold body;
applying a liner material to the mold body and to at least one of the plurality of interior components after said step of
mounting, wherein the liner material is hardened to form an inner liner of the refrigerator appliance whereby the plurality
of interior components are mounted to or positioned within the inner liner; and

removing the inner liner of the refrigerator appliance with the plurality of interior components connected thereto from the
mold body after said step of applying.

US Pat. No. 9,482,462

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING TWO ENERGY LEVEL SETTINGS FOR A REFRIGERATOR HOT WATER HEATER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

11. A refrigerator control circuit included in a refrigerator having a water dispensing system comprising a heating element,
the refrigerator further having a defrosting element operable to defrost an evaporator of the refrigerator, the refrigerator
control circuit comprising:
a control unit comprising a processor and a memory;
an AC connection for receiving AC power from an AC power supply; and
a power level control circuit electrically connected between the AC connection and the heating element;
wherein the control unit:
receives a signal from the defrosting element that is indicative of whether the defrosting element is operating to defrost
the evaporator of the refrigerator;

determines based on the received signal whether the defrosting element is operating to defrost the evaporator of the refrigerator;
in response to a determination that the defrosting element is not operating to defrost the evaporator of the refrigerator,
controls the power level control circuit to provide a first level of power to the heating element; and

in response to a determination that the defrosting element is operating to defrost the evaporator of the refrigerator, controls
the power level control circuit to provide a second level of power to the heating element, the first level of power greater
than the second level of power.

US Pat. No. 9,418,528

OVEN APPLIANCE WITH CAVITY FIRE DETECTION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An oven appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining an opening at a front portion of the cabinet, the cabinet also defining a cooking chamber configured for
receipt of food items for cooking, the cooking chamber comprising a top wall, a bottom wall, a back wall, and opposing side
walls;

a door mounted to the cabinet at the opening of the cabinet, the door being selectively adjustable between an open position
and a closed position to permit selective access to the cooking chamber through the opening of the cabinet;

a heating element configured to heat the cooking chamber, the heating element having an energy source;
a vent defined in one of the top wall, bottom wall, back wall, or opposing side walls of the cooking chamber for exhausting
fumes and gases generated during cooking from the cooking chamber;

a temperature sensor; and
a controller, the controller configured for
measuring a temperature T within the cooking chamber;
monitoring a rate of temperature change ?T within the cooking chamber;
identifying whether the temperature T has reached at least a threshold temperature Tthr;

comparing the rate of temperature change ?T within the cooking chamber to a reference rate of temperature change ?Tref;

providing a warning to a user of the oven appliance if the rate of temperature change ?T has reached at least the reference
rate of temperature change ?Tref; and

implementing measures to protect the user of the oven appliance if the controller determines there is a fire within the cooking
chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,416,475

AIR FLOW IN A WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance, comprising:
a wash tub;
a wash drum rotatably mounted within said wash tub;
an inlet duct in fluid communication with said wash drum and said wash tub and configured for providing a flow of air to said
wash drum and said wash tub;

a one way inlet valve positioned within said inlet duct and moveable between an open position and a closed position, said
one way inlet valve configured for only allowing air to flow in a direction through said inlet duct into said wash drum and
said wash tub; and

a first exhaust duct in fluid communication with said wash drum and said wash tub and configured for exhausting air from said
wash drum and said wash tub;

a one way exhaust valve positioned within said first exhaust duct and moveable between an open and a closed position, said
one way exhaust valve configured for only allowing air to flow in a direction from said wash tub and said wash drum out through
said first exhaust duct;

wherein said wash drum rotates at or above an RPMTHR during a spin cycle of the washing machine appliance, and wherein the one way inlet valve and the one way outlet valve are
each configured to move to the open positions when said wash drum rotates at or above the RPMTHR due to an increased pressure generated in said wash tub.

US Pat. No. 9,567,703

NOZZLE ASSEMBLY WITH MULTIPLE SPRAY CURVATURES AND AIR-LOCK RELEASE GEOMETRY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction that are perpendicular
to each other, the washing machine appliance comprising:
a cabinet defining a front, back, and opposing sides, the front spaced apart from the back along the transverse direction,
the opposing sides spaced apart along the lateral direction;

a wash tub located within the cabinet;
a wash basket rotatably mounted within the wash tub;
a top panel defining a first opening for access to the wash basket; and
a nozzle assembly for providing fluid to the wash basket, the nozzle assembly comprising
a top member defining at least one valve body, and
a bottom member defining a plurality of apertures in a curved surface of the bottom member, the curved surface being curved
in more than one plane such that the apertures are defined in more than one plane, the bottom member further defining at least
one straw vent extending from the bottom member toward the top member.

US Pat. No. 9,506,231

WASTE DISPOSAL SYSTEM WITH IMPROVED MOUNTING ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A waste disposal system for receiving waste discharged from a drain, the drain defining a drain flange, the waste disposal
system comprising:
a waste disposal including a housing extending axially between a top and a bottom; and
a mounting bracket configured to couple the waste disposal to the drain, the mounting bracket being configured to extend circumferentially
around at least a portion of the top of the housing, the mounting bracket including a body and at least one tooth extending
radially inwardly from the body,

wherein, when the waste disposal is moved axially towards the drain, the at least one tooth is configured to move both radially
outwardly as the at least one tooth contacts the drain flange and back radially inwardly when the at least one tooth is positioned
axially above the drain flange so as to overlap the drain flange.

US Pat. No. 9,464,781

USER INTERFACE ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A user interface assembly for an appliance, comprising:
a panel having a user interface surface accessible by a user of the user interface assembly and an opposing surface opposite
the user interface surface;

a printed circuit board having a first surface opposite a second surface, the first surface positioned adjacent the opposing
surface of the panel, the printed circuit board defining a first aperture therethrough;

a light source positioned on the second surface of the printed circuit board, the light source positioned such that light
rays from the light source are not directed toward the user interface surface;

a primary reflective surface spaced apart from the light source, the primary reflective surface positioned such that light
rays from the light source are directed toward the primary reflective surface, the primary reflective surface being shaped
to reflect the light rays from the light source to the first aperture in the printed circuit board such that the light rays
are distributed essentially uniformly within the first aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,431,014

INTELLIGENT PLACEMENT OF APPLIANCE RESPONSE TO VOICE COMMAND

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a system to respond to a human voice signal, the system comprising a plurality of appliances, the
method comprising:
connecting each of the plurality of appliances over a local area network;
generating a location map providing a location of each of the plurality of appliances;
receiving the human voice signal at a plurality of microphones respectively included in the plurality of appliances, wherein
the human voice signal requests one or more appliance actions;

determining an originating location of the human voice signal based at least in part on the location map;
determining one or more functionalities required to complete the one or more requested appliance actions; and
identifying the most proximate appliance to the originating location that is capable of performing the one or more functionalities
to complete the one or more requested appliance actions, wherein identifying the most proximate appliance to the originating
location that is capable of performing the one or more functionalities to complete the one or more requested appliance actions
comprise:

generating an order of the plurality of appliances according to proximity to the originating location, wherein the order ranks
the plurality of appliances from a first appliance that is most proximate to the originating location to a last appliance
that is least proximate to the originating location;

transmitting a query to the first appliance in the order to determine whether the first appliance is capable of performing
the one or more functionalities to complete the one or more requested appliance actions; and

receiving from the first appliance a response to the query that indicates whether the first appliance is able to perform the
one or more functionalities to complete the one or more requested appliance actions;

wherein said transmitting the query and said receiving the response are performed iteratively according to the order until
the one of the appliances responds that such appliance is capable of performing the one or more functionalities to complete
the one or more requested appliance actions.

US Pat. No. 9,518,351

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTI...

1. A washing machine appliance, comprising:
a cabinet;
a tub positioned within the cabinet;
a drum rotatably mounted within the tub, the drum defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing;
a motor in mechanical communication with the drum, the motor configured for selectively rotating the drum within the tub;
and

a controller in operative communication with the motor and configured to perform operations, the operations comprising:
operating the motor to rotate the drum for a first time period, wherein a target motor speed is ramped from a first speed
to a second speed during the first time period;

determining an average deviation of an actual speed of the motor from the target motor speed over the first time period;
comparing the average deviation to a first threshold value;
determining an average power consumption of the motor over the first time period;
comparing the average power consumption to a second threshold value; and
performing a rebalancing process when both the average deviation is greater than the first threshold value and the average
power consumption is greater than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,494,323

OVEN APPLIANCE WITH DUAL OPENING AND CLOSING DOORS

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10. An oven appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a cooking chamber;
a heating element configured for heating the cooking chamber of the cabinet;
a pair of doors rotatably mounted to the cabinet, the doors of the pair of doors rotatable between an open position and a
closed position in order to permit selective access to the cooking chamber of the cabinet; and

a linkage assembly comprising:
a first gear having an outer edge and a plurality of teeth, the first gear having an axis of rotation about which the first
gear is rotatable, the plurality of teeth of the first gear positioned on only a portion of the outer edge of the first gear
and;

a second gear having a plurality of teeth, the plurality of teeth of the second gear meshed with the plurality of teeth of
the first gear;

a pair of linkage arms, each linkage arm of the pair of linkage arms extending between and coupled to a respective gear of
the first and second gears and one of the pair of doors, each linkage arm of the pair of linkage arms coupled to the respective
gear of the first and second gears opposite the pluralities of teeth of the first and second gears;

a spur gear having a plurality of teeth, the spur gear positioned such that the plurality of teeth of the spur gear mesh with
the plurality of teeth of the first gear at the portion of the outer edge of the first gear when the first door is in the
closed position and the plurality of teeth of the spur gear do not mesh with the plurality of teeth of the first gear when
the first door is in the open position, the spur gear positioned at another portion of the outer edge of the first gear that
does not have the plurality of teeth of the first gear when the first door is in the open position; and

a biasing member coupled to spur gear, the biasing member configured for urging the plurality of teeth of the spur gear against
the plurality of teeth of the first gear when the first door is in the closed position in order to urge the first door to
remain in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,449,220

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COOKWARE DETECTION

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1. A method for detecting cookware, the method comprising:
identifying, by one or more computing devices, one or more locations respectively associated with one or more burners included
in a cooktop, wherein identifying, by one or more computing devices, the one or more locations respectively associated with
the one or more burners comprises:

obtaining, by the one or more computing devices, a reference frame of imagery depicting the cooktop without any objects placed
thereon;

obtaining, by the one or more computing devices, one or more calibration frames of imagery depicting the cooktop with one
or more items of cookware respectively positioned at the one or more locations respectively associated with the one or more
burners, wherein the one or more calibration frames of imagery are captured when motion is not detected at the cooktop;

performing, by the one or more computing devices, background subtraction for at least one of the one or more calibration frames
of imagery with respect to the reference frame of imagery to identify new imagery; and

segmenting, by the one or more computing devices, the new imagery to identify the one or more locations respectively associated
with the one or more burners included in the cooktop;

obtaining, by the one or more computing devices, a frame of imagery captured by a vision sensor, wherein the frame of imagery
either depicts cookware on the cooktop, or does not depict cookware on the cooktop;

segmenting, by the one or more computing devices, the frame of imagery into one or more image segments based at least in part
on the one or more locations respectively associated with the one or more burners included in the cooktop;

using, by the one or more computing devices, a classifier to provide an initial classification for each of the one or more
image segments of the frame of imagery, the initial classification for each of the one or more image segments classifying
the one or more image segments into either a first class of images depicting cookware or a second class of images not depicting
cookware, wherein classification of one of the one or more image segments into the first class of images corresponds to detection
of cookware on the cooktop;

providing, by the one or more computing devices for at least one of the one or more image segments, an indication to a user
of whether the initial classification for such image segment comprises the first class or the second class;

after providing the indication for at least one of the one or more image segments, receiving, by the one or more computing
devices, a user input indicating whether the initial classification for such image segment is correct; and

when the user input indicates that the initial classification for one of the one or more image segments is not correct, changing,
by the one or more computing devices, the initial classification for such image segment to a subsequent classification, wherein
the subsequent classification comprises the second class when the initial classification comprises the first class, and wherein
the subsequent classification comprises the first class when the initial classification comprises the second class.

US Pat. No. 9,506,684

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE

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1. A refrigerator appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a chilled chamber and a mechanical chamber;
an ice bucket;
an evaporation pan positioned within the mechanical chamber of the cabinet;
a drain conduit extending between the ice bucket and the evaporation pan in order to place the ice bucket in fluid communication
with the evaporation pan; and

a reservoir coupled to the drain conduit, the reservoir comprising
a tank positioned above the evaporation pan, the tank defining an outlet;
a plug assembly positioned at the outlet of the tank; and
a float mounted to the plug assembly and positioned within the evaporation pan,
wherein the tank defines an interior volume and the evaporation pan defines an interior volume, the interior volume of the
tank being smaller than the interior volume of the evaporation pan.

US Pat. No. 9,470,225

COMPRESSORS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING OPTIMAL PARKING POSITIONS FOR COMPRESSOR PISTONS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for determining an optimal parking position for a compressor piston, the method comprising performing a current
value evaluation for an initial time during operation of a motor of the compressor, wherein performing the current value evaluation
comprises:
measuring a plurality of motor current values at the initial time, each of the motor current values corresponding to a motor
current phase;

comparing each motor current value to an existing optimal parking current value;
modifying the existing optimal parking current value to the motor current value when the motor current value exceeds or is
equal to the existing optimal parking current value; and

modifying an existing optimal parking phase to the motor current phase of the peak motor current value when the peak motor
current value exceeds or is equal to the existing optimal parking current value.

US Pat. No. 9,463,972

DOCKING STATION FOR A BEVERAGE DISPENSER HAVING A RESERVOIR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A docking station for a beverage dispenser having a reservoir, comprising:
a base having a tower and a projection extending from the tower, the projection configured to be positioned over the reservoir
of the beverage dispenser;

a spout mounted to the base, the spout configured for selectively directing a flow of water into the reservoir of the beverage
dispenser, the spout positioned on the projection;

an inlet conduit extending to the spout within the base, the inlet conduit configured for connecting to a pressurized water
supply in order to direct the flow of water to the spout from the pressurized water supply;

a valve coupled to the inlet conduit, the valve configured for regulating the flow of water through the inlet conduit to the
spout; and

a removable water filter positioned within the base and coupled to the inlet conduit in order to filter the flow of water
through the inlet conduit.

US Pat. No. 9,453,661

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A DUAL EVAPORATOR REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method of operating a refrigerator appliance, the refrigerator appliance comprising a fresh food storage compartment
evaporator, a freezer storage compartment evaporator, and a compressor, the steps of the method comprising:
receiving Tff-sp, a set point temperature for the fresh food compartment;

receiving Tft-sp, a set point temperature for the freezer storage compartment;

measuring Tamb, an ambient temperature;

measuring Tff a temperature of the fresh food storage compartment;

measuring Tfz, a temperature of the frozen food storage compartment;

measuring Tff-evap, a temperature of the fresh food storage compartment evaporator;

measuring Tfz-evap, a temperature of the frozen food storage compartment evaporator;

calculating Vff-ss, an air flow rate for the fresh food storage compartment needed to maintain its temperature at Tff-SP during steady state conditions;

calculating Vfz-ss, an air flow rate for the freezer storage compartment needed to maintain its temperature at Tft-SP during steady state conditions;

calculating Vff-sp, an air flow rate needed to reduce the fresh food storage compartment to Tff-sp over a predetermined time period ts-red-ff;

calculating Vfz-sp, an air flow rate needed to reduce the freezer food storage compartment to Tfr-SP over a predetermined time period ts-red-fz;

determining Vff-total, the total air flow rate required for the fresh food storage compartment, from Vff-ss and Vff-sp;

determining Vfz,-total, the total air flow rate required for the freezer storage compartment, from Vfz-ss and Vfz-sp;

determine Sff-fan, a fan speed that provides Vff-total, including using a predetermined relationship between speed of the first evaporator fan and a resulting air flow of the first
evaporator fan;

determine Sfz-fan, a fan speed that provides Vfz-total, including using a predetermined relationship between speed of the second evaporator fan and a resulting air flow of the
second evaporator fan;

operating a first evaporator fan in the fresh food storage compartment at Sff-fan, and

operating a second evaporator fan in the freezer storage compartment at Sfz-fan.

US Pat. No. 9,419,533

VOLTAGE ADAPTER SYSTEMS FOR USE IN AN APPLIANCE

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1. A voltage adapter system for use in an appliance, the voltage adapter system comprising:
a TRIAC;
a switching element configured to connect the TRIAC in series with a load of the appliance when a voltage detection circuit
detects an input voltage of an alternating current power signal is greater than a threshold voltage; and

a firing angle control circuit configured to provide a gate signal to a gate of the TRIAC when the alternating current power
signal reaches a phase angle;

wherein the firing angle control circuit comprises:
a resistor providing a resistance;
a capacitor providing a capacitance, wherein the capacitor is located in series with the resistor and downstream a path of
current flow with respect to the resistor; and

a DIAC connected between the first resistor, the first capacitor, and the gate of the TRIAC;
wherein the resistor and the capacitor are connected in parallel with the TRIAC.

US Pat. No. 9,482,436

LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR AN OVEN APPLIANCE

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1. An oven appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction, each perpendicular to
one another, the oven appliance comprising:
a cabinet defining a cooking chamber and a cooking chamber opening, the cooking chamber configured for receipt of items to
be cooked through the cooking chamber opening, the cabinet further comprising a first wall and a second wall spaced along
the lateral direction, the first and second walls at least partially defining the cooking chamber, the first wall additionally
defining a central plane extending in the vertical and transverse directions and a protrusion extending outwardly from the
central plane in a direction away from the second wall, the protrusion including a near section and a far section, the near
section positioned closer to the cooking chamber opening defined by the cabinet than the far section; and

a lighting system with at least a portion positioned adjacent to or extending through the near section of the protrusion in
the first wall such that the lighting system is obstructed from view generally along the central plane of the first wall from
the cooking chamber opening;

wherein the near section of the protrusion in the first wall defines an opening, and wherein the lighting system includes
a light source spaced apart from the opening in the near section of the protrusion in the first wall along the lateral direction
away from the cooking chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,455,878

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCED NETWORK IDENTIFICATION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for speeding up network identification, the method comprising:
generating, by an appliance, a first service set identifier for a first network hosted by the appliance, wherein at least
a first portion of the generated first service set identifier matches at least a second portion of a first basic service set
identifier associated with the appliance;

receiving, by a computing device, identification data for each of a plurality of networks, wherein the identification data
for each of the plurality of networks comprises a service set identifier and a basic service set identifier for such network,
and wherein the first network is included in the plurality of networks;

comparing, by the computing device for each of the plurality of networks, the service set identifier for such network to the
basic service set identifier for such network, wherein comparing, by the computing device for each of the plurality of networks,
the service set identifier for such network to the basic service set identifier for such network comprises determining, by
the computing device for each of the plurality of networks, whether a first string of characters included in the service set
identifier for such network matches a second string of characters in the basic service set identifier for such network; and

determining, by the computing device for each of the plurality of networks, whether to attempt to connect to such network
based at least in part on the comparison of the service set identifier for such network to the basic service set identifier
for such network, wherein determining, by the computing device for each of the plurality of networks, whether to attempt to
connect to such network based at least in part on the comparison of the service set identifier for such network to the basic
service set identifier for such network comprises:

ignoring, by the computing device, each of the plurality of networks for which it is determined that the first string of characters
included in the service set identifier for such network does not match the second string of characters included in the basic
service set identifier for such network; and

attempting, by the computing device, to connect to at least one of the plurality of networks for which it is determined that
the first string of characters included in the service set identifier for such network matches the second string of characters
included in the basic service set identifier for such network.

US Pat. No. 9,488,283

CONTROL VALVE FOR A GAS BURNER

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1. A control valve for a gas burner, the control valve defining a transverse direction and a lateral direction perpendicular
to the transverse direction, the control valve comprising:
a valve body defining an inlet conduit and a valve chamber, the inlet conduit having a width along the lateral direction and
a non-circular shape in a plane that is perpendicular to the transverse direction; and

a plug positioned within the valve chamber of the valve body, the plug defining a slot on an outer surface of the plug, the
slot including a width along the lateral direction, the plug also defining a flow chamber within the plug, the plug further
defining an aperture that has a non-circular shape, includes a width along the lateral direction, and extends perpendicular
to the lateral direction between the slot of the plug and the flow chamber of the plug, the plug configured to rotate about
the lateral direction within the valve chamber of the valve body in order adjust a position of the slot of the plug relative
to the inlet conduit of the valve body,

wherein the slot extends between a first end portion and a second end portion on the outer surface of the plug, a height of
the slot decreasing from the first end portion of the slot to the second end portion of the slot,

wherein the width of the inlet conduit, the width of the slot, and the width of the aperture are about equal, and
wherein a cross-sectional area of the inlet conduit is constant along the transverse direction.

US Pat. No. 9,412,048

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COOKWARE DETECTION

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A system for detecting cookware, the system comprising:
a vision sensor positioned so as to collect imagery depicting a cooktop;
one or more processors; and
one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors,
cause the one or more processors to perform operations, the operations comprising:

obtaining a frame of imagery depicting the cooktop;
performing background subtraction for the frame of imagery with respect to a reference frame of imagery depicting the cooktop
without any objects placed thereon;

after performing the background subtraction for the frame of imagery, using a classifier to classify the frame of imagery
as either depicting cookware or not depicting cookware; and

when the frame is classified as depicting cookware, performing one or more operations in response to the detected cookware.

US Pat. No. 9,410,280

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING THE SAME

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1. A method for operating a washing machine appliance, the washing machine appliance having a tub and a basket rotatably mounted
within the tub, the basket defining a liquid chamber for receipt of articles for washing, the method comprising:
flowing a first volume of liquid into the tub during a main wash cycle based on a treatment option selected by a user, the
first volume of liquid at a temperature controlled by the treatment option and independent of a temperature option selected
by the user;

agitating the articles within the basket for a first period at a first rate;
flowing a second volume of liquid into the tub during the main wash cycle based on the treatment option selected by the user,
the second volume of liquid at a temperature controlled by the temperature option and independent of the treatment option;
and

agitating the articles within the basket for a second period at a second rate,
wherein the treatment option and the temperature option are selected by a user independently of each other.

US Pat. No. 9,506,460

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A linear compressor, comprising:
a cylinder assembly defining a chamber;
a piston slidably received within the chamber of the cylinder assembly;
a driving coil;
an inner back iron assembly positioned in the driving coil, the inner back iron assembly having an outer surface;
a magnet mounted to the inner back iron assembly at the outer surface of the inner back iron assembly such that the magnet
faces the driving coil;

a machined spring positioned in the inner back iron assembly, the machined spring extending between the inner back iron assembly
and the cylinder assembly in order to couple the inner back iron assembly to the cylinder assembly;

a piston flex mount positioned in the machined spring, the piston flex mount coupled to the inner back iron assembly; and
a compliant coupling extending between the piston flex mount and the piston, the compliant coupling being compliant along
a radial direction that is perpendicular to an axial direction,

wherein a magnetic field of the driving coil engages the magnet in order to move the inner back iron assembly along the axial
direction in the driving coil and the piston within the chamber of the cylinder assembly during operation of the driving coil,

wherein the inner back iron assembly extends between a first end portion and second end portion, the machined spring mounted
to the inner back iron assembly at the first end portion of the inner back iron assembly, the machined spring extending through
the inner back iron assembly from the first end portion of the inner back iron assembly to the cylinder assembly, and

wherein the inner back iron assembly comprises an outer cylinder and an inner sleeve positioned within the outer cylinder,
the outer cylinder comprising a plurality of ferromagnetic laminations circumferentially distributed and mounted to one another,
the inner sleeve extending through the outer cylinder from the second end portion of the inner back iron assembly to the first
end portion of the inner back iron assembly, the machined spring fixed to the inner sleeve at the first end portion of the
inner back iron assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,551,494

MOUNTING BRACKET WITH THERMAL MAZE TO REDUCE HEAT TRANSFER RATE

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1. An oven appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a cooking chamber configured for receipt of food items for cooking, the cooking chamber having an exterior
wall;

a heating element configured to heat the cooking chamber;
a fan positioned at the cooking chamber and configured for creating an air flow in the cooking chamber;
a fan motor connected to the fan by a shaft; and
a bracket supported upon the exterior wall, the bracket having a body portion defining a plane, the fan motor supported by
the body portion of the bracket, the bracket comprising

a plurality of bracket attachment elements projecting from the body portion toward the exterior wall and configured for attaching
the bracket to the exterior wall of the cooking chamber, each bracket attachment element having a plurality of discrete contact
members providing the only contact between the bracket and the exterior wall of the cooking chamber, the discrete contact
members spacing the body portion of the bracket from the exterior wall;

a plurality of motor attachment elements integral with the body portion, each motor attachment element projecting from the
body portion toward the fan motor, each motor attachment element providing the only contact between the fan motor and the
body portion; and

a plurality of slots defined within the plane of the body portion of the bracket,
wherein a straight line constructed within the plane between any one of the motor attachment elements and any one of the bracket
attachment elements is intersected by at least one slot of the plurality of slots.

US Pat. No. 9,664,430

ICE MAKER FOR DISPENSING SOFT ICE AND RELATED REFRIGERATION APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

20. A method for operating a refrigerator appliance having a refrigeration cabinet that defines a freezer compartment and
a fresh food compartment, comprising:
forming ice cubes with an ice maker of the refrigerator appliance;
depositing the ice cubes within an ice cube storage bin of the refrigerator appliance;
maintaining the ice cubes within the ice cube storage bin at a select temperature, the select temperature being greater than
a freezing temperature of water such that the ice cubes within the ice cube storage bin melt during said step of maintaining;

collecting liquid water from the ice cubes within the ice cube storage bin, the liquid water generated during melting of the
ice cubes within the ice cube storage bin at said step of maintaining;

directing the liquid water from the ice cubes to an evaporation pan of the refrigerator appliance; and
evaporating the liquid water from the ice cubes within the evaporation pan.

US Pat. No. 9,861,257

DETERGENT DISPENSER MODULE FOR A DISHWASHING APPLIANCE

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1. A detergent dispenser module for a dishwashing appliance, the detergent dispenser module comprising:
a body extending between a top side and a bottom side, the body including an outer surface extending from the top side and
defining a detergent chamber between the outer surface and the bottom side, the detergent chamber being at least partially
formed by an upper sidewall, a lower sidewall and a bottom wall extending between the upper and lower sidewalls; and

at least one flow diverter including an angled wall extending outwardly from the outer surface at a location adjacent to the
upper sidewall of the detergent chamber, the angled wall being angled in a direction of a fluid collection opening defined
through a top of the upper sidewall such that fluid flowing downwardly along the outer surface of the body is directed into
the fluid collection opening, the at least one flow diverter further comprising a lip extending outwardly from the angled
wall towards the top side of the body.

US Pat. No. 9,649,006

FLUID CIRCULATION SYSTEM FOR DISHWASHER APPLIANCES

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1. A fluid circulation system for a dishwasher appliance, the dishwasher appliance comprising a tub that defines a wash chamber,
the fluid circulation system comprising:
a sump for receiving fluid from the wash chamber, the sump comprising a chamber having a sidewall and a base wall;
a pump, the pump comprising an impeller disposed within the chamber; and
a filter at least partially disposed within the chamber and surrounding the impeller, the filter comprising a sidewall having
an inner surface and an outer surface, the sidewall defining a plurality of perforations extending therethrough;

an outlet conduit for flowing fluid from the sump to the wash chamber, the outlet conduit in fluid communication with the
pump for receiving fluid from the pump;

a manifold disposed proximate the outer surface of the sidewall of the filter, the manifold defining a plurality of apertures
for flowing fluid therethrough and towards the outer surface of the sidewall of the filter; and

a valve disposed within the outlet conduit, the valve movable between a first position wherein fluid flowed through the valve
is exhausted from the valve into the outlet conduit and towards the wash chamber and a second position wherein fluid flowed
through the valve is diverted to the manifold.

US Pat. No. 9,533,894

WATER FILTERING SYSTEM WITH TEMPERATURE SENSING

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A fluid filtration system, comprising:
a filter manifold defining a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet;
a valve in upstream fluid communication with the filter manifold to control the flow of fluid thereto;
a filter cartridge attached to the filter manifold, the filter cartridge having a filter housing defining a chamber, the filter
cartridge defining an outlet for directing the flow of fluid out of the filter cartridge;

a filter element received into the chamber of the filter housing upstream from the filter outlet;
a first temperature sensor configured to detect the temperature of the filter cartridge, the first temperature sensor being
embedded in the filter housing;

a second temperature sensor for measuring the temperature of fluid passing through the filter outlet, the second temperature
sensor being positioned downstream from the chamber of the filter housing and upstream from the fluid outlet of the filter
manifold; and

at least one controller in communication with the first temperature sensor, the second temperature sensor, and the valve through
one or more leads, wherein the controller is configured to

receive temperature measurements through the one or more leads from the first temperature sensor and the second temperature
sensor when a fluid is flowed the filter cartridge,

predict a filter cartridge leak based on the temperature measurements over time, and
execute one or more corrective actions when a leak is predicted, the one or more corrective actions including signaling the
valve to stop a flow of fluid through the filter manifold.

US Pat. No. 9,447,977

APPLIANCE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining an air passage, the air passage configured for directing air through at least part of the cabinet;
an air handler positioned proximate the air passage, the air handler including a motor, a shaft and an impeller, the impeller
coupled to the shaft, the shaft selectively rotatable with the motor such that the impeller selectively urges a flow of air
through the air passage;

a housing, the impeller disposed within the housing;
a magnet mounted to the shaft of the air handler, the magnet disposed between the motor and the housing on the shaft of the
air handler; and

a magnetoresistive sensor positioned adjacent the magnet.

US Pat. No. 9,890,496

IMPELLER HOUSING FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dryer appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a vent;
an exhaust duct;
a drum rotatably mounted within the cabinet, the drum defining a chamber for receipt of articles for drying;
a motor;
an impeller in mechanical communication with the motor, the impeller rotatable with the motor in order to urge a flow of air
from the chamber from the drum to the vent of the cabinet;

a housing positioned within the cabinet, the housing having a transition duct extending between a volute of the housing and
an exhaust exit of the housing, the impeller positioned within the housing at the volute of the housing, the exhaust duct
extending between the exhaust exit of the housing and the vent of the cabinet, the transition duct having an inlet cross-section
immediately downstream of the volute of the housing and an outlet cross-section at the exhaust exit of the housing, the inlet
cross-section having a curvilinear trapezoidal shape, the outlet cross-section having a circular shape, the transition duct
continuously varying from the inlet cross-section to the outlet cross-section along a length of the transition duct,

wherein the inlet cross-section of the transition duct comprises a curved upper wall, a linear bottom wall and a pair of linear
sidewalls, the linear sidewalls of the pair of linear sidewalls extending between and connecting the curved upper wall and
the linear bottom wall.

US Pat. No. 9,611,580

DEBRIS GUARD FOR A WASHING MACHINE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance defining an axial direction, a radial direction, and a circumferential direction, the washing
machine appliance comprising:
a tub;
a basket rotatably mounted within the tub and including a bottom wall, the basket defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles
for washing; and

an agitation element disposed in the basket and including a perimeter lip, the perimeter lip extending along the axial direction
towards the bottom wall of the basket, the bottom wall of the basket including a ridge extending substantially parallel to
the axial direction towards the agitation element and along the circumferential direction in a loop on the bottom wall, the
ridge of the bottom wall positioned inwardly of the perimeter lip along the radial direction and proximate to the perimeter
lip to hinder debris from reaching a cavity defined between the agitation element and the bottom wall of the basket, wherein
the ridge of the bottom wall defines a plurality of notches configured to allow fluid to flow between adjacent portions of
the ridge and to the cavity defined between the agitation element and the bottom wall of the basket.

US Pat. No. 9,695,542

UNITARY SPRAY NOZZLE FOR A WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A unitary spray nozzle for a washing machine appliance, comprising:
an inlet body defining a bend along a length of the inlet body, the inlet body further defining an inlet conduit configured
for receiving a flow of wash fluid and directing the flow of wash fluid through the inlet body; and

an outlet body integrally formed within the inlet body and defining an outlet conduit, the outlet conduit being contiguous
with the inlet conduit of the inlet body such that the outlet conduit is configured for receiving the flow of was fluid from
the inlet conduit and directing the flow of wash fluid through the outlet body, the outlet conduit having a first cross-sectional
area at an entrance of the outlet conduit and a second cross-sectional area at an exit of the outlet conduit, a shape of the
second cross-sectional area being substantially arcuate, the shape of the second cross-sectional area being different than
a shape of the first cross-sectional area.

US Pat. No. 9,685,847

LINEAR MOTOR WITH ELECTROMAGNETICALLY ACTUATED SPRING MOVER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A linear motor comprising:
a spring having a plurality of coils;
a stator coaxially surrounding at least a portion of the spring, wherein the stator comprises a plurality of teeth; and
a plurality of windings respectively positioned within a plurality of winding cavities respectively formed by the plurality
of teeth, an uncompressed pitch of the spring being greater than a winding interval between each of the plurality of windings;

wherein application of electrical energy to the plurality of windings generates a magnetic field that flows through one or
more of the coils of the spring; and

wherein the flow of the magnetic field through the one or more coils of the spring causes the spring to actuate towards a
compressed position.

US Pat. No. 9,535,425

FAN AIRFLOW MONITORING SYSTEM IN AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance, comprising:
an ambient air passageway defined in the appliance, the ambient air passageway configured to direct circulating ambient air
around at least part of a chamber of the appliance;

a fan in communication with the ambient air passageway, the fan configured to selectively cause the ambient air to circulate
through the ambient air passageway;

an appliance control system configured to control a speed of the fan based on an operating mode of the appliance; and
an airflow monitoring system in communication with the ambient air passageway, the airflow monitoring system configured to
autonomously control a subsystem of the appliance based on a measured airflow rate within the ambient air passageway, the
airflow monitoring system including

an airflow measuring device disposed at least partly within the ambient air passageway, the airflow measuring device configured
to measure air velocity and determine the measured airflow rate through the ambient air passageway, and

an airflow monitoring controller configured to control the subsystem of the appliance based on the measured airflow rate by
the airflow measuring device and compare the measured airflow rate by the airflow measuring device with a dynamic predetermined
value of airflow velocity, where the dynamic predetermined value is dynamically determined according to a commanded fan speed;

wherein the appliance control system and the airflow monitoring system are both operably coupled to the subsystem of the appliance.

US Pat. No. 9,422,659

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE AND A METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

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11. A method for operating a washing machine appliance, comprising:
actuating a valve of the washing machine appliance to an open configuration in order to initiate a flow of liquid water through
a Venturi pump of the washing machine appliance, the Venturi pump drawing liquid additive from a tank of the washing machine
appliance into the flow of liquid through the Venturi pump after said step of actuating;

monitoring a flow rate of liquid additive from the tank to the Venturi pump with a flow meter of the washing machine appliance
after said step of actuating, the flow meter coupled to an additive conduit extending between the tank and the Venturi pump;

measuring a volume of liquid additive dispensed at the Venturi pump after the flow rate of liquid additive flowing from the
tank to the Venturi pump substantially decrease during said step of monitoring; and

operating the valve to a closed configuration in order to hinder the flow of liquid water to the Venturi pump after a predetermined
volume of liquid additive has been dispensed at the Venturi pump.

US Pat. No. 9,493,903

IMPELLER ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

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1. An impeller assembly for a dryer appliance, comprising:
a housing including a volute and a transition member, the housing configured to be positioned in a cabinet of the dryer appliance;
and

an impeller defining an axial direction and a circumferential direction, the impeller rotatable about the axial direction
and positioned within the volute of the housing, the impeller configured to urge a flow of air from the volute to the transition
member, the impeller including a hub and a plurality of blades, the hub positioned at a center of the impeller and the plurality
of blades spaced about the hub along the circumferential direction, each of the plurality of blades defining an outer tip,
and each outer tip defining a gap having a gap length with an adjacent outer tip, the gap lengths of consecutive gaps being
unequal, and the gap lengths of a plurality of consecutive gaps repeated sequentially.

US Pat. No. 9,854,957

METHODS FOR OPERATING DISHWASHER APPLIANCES HAVING ENERGY RECOVERY FEATURES

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1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining an interior;
a tub disposed within the interior and defining a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for cleaning;
a sump for collecting liquid from the chamber;
a drain conduit for draining liquid from the tub;
a fluid circulation conduit for circulating liquid in the tub;
a closed-loop adsorption assembly in fluid communication with the wash chamber, the closed-loop adsorption assembly comprising
a desiccant assembly, the desiccant assembly comprising a desiccant module, a heating unit and a fan; and

a controller, the controller in communication with the heating unit and the fan and configured for:
executing a wet cycle, wherein the heating unit and the fan are active during the wet cycle;
executing a delay period, the delay period occurring for a predetermined time period between the wet cycle and a dry cycle,
wherein the heating unit and the fan are active during the delay period;

draining liquid from the wash chamber after the delay period; and
executing a dry cycle, wherein the fan is active and the heating unit is inactive during the dry cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,856,595

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING THE SAME

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1. A method for operating a washing machine appliance comprising: a tub; a basket rotatably mounted within the tub, the basket
defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing; a hot water valve in fluid communication with a hot water source;
a cold water valve in fluid communication with a cold water source; a nozzle configured for flowing water from the hot water
valve and the cold water valve into the tub; a motor in mechanical communication with the basket, the motor configured for
selectively rotating the basket within the tub; and a controller in operative communication with the hot water valve and the
cold water valve, the method comprising:
calculating a hot water fill time and a cold water fill time based on an assumed hot water temperature, an assumed cold water
temperature, an assumed hot water flow rate, an assumed cold water flow rate, and a desired wash water temperature;

actuating the hot water valve to flow hot water for the hot water fill time; and
actuating the cold water valve to flow cold water for the cold water fill time,
wherein the calculating step is further based on a desired wash water volume, and
wherein the calculating step comprises executing the following equations:
t,h=[V,bath*(T,c?T,bath)]/[Q,h*(T,c?T,h)]
and
t,c=[V,bath*(T,bath?T,h)]/[Q,c*(T,c?T,h)]

wherein t,h is the hot water fill time; t,c is the cold water fill time; T,h is the assumed hot water temperature; T,c is
the assumed cold water temperature; Q,h is the assumed hot water flow rate; Q,c is the assumed cold water flow rate; T,bath
is the desired wash water temperature; and V,bath is the desired wash water volume.

US Pat. No. 9,598,809

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE WITH A DAMPER

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1. A washing machine appliance, comprising:
a cabinet;
a tub disposed within the cabinet; and
a damper comprising
a rod extending between a first end portion and a second end portion, the rod coupled to the cabinet at the first end portion
of the rod;

a cylinder positioned adjacent the second end portion of the rod, the cylinder defining an axis of motion;
a rigid piston disposed within the cylinder such that the rigid piston is slidable along the axis of motion within the cylinder,
the rigid piston comprising a center support positioned on the rod at the second end portion of the rod;

a compliant piston disposed within the cylinder such that the compliant piston is slidable along the axis of motion within
the cylinder, the compliant piston comprising a center support positioned on the rod at the second end portion of the rod;
and

wherein the compliant piston comprises a skirt positioned on an inner surface of the cylinder and an undulate disc portion
extending between the skirt of the compliant piston and the center support of the compliant piston, the undulate disc portion
coupling the skirt of the compliant piston to the center support of the compliant piston.

US Pat. No. 9,560,934

DOCKING STATION FOR A BEVERAGE DISPENSER HAVING A RESERVOIR

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1. A docking station for a beverage dispenser having a reservoir, comprising:
a base, the base including a tower and a projection extending from the tower, the projection configured to be positioned over
the reservoir of the beverage dispenser, a spout positioned on the projection, the spout configured for selectively directing
a flow of water into the reservoir of the beverage dispenser;

a reservoir sensor mounted to the base, the reservoir sensor configured for detecting the reservoir when the reservoir of
the beverage dispenser is positioned adjacent the base;

an ultraviolet light emitter mounted to the base, the ultraviolet light emitter configured for directing ultraviolet light
into the reservoir of the beverage dispenser, the ultraviolet light emitter positioned on the projection; and

a controller in operative communication with the reservoir sensor and the ultraviolet light emitter, the controller configured
for receiving a signal from the reservoir sensor when the reservoir of the beverage dispenser is positioned adjacent the base
and for activating the ultraviolet light emitter after receiving the signal from the reservoir sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,422,698

WASTE DISPOSAL WITH IMPROVED HOUSING CONFIGURATION

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1. A waste disposal for processing waste, the waste disposal comprising:
a motor defining a rotational axis;
a cutter plate coupled to the motor for rotation therewith;
a housing configured to encase the motor and the cutter plate, the housing comprising an upper housing portion and a lower
housing portion, the upper housing portion defining an inner surface at least partially forming a converging section of the
upper housing portion, the converging section extending axially between a first end and a second end, a radial dimension of
the housing being reduced as the upper housing portion extends axially along the converging section between the first and
second ends, the upper housing portion further defining an inlet through the converging section, the inlet defining a flow
for water flowing into the housing that extends lengthwise between an outer end terminating at a location exterior to the
housing and an inner end terminating at the inner surface of the upper housing portion, the inlet being oriented relative
to the housing such that a centerline of the flow path extends at a non-zero angle relative to a radial direction of the waste
disposal

wherein the inner surface defines a curved profile between the first and second ends of the converging section such that a
grind chamber of the housing is substantially dome-shaped along the converging section,

wherein at least a portion of the inner end of the inlet is radially aligned with the curved profile defined by the inner
surface along the converging section.

US Pat. No. 9,857,106

HEAT PUMP VALVE ASSEMBLY

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1. A heat pump, comprising:
a magnet generating a magnetic field;
a regenerator housing comprising a body and a stage, the body defining a chamber, the stage comprising a magneto-caloric material
disposed within the chamber, the regenerator housing movable along a lateral direction between a first position and a second
position relative to the magnet, the stage positioned within the magnetic field of the magnet when the regenerator housing
is in the first position, the stage positioned remote from the magnetic field of the magnet when the regenerator housing is
in the second position;

a pump operable to flow working fluid through the chamber of the regenerator housing;
a valve assembly for regulating a flow of the working fluid from the pump through the chamber of the regenerator housing,
the valve assembly comprising

a pair of inlet conduits extending along the lateral direction from the regenerator housing, the inlet conduits of the pair
of inlet conduits spaced apart from each other on the regenerator housing along a transverse direction that is perpendicular
to the lateral direction;

a pair of outlet conduits extending along the lateral direction from the regenerator housing, the outlet conduits of the pair
of outlet conduits spaced apart from each other on the regenerator housing along the transverse direction;

a valve body assembly defining a plurality of shafts, each shaft of the plurality of shafts receiving a respective conduit
of the pair of inlet conduits and the pair of outlet conduits, the conduits of the pair of inlet conduits and the pair of
outlet conduits slidable within the shafts of the plurality of shafts when the regenerator housing moves between the first
and second positions.

US Pat. No. 9,845,978

RESIDENTIAL HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A heat pump water heater comprising:
a water storage tank comprising a sidewall and a bottom wall; and
a condenser comprising a side portion that is wrapped around the sidewall, the condenser being positioned in a heat exchange
relationship with the water storage tank to heat contents of the water storage tank and having an inlet and an outlet,

wherein the inlet of the condenser is positioned proximate the bottom wall of the water storage tank so that refrigerant flow
through the condenser can be initiated through the side portion of the condenser that is proximate the bottom wall of the
water storage tank.

US Pat. No. 9,639,072

TEMPERATURE GRADIENT REDUCTION USING BUILDING MODEL AND HVAC BLOWER

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1. A method of reducing temperature gradients in a building having multiple rooms, the building also having an HVAC system
that includes at least one thermostat, at least one blower, one or more air treatment components for cooling the air, heating
the air, or both, the method comprising the steps of:
measuring a temperature TST at the thermostat and a temperature Ti of a room i in the building over a period of time ?tmeasure that includes operation of the HVAC system;

determining the operating states of the HVAC system during the period of time ?tmeasure;

providing a model M?Ti of a temperature difference ?Ti between the temperature at the thermostat TST and the temperature Ti of room i as function of the operating state of the HVAC system;

repeating said steps of measuring, determining, and providing for N?1 additional rooms in the building so as to provide a
model M?Ti of the temperature difference ?Ti between the temperature at the thermostat TST and the temperature Ti of each such additional room as a function of the operating state of the HVAC system for a total of N rooms;

combining N models M?Ti of the N rooms in the building so as to create an overall model M?T-ALL of the building; and

using the model M?T-ALL to determine whether to operate the blower so as to reduce one or more temperature gradients in the building, wherein using
the model M?T-ALL to determine whether to operate the blower comprises

using model M?T-ALL to predict temperatures TBL-ON in the building when the blower is operated,

using model M?T-ALL to predict temperatures TBL-OFF in the building when the blower is not operated, and

activating the blower, at least one of the air treatment components, or both when the difference between TBL-ON and TBL-OFF exceeds a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,596,976

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

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1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:
a tub defining a wash chamber;
a rack assembly disposed within the wash chamber of the tub;
a first spray assembly positioned adjacent the rack assembly such that the first spray assembly is positioned for directing
a first flow of wash fluid towards the rack assembly;

a second spray assembly positioned adjacent the rack assembly such that the second spray assembly is positioned for directing
a second flow of wash fluid towards the rack assembly;

a supply conduit; and
a manually actuated valve coupled to the supply conduit such that the manually actuated valve selectively permits wash fluid
from the supply conduit to flow to the second spray assembly, the manually actuated valve positioned on the rack assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,581,383

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCES

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1. A refrigerator appliance defining a vertical direction and a transverse direction, the refrigerator appliance comprising:
a cabinet;
a liner positioned within the cabinet defining a refrigerated chamber;
a track extending generally along the vertical direction attached to or positioned adjacent to the liner;
an electrical bar extending at least partially within the track; and
a shelf assembly configured for attachment to the track, the shelf assembly including a probe configured to contact and exert
a force on the electrical bar along the transverse direction when the shelf assembly is attached to the track such that the
probe establishes an electrical connection with the electrical bar when the shelf assembly is attached to the track, and wherein
the probe deforms the electrical bar when the shelf assembly is attached to the track.

US Pat. No. 9,528,505

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

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1. A linear compressor, comprising:
a cylinder assembly defining a chamber;
a piston slidably received within the chamber of the cylinder assembly;
a driving coil;
an inner back iron assembly positioned in the driving coil, the inner back iron assembly extending between a first end portion
and a second end portion, the inner back iron assembly having an outer surface;

a magnet mounted to the inner back iron assembly at the outer surface of the inner back iron assembly such that the magnet
faces the driving coil;

a machined spring comprising
a first cylindrical portion positioned adjacent the first end portion of the inner back iron assembly;
a second cylindrical portion positioned within and fixed to the inner back iron assembly;
a first helical portion extending between and coupling the first and second cylindrical portions together;
a third cylindrical portion positioned adjacent the second end portion of the inner back iron assembly; and
a second helical portion extending between and coupling the second and third cylindrical portions together;
an end cap having a flange, the first cylindrical portion of the machined spring positioned at the end cap, the machined spring
having a flange positioned at the first cylindrical portion of the machined spring, the flange of the machined spring and
the flange of the end cap defining an enclosed cavity therebetween; and

a conduit having an inlet and an outlet, the inlet of the conduit positioned for receiving discharge fluid from the chamber
of the cylinder assembly, the outlet of the conduit positioned for directing the discharge fluid from the chamber of the cylinder
assembly into the enclosed cavity in order to adjust a position of the first cylindrical portion of the machined spring relative
to the third cylindrical portion of the machined spring.

US Pat. No. 10,113,654

WATER DIVERTER ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHING APPLIANCE

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1. A dishwashing appliance, comprising:a tub defining a wash chamber, the tub including a top wall, a bottom wall and sidewalls extending between the top and bottom walls;
a first spray-arm assembly housed within the wash chamber;
a second spray-arm assembly housed within the wash chamber;
a pump configured to deliver fluid into the wash chamber;
a machinery compartment disposed below the bottom wall of the tub; and
a diverter assembly in fluid communication with the pump, the diverter assembly including:
a diverter head having a body portion and first and second outlets, the body portion and the first and second outlets forming a single unitary component, the first outlet being configured to be directly coupled to the first spray-arm assembly, the second outlet being configured to be directly coupled to a conduit in fluid communication with the second spray-arm assembly; and
a valve housing configured to be coupled to the diverter head, the valve housing defining an inlet in fluid communication with the pump and at least partially housing a diverter valve configured to divert the fluid received via the inlet to either the first outlet or the second outlet,
wherein the diverter assembly is mounted directly to the bottom wall of the tub, and
wherein the diverter head further comprises at least one mounting tab projecting outwardly from the body portion for mounting the diverter assembly to the bottom wall of the tub, the at least one mounting tab abutting against an outer surface of the bottom wall when the diverter head is inserted at least partially through an opening defined through the bottom wall, the outer surface of the bottom wall facing the machinery compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,841,195

NON-STICK, PYROLYTIC COATINGS FOR HEATING DEVICES

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1. A heating device, comprising:
an enamel base coat disposed on at least one surface of the heating device; and
a top coat disposed on the enamel base coat, the top coat comprising a pyrocatalytic, non-stick coating, the pyrocatalytic
non-stick coating comprising:

(i) a binder comprising a condensation product of a silica sol and at least one silane, the at least one silane including
methyltrimethoxysilane; and

(ii) a pyrolysis catalyst dispersed within the binder, wherein the catalyst comprises a perovskite crystalline material, a
pyrochlore crystalline material, a spinel crystalline material, an ilmenite crystalline material, or combinations thereof;
wherein

the pyrocatalytic, non-stick coating is a final coating on the at least one surface and the pyrocatalytic, non-stick coating
is free of fluorine.

US Pat. No. 9,765,464

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

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1. A method of washing articles in a wash chamber of a washing machine appliance, the method comprising:
receiving a user input of a user-selected water fill amount for a wash cycle of the washing machine appliance, there being
at least a small water fill amount, a medium water fill amount, and a large water fill amount, the user-selected water fill
amount being the large water fill amount, the large water fill amount being the largest water fill amount available for selection
by a user;

determining a characteristic of a load in the wash chamber of the washing machine appliance;
determining that an amount of water associated with the user-selected water fill amount is inadequate for the load in the
wash chamber based on the determined characteristic of the load in the wash chamber; and

providing the wash chamber of the washing machine appliance with an amount of water greater than the amount associated with
the user-selected water fill amount;

wherein regardless of any determined characteristics of the load of the washing machine appliance, selection of the small
water fill amount results in providing the wash chamber of the washing machine appliance with an amount of water equal to
an amount associated with the small water fill amount, and selection of the medium water fill amount results in providing
the wash chamber of the washing machine appliance with an amount of water equal to an amount associated with the medium water
fill amount.

US Pat. No. 9,664,411

WATER HEATER APPLIANCE WITH AN ANGLED ANODE

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1. A water heater appliance defining a vertical direction, the water heater appliance comprising:
a tank having a top wall, a bottom wall, and a vertical sidewall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall, the tank
defining an interior volume for receiving water for heating;

a boss including a threaded cylindrical portion, a face plate, a lip, and an elliptical junction between the face plate and
the lip, the elliptical junction of the boss welded to the vertical sidewall of the tank; and

an anode threaded to the threaded cylindrical portion of the boss, the anode extending through the tank into the interior
volume of the tank such that the anode is angled relative to the vertical sidewall of the tank.

US Pat. No. 9,585,540

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a dishwasher appliance comprising a detergent dispenser, the method comprising:
operating a variable speed pump of the dishwasher appliance at a first speed, the variable speed pump urging wash fluid to
a spray assembly within a wash chamber of the dishwasher appliance during said step of operating;

receiving a signal from a spray detecting sensor of the dishwasher appliance during said step of operating, the signal indicating
an intensity or concentration of wash fluid striking the detergent dispenser; and

changing a speed of the variable speed pump from the first speed based at least in part on the signal from the spray detection
sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,574,796

ELECTROCHEMICAL REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCES

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1. A refrigeration system, comprising:
a refrigerant, the refrigerant comprising a working fluid and an electrochemically active fluid;
a condenser;
an evaporator;
an electrochemical compressor in fluid communication with the condenser and the evaporator, the electrochemical compressor
comprising a housing, a first electrochemical cell disposed within the housing, and a second electrochemical cell disposed
within the housing;

a first phase separator in fluid communication with and disposed downstream of the condenser, the first phase separator comprising
an inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet, the first outlet configured to exhaust the working fluid, the second outlet
configured to exhaust the electrochemically active fluid, wherein the electrochemically active fluid exhausted from the second
outlet bypasses the evaporator; and

a second phase separator in fluid communication with and disposed downstream of the first outlet of the first phase separator,
the second phase separator comprising an inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet, the first outlet configured to exhaust
a liquid portion of the working fluid, the second outlet configured to exhaust a gaseous portion of the working fluid, wherein
the gaseous portion exhausted from the second outlet bypasses the evaporator; and

wherein the working fluid exhausted from the first outlet of the second phase separator is flowed through the evaporator.

US Pat. No. 9,857,105

HEAT PUMP WITH A COMPLIANT SEAL

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A heat pump, comprising:
a first frame body;
a second frame body spaced apart from the first frame body along a lateral direction;
a magnet disposed between the first and second frame bodies along the lateral direction, the magnet generating a magnetic
field;

a regenerator housing comprising a body, a first stage and a second stage, the body defining a plurality of chambers that
extends along the lateral direction, the first and second stages each comprising a magneto-caloric material disposed within
a respective chamber of the plurality of chambers, the regenerator housing movable along the lateral direction between a first
position and a second position relative to the magnet, the first stage positioned within the magnetic field of the magnet
and the second stage positioned remote from the magnetic field of the magnet when the regenerator housing is in the first
position, the second stage positioned within the magnetic field of the magnet and the first stage positioned remote from the
magnetic field of the magnet when the regenerator housing is in the second position;

a first compliant seal extending between the first frame body and the regenerator housing along the lateral direction in both
the first and second positions of the regenerator housing; and

a second compliant seal extending between the second frame body and the regenerator housing along the lateral direction in
both the first and second positions of the regenerator housing.

US Pat. No. 9,841,198

AIR CONDITIONER UNITS HAVING IMPROVED MAKE-UP AIR MODULE COMMUNICATION

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1. An air conditioner unit, comprising:
an outdoor heat exchanger disposed in an outdoor portion;
an indoor heat exchanger disposed in an indoor portion;
a compressor in fluid communication with the outdoor heat exchanger and the indoor heat exchanger;
a bulkhead disposed between the outdoor heat exchanger and the indoor heat exchanger along a transverse direction, the bulkhead
defining the indoor portion and the outdoor portion;

a vent aperture defined in the bulkhead in fluid communication between the outdoor portion and the indoor portion to allow
outdoor air therethrough;

a dehumidification system disposed at least partially within the outdoor portion to treat outdoor air flowing through the
vent aperture from the outdoor portion to the indoor portion, the dehumidification system comprising an evaporator configured
for removing heat from outdoor air flowing therethrough, a condenser configured for adding heat to outdoor air flowing therethrough,
and an auxiliary compressor in fluid communication with the evaporator and the condenser;

a humidity sensor disposed within the outdoor portion; and
a controller in communication with the compressor, the auxiliary compressor, and the humidity sensor, the controller configured
to deactivate the auxiliary compressor when the compressor is active and an outdoor humidity level sensed by the humidity
sensor is above a predetermined humidity threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,810,474

JOINT MEMBERS FOR REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE CASINGS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator casing, comprising:
a main casing body, the main casing body comprising a first sidewall, a second sidewall spaced apart from the first sidewall
along a lateral direction, and a top wall extending between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;

a casing bottom connected to the main casing body, the casing bottom comprising an upper flange extending generally along
the lateral direction between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;

a back wall connected to the main casing body, the back wall comprising a lower flange extending generally along the lateral
direction between the first sidewall and the second sidewall; and

a joint member comprising a body extending between a first end and a second end generally along the lateral direction, the
joint member connected to the upper flange and the lower flange, the body comprising a top surface, a bottom surface, a forward
face, and an aft face, and wherein a plurality of barrier channels are defined in a linear array in the aft ace between the
top surface and the bottom surface, each of the plurality of barrier channels extending generally along the lateral direction
between the first end and the second end, wherein the joint member further comprises a first protrusion extending from the
body at the first end and a second protrusion extending from the body at the second end, the first protrusion disposed within
a first pocket defined in the casing bottom, the second protrusion disposed within a second pocket defined in the casing bottom.

US Pat. No. 9,801,523

SPRAY DEVICE ASSEMBLY FOR DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

12. A dishwasher appliance comprising:
a cabinet defining a wash compartment;
a circulation assembly fluidly connected to the wash compartment for circulating a wash liquid; and
a spray device assembly defining an axial direction and configured to receive wash liquid from the circulation assembly, the
spray device assembly comprising

an outer tube extending along the axial direction, the outer tube defining an opening and an outer tube orifice extending
substantially continuously along a length of the outer tube; and

an inner tube rotatably positioned at least partially within the opening of the outer tube, the inner tube defining an inner
tube orifice extending substantially continuously along a length of the inner tube, the outer tube orifice and inner tube
orifice together defining a nozzle intersection point where the outer tube orifice and the inner tube orifice overlap, the
nozzle intersection point moving along the outer tube orifice as the inner tube and the outer tube are rotated relative to
one another.

US Pat. No. 9,726,379

MEASUREMENT DEVICE FOR DETERMINING OVEN HEATING PARAMETERS

HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTI...

1. A system for determining oven heating parameters, the system comprising:
an oven, the oven defining an oven floor;
a measurement device configured to be positioned within the oven, the measurement device comprising:
a support plate, the support plate defining a lower surface facing the oven floor and an upper surface opposite the lower
surface;

an upper sensor cup coupled to the support plate, the upper sensor cup defining an upper liquid well for receiving a first
volume of liquid, the upper sensor cup including a bottom wall defining a floor of the upper liquid well, the upper sensor
cup being positioned relative to the support plate such that at least a portion of the bottom wall of the upper sensor cup
is positioned above the upper surface of the support plate;

a lower sensor cup coupled to the support plate, the lower sensor cup defining a lower liquid well for receiving a second
volume of liquid, the lower sensor cup including a bottom wall defining a floor of the lower liquid well, the lower sensor
cup being positioned relative to the support plate such that at least a portion of the bottom wall of the lower sensor cup
is positioned below the lower surface of the support plate;

a first temperature sensor positioned adjacent to the floor of the upper liquid well such that the first temperature sensor
is configured to be in fluid contact with at least a portion of the first volume of liquid received within the upper liquid
well, the first temperature sensor being configured to monitor a temperature of the liquid contained within the upper liquid
well as the liquid is heated and evaporates from the upper sensor cup due to heat transferred from the oven; and

a second temperature sensor positioned adjacent to the floor of the lower liquid well such that the second temperature sensor
is configured to be in fluid contact with at least a portion of the second volume of liquid received within the lower liquid
well, the second temperature sensor being configured to monitor a temperature of the liquid contained within the lower liquid
well as the liquid is heated and evaporates from the lower sensor cup due to heat transferred from the oven.

US Pat. No. 9,687,136

TURBINE FLUID DIVERTER FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

20. A fluid flow diverter for a dishwasher appliance, comprising:
a housing defining an inlet for the ingress of a flow of fluid into a diverter chamber, the housing further defining an outlet
for the egress of fluid from the diverter chamber;

a distribution plate defining a plurality of outlet ports, the distribution plate positioned at the outlet of the housing,
the distribution plate having an inner surface defining embossments thereon;

a diverter disc positioned adjacent the distribution plate, the diverter disc defining a diverter aperture, the diverter disc
having a first side and a second side, the first side adjacent the inner surface of the distribution plate and in contact
with the embossments, the second side defining a ring gear;

a turbine wheel including a shaft defining a worm gear, the shaft extending along an axis defined through the turbine wheel,
the axis defined through the turbine wheel extending perpendicular to a flow direction, the turbine wheel positioned in the
flow of fluid such that the flow of fluid causes a rotational motion of the turbine wheel about the axis defined through the
turbine wheel; and

a gear shaft including a first helical gear and a second helical gear spaced apart along the gear shaft, the first helical
gear mating with the worm gear, the second helical gear mating with the ring gear,

wherein the worm gear, first helical gear, second helical gear, and ring gear transmit the rotational motion of the turbine
wheel to the diverter disc to rotate the diverter disc about an axis extending therethrough, the axis extending through the
diverter disc extending parallel to the flow direction.

US Pat. No. 9,638,461

METHOD FOR OPERATING A REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a refrigerator appliance, the method comprising:
detecting a user's presence;
associating the user's presence with a heated beverage preference; and
initiating heating of a liquid stored in the refrigerator appliance,
wherein the detecting step, the associating step and the initiating step are performed by a controller of the refrigerator
appliance, and wherein the initiating step occurs automatically in response to the associating step without an additional
user prompt.

US Pat. No. 9,666,388

CONTROL PANEL FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A control panel for an appliance, comprising:
a printed circuit board (PCB) having a first surface;
a tactile switch positioned on the PCB at the first surface of the PCB;
an elastic spacer sheet positioned over the PCB at the first surface of the PCB, the elastic spacer sheet defining an opening,
the tactile switch disposed within the opening of the elastic spacer sheet;

a rigid backer plate positioned over the elastic spacer sheet such that the rigid backer plate is positioned opposite the
PCB about the elastic spacer sheet, the rigid backer plate defining an opening, the opening of the rigid backer plate aligned
with the opening of the elastic spacer sheet; and

a plastic film positioned on the rigid backer plate such that the plastic film is positioned opposite the elastic spacer sheet
about the rigid backer plate,

wherein the rigid backer plate defines a thickness at the opening of the rigid backer plate and the elastic spacer sheet defines
a thickness at the opening of the elastic spacer sheet, the tactile switch also extending away from the PCB by a height, a
sum of the thickness of the rigid backer plate and the thickness of the elastic spacer sheet being about equal to the height
of the tactile switch.

US Pat. No. 9,624,617

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING A WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a washing machine appliance, the washing machine appliance having a wash basket positioned within
a tub and configured to receive a load of articles for washing, a plurality of valves, a spout configured for directing a
flow of water to the wash basket, and a controller in operative communication with the plurality of valves, the method comprising
the steps of:
initiating a wash cycle of the washing machine appliance;
beginning to dispense fluid into the wash basket;
determining whether a threshold fluid level has been reached and, if so, then
ascertaining a dispensed fluid volume;
determining whether the load of articles was wet before beginning to dispense fluid into the wash basket and, if so, then
adjusting one or more parameters of the wash cycle, wherein the controller determines the load of articles was wet before
beginning to dispense fluid into the wash basket if the dispensed fluid volume is less than a wet load threshold volume.

US Pat. No. 9,617,678

IMPELLER HOUSING FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A housing for an impeller of a dryer appliance, comprising:
a cylindrical portion configured for receiving the impeller, the cylindrical portion having a volute, the impeller configured
for providing an airflow through at least a portion of the dryer appliance; and

a transition duct extending between the volute and an exhaust exit, the transition duct defining a bend and having a first
cross-section and a second cross-section, the first cross-section positioned upstream of the bend at a first substantially
straight portion of the transition duct and the second cross-section positioned downstream of the bend at a second substantially
straight portion of the transition duct, the first cross-section and the second cross-section each defining a substantially
rectilinear shape, the substantially rectilinear shapes defined by the first and second cross-sections each being a polygon
shape having a plurality of substantially straight walls.

US Pat. No. 9,579,010

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance comprising:
a tub defining a wash chamber; and
a rack assembly comprising
a bracket positioned within the wash chamber of the tub, the bracket having a support projection that defines a plurality
of slots;

a post mounted to the bracket, the post extending through an outer surface of the tub;
a sleeve positioned opposite the bracket on the outer surface of the tub, the sleeve engaging the post such that the sleeve
hinders the post from retracting through the outer surface of the tub;

a slide rail positioned within the wash chamber and mounted on the support projection of the bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,541,305

WATER HEATER APPLIANCE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING A WATER HEATER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a water heater appliance during a hybrid heating mode, comprising:
measuring a temperature of water within the water heater appliance;
operating a heating element of the water heater appliance when the temperature of water within the water heater appliance
is less than a threshold temperature at said step of measuring, wherein a set temperature is greater than the threshold temperature,
a compressor of the sealed system of the water heater appliance turned off while operating the heating element of the water
heater appliance;

deactivating the heating element of the water heater appliance when the temperature of water within the water heater appliance
exceeds the threshold temperature after said step of operating;

activating a compressor of a sealed system of the water heater appliance after deactivating the heating element of the water
heater appliance; and

turning off the compressor of the sealed system of the water heater appliance when the temperature of water within the water
heater appliance is about the set temperature after said step of activating,

wherein the set temperature is no less than one hundred and forty degrees Fahrenheit, and the threshold temperature is no
less than one hundred and twenty degrees Fahrenheit and no greater than one hundred and twenty-five degrees Fahrenheit.

US Pat. No. 9,474,431

SOUND ABATEMENT FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwashing appliance, comprising:
a body that includes a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for washing, the wash chamber having an opening towards a
front of the body that provides access inside the wash chamber, the body defining opposing sides extending along a vertical
direction and a top side extending along a lateral direction;

a sound abating device connected to the body along the opposing sides and the top side and extending to a floor, the sound
abating device extending from the body and into contact with cabinetry located adjacent to the top side and the opposing sides,
the sound abating device comprising

a connecting portion for attachment to the body;
a baffle portion defining at least one chamber extending longitudinally along the sound abating device at the top and opposing
sides; and

a seam extending longitudinally along the sound abating device wherein the baffle portion and the connecting portion are joined,
wherein the entire baffle portion pivots relative to the connecting portion by positioning of the dishwashing appliance within
cabinetry.

US Pat. No. 10,126,025

MAGNETO CALORIC ASSEMBLIES

HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTI...

1. A magneto-caloric assembly, comprising:a first region comprising a first magneto-caloric material;
a second region disposed on the first region, the second region comprising
a second magneto-caloric material, and
a first matrix material comprising a polymer material within which the second magneto-caloric material is disposed; and
a third region disposed on the second region and comprising a thermally conductive composite material, wherein the second region is located between the first region and the third region.

US Pat. No. 10,089,101

UPDATING A SOFTWARE CONFIGURATION OF AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A computer-implemented method of updating a software configuration of an appliance;receiving, by one or more computing devices, a payload image file, the payload image file comprising an ignore list and a plurality of update images, each update image comprising software configuration data for an appliance control board associated with an appliance group;
obtaining, by the one or more computing devices, configuration data associated with a plurality of control boards present in a target appliance;
determining, by the one or more computing devices, an appliance payload associated with the target appliance based at least in part on the configuration data associated with the target appliance, the appliance payload comprising one or more update images to be associated with the target appliance, wherein the ignore list specifies one or more control boards that are not to receive an update;
determining whether a control board of the plurality of control boards is not represented by an update image in the payload image file and is not represented in the ignore list;
in response to determining that a control board of the plurality of control boards is not represented by an update image in the payload image file and is not represented in the ignore list, ceasing an update operation; and
in response to determining that a control board of the plurality of control boards is represented by an update image in the payload image file or is represented in the ignore list, providing the appliance payload to the target appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,060,067

DETERMINING OUT OF BALANCE CONDITIONS OF A WASHING MACHINE

HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTI...

1. A method of detecting an out of balance condition for a washing machine, the method comprising:determining a plurality of angular positions of a motor associated with a washing machine, the washing machine comprising a wash tub, and a wash basket rotatably mounted within the wash tub, wherein the motor is configured to rotate the wash basket within said wash tub;
receiving data indicative of at least a single phase of motor current being applied to the motor while the wash basket rotates;
spatially sampling the data indicative of the at least a single phase of motor current at each determined angular position of the motor;
selecting a frequency band associated with the motor current, based at least in part on a rotational speed of the motor, by:
determining a fundamental frequency associated with the motor current based at Least in part on one or more motor specifications: and
determining a sideband frequency of the motor current with reference to the fundamental frequency based at least in part on the rotational speed; and
determining an out of balance condition associated with the washing machine based at least in part on the sampled data and the selected frequency band.

US Pat. No. 9,841,194

OVEN APPLIANCES HAVING IMPROVED OVEN BURNER AIR SUPPLIES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An oven appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a cooking chamber, the cooking chamber configured for receipt of items to be cooked and comprising a top
wall and a bottom wall spaced from the top wall along a vertical direction;

a gas burner assembly, the gas burner assembly comprising a burner tube disposed within the cooking chamber adjacent the top
wall, the burner tube defining a passage extending from an inlet and further defining a plurality of outlet ports, each of
the plurality of outlet ports providing fluid communication between the passage and the cooking chamber;

a conduit defined within the cabinet, the conduit defining a passage disposed exterior to the cooking chamber, the passage
extending from an inlet, and further defining a plurality of outlet apertures, each of the plurality of outlet apertures providing
fluid communication between the passage and the cooking chamber;

a duct defining a passage extending between an inlet and an outlet, the passage disposed exterior to the cooking chamber,
the outlet in fluid communication with the inlet of the burner tube for flowing primary air through the inlet of the burner
tube and in fluid communication with the inlet of the conduit for flowing secondary air through the inlet of the conduit;
and, a panel, the panel comprising a top surface and an opposing bottom surface, the bottom surface partially defining the
cooking chamber, the top surface partially defining the passage of the conduit, wherein the plurality of outlet apertures
are defined in the panel, each of the plurality of outlet apertures extending between the top surface and the bottom surface.

US Pat. No. 9,743,822

VARIABLE POSITION DIVERTER FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:
a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing;
a pump for providing fluid flow for cleaning the articles; and
a diverter for selectively controlling the fluid flow to a plurality of spray assemblies, the diverter defining an axial direction,
a radial direction, and a circumferential direction, the diverter comprising:

a housing;
a fluid inlet for receiving fluid flow from the pump;
a fluid outlet comprising a first outlet port, a second outlet port, a third outlet port, and a fourth outlet port, each being
spaced apart by 90 degrees along the circumferential direction; and

a valve positioned within the housing, the valve being rotatable along the circumferential direction, the valve comprising:
a disk defining a flange extending around a circumference of the disk and along the axial direction toward the fluid inlet,
the disk further defining a first aperture positioned at 0 degrees, a second aperture positioned at 90 degrees, and a third
aperture positioned at 225 degrees; and

a positioning assembly configured to rotate the disk incrementally through eight angular positions, each of the eight angular
positions being separated by 45 degrees,

wherein when the disk is in a first position, the first aperture is in fluid communication with the third outlet port and
the second aperture is in fluid communication with the second outlet port;

wherein when the valve disk is in a second position, the third aperture is in fluid communication with the fourth outlet port;
wherein when the valve disk is in a third position, the first aperture is in fluid communication with the second outlet port
and the second aperture is in fluid communication with the first outlet port;

wherein when the valve disk is in a fourth position, the third aperture is in fluid communication with the third outlet port;
wherein when the valve disk is in a fifth position, the first aperture is in fluid communication with the first outlet port
and the second aperture is in fluid communication with the fourth outlet port;

wherein when the valve disk is in a sixth position, the third aperture is in fluid communication with the second outlet port;
wherein when the valve disk is in a seventh position, the first aperture is in fluid communication with the fourth outlet
port and the second aperture is in fluid communication with the third outlet port; and

wherein when the valve disk is in an eighth position, the third aperture is in fluid communication with the first outlet port.

US Pat. No. 9,736,123

SPRAY ARM ASSEMBLIES FOR DISHWASHER APPLIANCES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A spray arm assembly for a dishwasher appliance having a wash chamber, the spray arm assembly comprising:
a first spray arm comprising an outer surface, the first spray arm defining an interior and a plurality of apertures in fluid
communication with the interior and through the outer surface such that a fluid within the interior is emitted from each of
the plurality of apertures directly into the wash chamber, the first spray arm further extending along and rotatable about
a longitudinal axis such that the outer surface rotates about the longitudinal axis;

a central housing defining and rotatable about a central axis, the central axis generally perpendicular to the longitudinal
axis;

a second spray arm spaced apart from the first spray arm about the central axis, the second spray arm extending along the
longitudinal axis and stationary about the longitudinal axis; and

a bevel drive assembly disposed within the central housing, the bevel drive assembly comprising a drive member, an axle member,
and an idler member, the axle member mounted to the arm member, wherein rotation of the first spray arm is caused by rotation
of an axle member about the longitudinal axis and rotation of the axle member about the longitudinal axis is caused by emission
of fluid from an interior of the second spray arm, and wherein the drive member and the idler member are symmetrically oriented
about the longitudinal axis.

US Pat. No. 9,697,436

METHOD FOR SELECTING AN IMAGE OF AN APPLIANCE WITH A SUITABLE POSITION OR ORIENTATION OF A DOOR OF THE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for selecting an image of an appliance with a suitable position or orientation of a door of the appliance:
obtaining, by the controller, a digital RGB image from a camera of the appliance while the door of the appliance is opening,
the camera positioned on the door of the appliance, the digital RGB image including a plurality of optical fiducials positioned
on the appliance, each optical fiducial of the plurality of optical fiducials colored one of red, green, yellow and blue;

converting, by the controller, the digital RGB image from said step of obtaining to a Lab color space in order to generate
at least one of an A plane image or a B plane image from the digital RGB image, the A plane image is generated at said step
of converting if one of the plurality of optical fiducials is red or green and the B plane image is generated at said step
of converting if one of the plurality of optical fiducials is yellow or blue;

calculating, by the controller, a normalized cross-correlation between a portion of the A or B plane images from said step
of converting and a portion of a reference image, the door being at a reference position in the reference image, said step
of calculating comprising calculating the normalized cross-correlation between a line of the A plane image from said step
of converting and a line of the reference image if one of the plurality of optical fiducials is red or green and calculating
the normalized cross-correlation between a line of the B plane image from said step of converting and the line of the reference
image if one of the plurality of optical fiducials is yellow or blue; and

saving, by the controller, the digital RGB image from said step of obtaining when a normalized cross-correlation factor from
said step of calculating is greater than a predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 9,693,669

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE HAVING BACKFLOW DEVICE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance defining a vertical direction, comprising:
a tub defining a wash chamber;
a sump positioned at a bottom portion of the tub along the vertical direction;
a filter assembly disposed within the sump, the filter assembly comprising
a first filter extending substantially along the horizontal direction;
a second filter defining an inlet and extending substantially along the vertical direction, the inlet of the second filter
defining one or more openings, the second filter further defining a top end along the vertical direction with the inlet positioned
at the top end, wherein the second filter further includes one or more ribs extending along the vertical direction and a shaft
extending along the vertical direction away from the inlet; and

a backflow device positioned within the second filter and slidably attached to the second filter, the backflow device moveable
relative to the inlet of the second filter between an open position and a closed position, the backflow device allowing fluid
flow through the inlet of the second filter when in the open position and preventing fluid flow through the inlet of the second
filter when in the closed position, wherein the backflow device defines one or more slots into which the one or more ribs
are received and further defines an opening slidably attached to the shaft of the second filter;

wherein the backflow device defines one or more flow openings, and wherein the one or more flow openings of the backflow device
define a non-overlapping relationship with each of the one or more openings of the inlet of the second filter when the backflow
device is in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,696,039

GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A gas burner assembly defining a vertical direction, the gas burner assembly comprising:
a burner body defining a plurality of flame ports;
a temperature probe extending through the burner body such that a distal end of the temperature probe is positioned above
the burner body along the vertical direction, the distal end of the temperature probe movable along the vertical direction
between an extended position and a retracted position;

a biasing mechanism coupled to the temperature probe, the biasing mechanism urging the distal end of the temperature probe
towards the extended position; and

a jacket positioned over the distal end of the temperature probe, a bottom flange of the jacket positioned below a bottom
surface of the burner body along the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,642,511

IN-SITU DOOR REMOVAL DEVICE IN A DISHWASHING APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwashing appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for washing, the cabinet comprising a pair of opposing side
walls, a top wall, and a rear wall;

a tub disposed inside the cabinet and configured with a front opening;
a door positioned at the front opening and hinged at a bottom of the door;
a pair of one-piece hinges supported on the door near the bottom and disposed proximate the opposing side walls of the cabinet,
each hinge defining a top edge, bottom edge, hinge distal end, and hinge proximal end, the hinge proximal end removably coupled
to the door, the hinge distal end defining an arched cutout extending from an enlarged entrance at the bottom edge toward
the front opening, the arched cutout terminating near the hinge distal end; and

at least one spring linkage, each spring linkage attached to one of the hinges, each spring linkage comprising
a clevis removably coupled to the cutout, the clevis defining a clevis proximal end and a clevis distal end, the clevis further
comprising a pair of legs positioned on opposing sides of the hinge and extending from the clevis distal end towards the clevis
proximal end, and

a clevis connecting pin disposed between the pair of legs at the clevis distal end, each clevis leg further comprising at
least one tool bore configured for complementary receipt of a linkage removal tool.

US Pat. No. 9,420,936

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE AND A SPRAY ASSEMBLY FOR THE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:
a tub that defines a wash chamber;
a rack assembly slidably positioned within the wash chamber of said tub and configured for receipt of articles for washing;
a spray assembly mounted within the wash chamber to a top wall of said tub and configured for directing a spray of wash fluid
towards said rack assembly, said spray assembly defining a lateral direction, said spray assembly comprising

a spray body;
a pair of links, each link of said pair of links rotatably mounted to said tub and said spray body, said pair of links comprising
a water link that is configured for supplying wash fluid to said spray body, said spray body defining a plurality of outlets
for directing wash fluid towards said rack assembly;

a crank configured for rotation about an axis of rotation; and
a coupler rotatably mounted to one of said pair of links and said crank such that said coupler extends between and connects
said crank and the one of said pair of links;

wherein said spray body moves along the lateral direction when said crank rotates about the axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,863,645

OVEN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An oven appliance defining a lateral direction and a transverse direction, the lateral and transverse directions being
perpendicular to each other, the oven appliance comprising:
a cabinet defining a cooking chamber and an opening for accessing the cooking chamber of the cabinet, the cabinet extending
between a first side portion and a second side portion along the lateral direction;

a heating element positioned at the cooking chamber of the cabinet;
a first slide assembly mounted to the cabinet at the first side portion of the cabinet;
a second slide assembly mounted to the cabinet at the second side portion of the cabinet;
a door positioned adjacent the opening of the cabinet, the door comprising a front panel and a liner coupled to the front
panel, the first and second slide assemblies coupling the door to the cabinet such that the door is movable along the transverse
direction relative to the cabinet;

a hinge assembly coupling the door to at least one of the first and second slide assemblies such that the door is pivotable
between a vertical position and a peak position, the hinge assembly comprising:

a bracket coupled to the front panel of the door, and
a hinge arm extending through the liner and rotatably mounted to the bracket; and
a biasing device coupled to the door, the biasing device configured for urging the door towards the vertical position, wherein
the hinge assembly further comprises a pivot pin, the pivot pin defining a passage, and wherein a first end of the biasing
device extends through the passage of the pivot pin of the hinge assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,803,310

APPLIANCE INTERFACE AND INPUT CHASSIS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance user interface comprising:
an input chassis defining a connection aperture extending therethrough;
a contact plate disposed above the connection aperture of the input chassis, the contact plate including a top surface facing
away from the input chassis and a bottom surface facing toward the input chassis;

a conductive spring coupled to the contact plate at the bottom surface of the contact plate, the conductive spring extending
through the connection aperture and above the chassis;

a printed circuit board attached to the conductive spring below the input chassis; and
a support wall extending from the contact plate and disposed about the conductive spring between the contact plate and the
connection aperture of the input chassis, wherein the support wall includes a resilient support arm attached to the contact
plate in a biased engagement and extending to the input chassis in attachment therewith, and wherein the biased engagement
urges the contact plate and spring towards the printed circuit board in an interference fit between the contact plate and
the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,709,284

APPLIANCE USER INTERFACE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A user interface assembly for an appliance, comprising:
a panel including a user interface and a selection portion within the user interface;
a first printed circuit board spaced apart from the panel, the first printed circuit board comprising a plurality of light
sources;

a second printed circuit board disposed between the panel and the first printed circuit board, the second printed circuit
board comprising

one or more apertures for the passage of light therethrough,
a capacitive touch sensing system for sensing touch inputs by a user of the user interface assembly, and
a button portion adjacent the selection portion of the panel; and
a light guide positioned between the first printed circuit board and the second printed circuit board adjacent the selection
portion, the light guide surrounding one or more light sources such that the light guide directs substantially all light from
the one or more light sources to the user interface in order to display a graphic with multiple images within the selection
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,695,538

BALANCE RING AND FASTENER GUIDE FOR A WASHING MACHINE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine, comprising:
a wash tub;
a wash basket mounted in said wash tub and rotatable about an axis of rotation, said wash basket having a wash basket opening
for receiving wash fluid and a wash load therein, said wash basket including an external surface extending circumferentially
about the axis of rotation of said wash basket;

a motor in mechanical communication with said wash basket and configured for causing said wash basket to rotate;
a balance ring mounted to an external surface of a rotating member of the washing machine, said balance ring configured to
offset imbalances created by articles in the wash tub when said wash basket is rotated by said motor, said balance ring defining
an annular space extending circumferentially;

at least one fastener guide for attaching said balance ring to said wash basket, said fastener guide comprising:
a pair of legs extending from said balance ring and spaced apart from each other along a radial direction that is perpendicular
to the axis of rotation of said wash basket; and

a boss comprising a solid cylindrical wall that extends along the radial direction and is connected to said pair of legs and
extends therebetween without otherwise being connected to said balance ring, said solid cylindrical wall defining a passageway;

a fastener received within the passageway of said solid cylindrical wall and extending along the radial direction to connect
said balance ring to the rotating member of the washing machine,

wherein said solid cylindrical wall, said pair of legs, and said balance ring define a space that provides separation between
said solid cylindrical wall and said balance ring.

US Pat. No. 9,688,546

ELECTRICAL CONNECTION FOR AN APPLIANCE WATER FILTER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A water filter assembly, comprising:
a manifold that defines an inlet for receiving unfiltered water and an outlet for directing filtered water out of the water
filter assembly, the manifold defining a port, the manifold comprising

a rotatable cylinder in fluid communication with the inlet and outlet, the rotatable cylinder defining the port;
a housing into which the rotatable cylinder is received, the cylinder rotatable within the housing between an installed position
and an uninstalled position; and

a mounting bracket having a pair of arms to which the housing is attached, the housing positioned between the pair of arms;
a filter cartridge removably received into the port of the manifold, the filter cartridge comprising a housing and a filtering
media positioned therein for filtering a flow of water through the water filter assembly, the filter cartridge rotatable between
the installed position and the uninstalled position;

a plurality of electrical contacts positioned on the housing of the filter cartridge; and
a plurality of wire form contacts received onto the manifold, the wire form contacts movable between a first position when
the filter cartridge is in the uninstalled position and a second position when the filter cartridge is in the installed position,
wherein in the first position the wire form contacts are not in contact with the electrical contacts on the housing of the
filter cartridge and in the second position the wire form contacts are in contact with the electrical contacts.

US Pat. No. 9,689,576

OVEN APPLIANCE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING AN OVEN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating an oven appliance, the oven appliance including a cooking chamber for receipt of food items for
cooking, the method comprising:
establishing a cook mode of the oven appliance;
measuring a temperature Tinitial;

initiating a preheat cycle of the oven appliance;
counting a time tpre;

determining whether time tpre has reached a threshold time tthr and, if so, then

measuring a temperature Tthr;

determining whether the cooking chamber of the oven appliance is heavily loaded and, if so, then
increasing convection airflow within the cooking chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,651,265

OVEN APPLIANCE WITH DUAL OPENING AND CLOSING DOORS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An oven appliance defining a lateral direction and a transverse direction that are perpendicular to each other, the oven
appliance comprising:
a cabinet defining a chamber for the receipt of food items for cooking, the chamber being accessible through an opening defined
by said cabinet;

a heating element for providing heat to the food items for cooking in the chamber of said cabinet;
a first door rotatably mounted proximate the opening of said cabinet;
a second door rotatably mounted proximate the opening of said cabinet, said first door and said second door rotatable between
an open position and a closed position in order to permit selective access to the chamber of said cabinet through the opening
of said cabinet;

a pair of handles, each handle of the pair of handles mounted to a respective one of said first and second doors; and
a linkage assembly coupling said first door and said second door such that said first door and said second door rotate between
the open position and the closed position simultaneously when one of said first and second doors is manually rotated, said
linkage assembly comprising:

a first linkage arm extending between a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion of said first linkage
arm connected to said first door;

a first gear spaced apart from the first door along the transverse direction, the first gear having a plurality of teeth,
the second end portion of said first linkage, arm rotatably connected to said first gear at a fixed point on said first gear;

a second gear spaced apart from the second door along the transverse direction, the second gear having a plurality of teeth,
the plurality of teeth of said second gear engaging the plurality of teeth of said first gear; and

a second linkage arm extending between a first end portion and a second end portion, the first end portion of said second
linkage arm connected to said second door, the second end portion of said second linkage arm rotatably connected to said second
gear at a fixed point on said second gear, the second linkage arm spaced apart from the first linkage arm along the lateral
direction,

wherein said first and said second gears each have an axis of rotation about which said first and second gears are respectively
rotatable and an engagement edge radially spaced apart from the axis of rotation, the plurality of teeth of said first and
second gears uniformly distributed on the engagement edge of said first and second gears, said first and said second gears
having no teeth positioned opposite the engagement edge of said first and second gears,

wherein said first and said second gears each have a leg positioned opposite the engagement edge of said first and second
gears and extending radially away from the axis of rotation of said first and second gears by more than the radius of the
plurality of teeth of said first and second gears, the second end portion of said first linkage arm rotatably mounted to the
leg of said first gear, and the second end portion of said second linkage arm rotatably mounted to the leg of said second
gear.

US Pat. No. 9,644,311

RECHARGING OF NFC SYSTEM AND ALGORITHMS TO CONSERVE POWER SUPPLY OF NFC SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR CLOTHES DRYER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

7. A clothes dryer, comprising:
a cabinet;
a drum rotatably mounted within said cabinet, said drum defining a space for the receipt of clothes for drying;
one or more sensors positioned within the drum, wherein said one or more sensors respectively output one or more output signals
indicative of an amount of moisture contained within the clothes;

a near field communication (NFC) tag positioned on an exterior surface of said drum and wired to receive the output signals
from the plurality of sensors;

a rechargeable battery power supply electrically connected to said NFC tag;
a battery charging circuit; and
an NFC reader positioned exterior to the drum and in operative communication with a controller of the clothes dryer, such
that the operation of the clothes dryer can be controlled based on the amount of moisture contained within the clothes;

wherein said NFC tag uses near field communication to provide sensor and battery voltage level data to said NFC reader;
wherein said NFC reader is stationary and positioned adjacent to a rotational path of said NFC tag; and
wherein said battery charging circuit charges said rechargeable battery based at least in part on whether the drum is rotating.

US Pat. No. 9,644,878

ICE MAKING ASSEMBLY AND AN ICE BUCKET

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An ice making assembly that defines a vertical direction, comprising:
a casing;
an ice making auger rotatably mounted within the casing;
an ice making motor configured for selectively rotating the ice making auger within the casing;
a removable ice bucket comprising
a bottom wall;
a sidewall extending between a top portion and a bottom portion along the vertical direction, the sidewall defining an opening
at the top portion of the sidewall, the sidewall mounted to the bottom wall at the bottom portion of the sidewall, the sidewall
defining a handle and a storage volume, the opening positioned for receiving ice nuggets from the casing such that ice nuggets
from the casing enter the storage volume at the opening;

an ice bucket auger disposed within the storage volume;
an ice bucket motor configured for selectively rotating the ice bucket auger within the storage volume, the ice bucket motor
positioned above the storage volume along the vertical direction;

a latch assembly configured for selectively securing the ice bucket in an ice receiving position; and
a first gear fixed to the ice bucket auger at the proximal end portion of the ice bucket auger, the first gear permitting
removable coupling of the ice bucket auger to a second gear on the ice bucket motor.

US Pat. No. 9,631,817

COOKTOP APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A cooktop appliance, comprising:
a panel having an outer surface;
a plurality of gas burners positioned at the outer surface of the panel;
a griddle plate positioned over at least one gas burner of the plurality of gas burners, the griddle plate having a bottom
surface that faces the outer surface of the panel;

an electric heating element mounted to the griddle plate, the electric heating element having a plug;
a socket mounted to the panel, the socket receiving the plug of the electric heating element;
a gas conduit extending to the at least one gas burner of the plurality of gas burners; and
a switch coupled to the gas conduit, the switch configured for obstructing gas fuel flow to the at least one gas burner of
the plurality of gas burners when the griddle plate is positioned over the at least one gas burner of the plurality of gas
burners;

wherein the switch is also configured for interrupting power to an igniter of the at least one gas burner of the plurality
of gas burners and the socket when the griddle plate is positioned over the at least one gas burner of the plurality of gas
burners.

US Pat. No. 9,631,843

MAGNETIC DEVICE FOR MAGNETO CALORIC HEAT PUMP REGENERATOR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A magnetic device for a magnetocaloric heat pump, comprising:
an outer magnetic flux circuit, comprising
a first plurality of magnets arranged in pairs along a circumferential direction of the device with magnet polarity of the
pairs alternating between north poles facing inward and north poles facing outward from pair to pair along the circumferential
direction;

an inner magnetic flux circuit located radially inward from the outer magnetic flux circuit and comprising
a second plurality of magnets arranged along the circumferential direction and spaced apart from each other; and
wherein the outer magnetic circuit and the inner magnetic circuit create at least four fields of increased magnetic flux density
between the outer magnetic circuit and the inner magnetic circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,596,974

FLUID CIRCULATION SYSTEM FOR DISHWASHER APPLIANCES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A fluid circulation system for a dishwasher appliance, the dishwasher appliance comprising a tub that defines a wash chamber,
the fluid circulation system comprising:
a sump for receiving fluid from the wash chamber, the sump comprising a chamber having a sidewall and a base wall;
a pump, the pump comprising an impeller disposed within the chamber; and
a filter at least partially disposed within the chamber and surrounding the impeller, the filter comprising a sidewall, the
sidewall defining a plurality of perforations extending therethrough; and

a shelf cantilevered from the sidewall of the sump towards the filter, wherein the shelf comprises a ledge and a support member,
the ledge extending between a first end and a second end, the first end contacting the sidewall, and second end spaced from
the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 9,574,334

STATIONARY CUTTER RING FOR WASTE DISPOSALS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A cutter for a waste disposal, the cutter comprising:
a cutter ring including an upper surface and a lower surface, the cutter ring defining a plurality of cutter slots, each cutter
slot extending between a top end and a bottom end and being defined by a first curved sidewall and a second curved sidewall,

wherein the first and second curved sidewalls extend between the top and bottom ends such that each cutter slot defines a
curved profile extending axially and circumferentially between the upper and lower surfaces of the cutter ring.

US Pat. No. 9,562,694

DOUBLE OVEN RANGE APPLIANCE AND A GAS BURNER AND FLOOR ASSEMBLY FOR AN OVEN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A double oven range appliance that defines a vertical direction and a transverse direction that are perpendicular to each
other, comprising:
a cabinet that extends between a top portion and a bottom portion along the vertical direction, the cabinet having an upper
cooking chamber positioned adjacent the top portion of the cabinet and a lower cooking chamber positioned adjacent the bottom
portion of the cabinet;

a baking gas burner; and
a floor assembly positioned at the bottom portion of the cabinet, the floor assembly comprising
a cooking chamber bottom panel having an upper surface and a projection, the projection extending away from the upper surface
of the bottom panel along the vertical direction, the projection including a top wall and a pair of sidewalls, the projection
defining a plurality of openings that are spaced apart from each other along the transverse direction, the plurality of openings
defined through each sidewall of the pair of sidewalls, the baking gas burner positioned at the plurality of openings defined
through the top wall such that the baking gas burner is positioned above the plurality of openings along the vertical direction,wherein
the plurality of openings defined through each sidewall are directed towards the upper surface of the bottom panel as a plurality
of thermal breaks;

a floor panel positioned below the cooking chamber bottom panel along the vertical direction such that the floor panel and
the cooking chamber bottom panel define a baffle therebetween; and

an insulation panel mounted to the floor panel such that the insulation panel is disposed below the plurality of openings
along the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,776

PACKAGED TERMINAL AIR CONDITIONER UNIT

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A packaged terminal air conditioner unit, comprising:a casing extending between an exterior side portion and an interior side portion;
a compressor positioned within the casing, the compressor operable to compress a refrigerant;
an exterior coil positioned within the casing at the exterior side portion of the casing;
a primary interior coil positioned within the casing at the interior side portion of the casing;
a secondary interior coil positioned within the casing at the interior side portion of the casing;
a reversing valve positioned within the casing, the reversing valve being in fluid communication with the compressor in order to receive compressed refrigerant from the compressor and selectively direct the compressed refrigerant from the compressor;
an ejector configured for combining two or more streams of refrigerant;
a primary loop having a first portion extending between the reversing valve and the exterior coil, a second portion extending between the exterior coil and the ejector, a third portion extending between the ejector and the primary interior coil, and a fourth portion extending between the primary interior coil and the reversing valve;
an auxiliary loop conduit having a first portion extending between the third portion of the primary loop and the secondary interior coil, a second portion extending between the secondary interior coil and the second portion of the primary loop, and a third portion extending between the secondary interior coil and the ejector; and
a check valve coupled to the second portion of the auxiliary loop conduit to prevent refrigerant from flowing from the exterior coil into the secondary interior coil.

US Pat. No. 10,088,212

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE AND DISPENSER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance comprising:a cabinet defining a storage compartment;
an ice maker disposed within the storage compartment;
a door attached to the cabinet to selectively restrict access to the storage compartment, the door defining a dispenser recess in selective communication with the ice maker; and
a dispenser conduit disposed on the door within the dispenser recess, the dispenser conduit including a stationary inner funnel and a slidable outer funnel extending along a passage axis, the stationary inner funnel having an internal surface and an external surface; the internal surface facing the passage axis and defining at least a portion of an ice passage, the external surface facing away from the passage axis, the slidable outer funnel being disposed over the external surface of the stationary inner funnel to selectively define an extended portion of the ice passage,
wherein the stationary inner funnel extends along the passage axis from an upper portion to a lower portion,
wherein the slidable outer funnel extends along the passage axis from an upper portion to a lower portion, and
wherein the slidable outer funnel defines a rear opening extending through the slidable outer funnel radially outward from the passage axis and along the passage axis from the lower portion of the stationary inner funnel to the lower portion of the slidable outer funnel.

US Pat. No. 9,863,083

DISPENSING SYSTEM UTILIZING MASS FLOW OF WATER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance defining a vertical direction, the washing machine appliance comprising:
a cabinet;
a wash tub located within the cabinet;
a wash basket rotatably mounted within the wash tub;
a first compartment configured for the receipt of a fluid additive, the first compartment having
a first wall portion extending along the vertical direction from a bottom of the first compartment,
a first opening defined in the first wall portion to provide fluid to the wash basket, and
a first outlet defined in the bottom of the first compartment to provide fluid to the wash basket;
a second compartment configured for the receipt of a fluid additive, the second compartment adjacent the first compartment,
the second compartment having

a second wall portion extending along the vertical direction from a bottom of the second compartment,
a second opening defined in the second wall portion to provide fluid to the wash basket, and
a second outlet defined in the bottom of the second compartment to provide fluid to the wash basket;
a third opening defined between the first compartment and the second compartment to allow fluid communication between the
first compartment and the second compartment;

a first valve configured to provide water to the wash basket; and
a second valve configured to provide water to the first and second compartments,
wherein the first and second compartments have at least one wall portion extending along the vertical direction that is a
common wall portion to both the first and second compartments, and

wherein the third opening is defined in the common wall portion at a vertical distance above both the first and second openings.

US Pat. No. 9,863,076

WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING THE SAME

HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTI...

1. A method for operating a washing machine appliance, the method comprising:
determining a load mass in a basket of the washing machine appliance, determining the load mass comprises:
initially activating a motor to spin a basket of the washing machine appliance;
measuring at least one of current or voltage of the motor during the initially activating step;
calculating a motor ramp up time based on the at least one of current or voltage;
deactivating the motor after the motor ramp up time has expired;
measuring a first motor coast down time;
calculating a motor velocity based on the first motor coast down time;
finally activating the motor to spin the basket;
deactivating the motor after the motor velocity has been reached;
measuring a second motor coast down time; and
calculating a load mass in the basket based on the second motor coast down time;
flowing water into a tub until a predetermined tub water indicator level is met, wherein the basket is disposed in the tub;
estimating a first volume of water in the tub after the predetermined tub water indicator level is met;
determining a load type based on the load mass and the first volume of water; and
flowing water into the tub until a secondary indicator level for the determined load mass is met if the determined load type
is a low pressure indicator.

US Pat. No. 9,841,224

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCES WITH PASSIVE STORAGE COMPARTMENTS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance, the refrigerator appliance comprising:
a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber;
a fresh food door rotatably hinged to the cabinet for accessing the fresh food chamber, the fresh food door comprising an
inner surface, an outer surface and a side surface extending between the inner surface and the outer surface, the fresh food
door rotatable between an open position and a closed position;

a passive storage compartment defined within the fresh food door; and
a compartment door coupled to one of the inner surface or the outer surface for accessing the storage compartment, the compartment
door movable between an open position and a closed position,

wherein the passive storage compartment maintains a temperature greater than a fresh food chamber temperature and less than
an ambient temperature when the fresh food door and compartment door are closed and the refrigerator appliance is operational,

wherein the fresh food door further defines a vent aperture in selective fluid communication between the passive storage compartment
and one of the fresh food chamber or an ambient environment to facilitate adjustments in temperature within the fresh food
compartment,

wherein a vent door is mounted on the fresh food door and movable between an open position and a closed position, the open
position permitting fluid communication between the storage compartment and the one of the fresh food chamber or the ambient
environment, and the closed position preventing fluid communication between the storage compartment and the one of the fresh
food chamber or the ambient environment, and

wherein the refrigerator appliance further comprises a moisture filter disposed within the vent aperture and preventing moisture
transmission therethrough between the passive storage compartment and the one of the fresh food chamber or the ambient environment.

US Pat. No. 9,733,004

REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber and a freezer chamber;
a door for accessing one of the fresh food chamber or the freezer chamber; and
an ice making assembly disposed within the cabinet or the door, the ice making assembly comprising:
an ice maker;
a container defining a storage volume for receipt of ice produced by the ice maker;
a chute extending between the ice maker and the container for directing the ice produced by the ice maker towards the storage
volume, the chute comprising a body defining a passage therethrough, the passage comprising a radial portion and a longitudinal
portion, the longitudinal portion extending along a vertical direction above the storage volume, the passage being positioned
such that ice is directed from the ice maker to the radial portion, from the radial portion to the longitudinal portion, and
from the longitudinal portion to the storage volume; and

a sensor mounted to an upper wall of the body, the upper wall extending horizontally from the ice maker to a sidewall, the
sensor mounted above the longitudinal portion and directed toward the container to transmit sensing signals in the vertical
direction through the longitudinal portion of the chute toward the storage volume, the sensor being further mounted downstream
from the ice maker such that the radial portion is positioned between the sensor and the ice maker, the sensor being in communication
with the ice maker,

wherein the body comprises the sidewall, the sidewall defining at least a portion of the chute at the longitudinal portion,
and wherein the sidewall extends downward along the vertical direction at an acute angle from the upper wall.

US Pat. No. 9,726,423

SLIDING SHELF ASSEMBLY FOR A REFRIGERATOR APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction, the refrigerator
appliance comprising:
a cabinet defining a chilled chamber;
a door being rotatably hinged to the cabinet to provide selective access to the chilled chamber;
a sliding shelf assembly slidably mounted within the chilled chamber, the sliding shelf assembly comprising:
a shelf support frame;
a slide assembly slidably mounting the shelf support frame within the chilled chamber; and
a connecting arm assembly consisting of a connecting arm positioned at a top of the shelf support frame along the vertical
direction and operably coupling the shelf support frame to the door such that the shelf support frame slides in the transverse
direction out of the chilled chamber as the door is opened.

US Pat. No. 9,695,540

DISPENSING APPARATUS WITH LABYRINTH SEAL

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance defining a vertical direction, the washing machine appliance comprising:
a cabinet;
a wash tub located within the cabinet;
a wash basket rotatably mounted within the wash tub; and,
a fluid additive dispenser defining a sliding direction and a width direction, the fluid additive dispenser comprising
a housing having an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface defining a plurality of upper surface projections
extending downwardly along the vertical direction;

a dispenser drawer slidably received in the housing, the dispenser drawer having a plurality of compartments for the receipt
of one or more fluid additives; and,

a plate disposed in the housing below the upper surface, the plate defining a plurality of plate projections extending upwardly
along the vertical direction,

wherein at least one upper surface projection is located between each adjacent pair of plate projections such that the upper
surface projections and plate projections alternate along the width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,696,084

LIGHT SWITCH FOR DOOR IN DOOR REFRIGERATOR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A refrigerator appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction, the vertical,
lateral, and transverse directions being mutually perpendicular, the refrigerator appliance comprising:
a cabinet defining a first food storage chamber, the first food storage chamber extending between a top portion and a bottom
portion along the vertical direction, a first side portion and a second side portion along the lateral direction, and a front
portion and a back portion along the transverse direction, the front portion of the first food storage chamber defining an
opening for receipt of food items;

an inner door comprising an outer surface and an opposing inner surface, the inner door positioned at the front portion of
the food storage chamber and movable between a closed position and an open position to selectively sealingly enclose the first
food storage chamber;

an outer door rotatably mounted to the outer surface of the inner door, the outer door comprising an outer surface and an
opposing inner surface;

a second food storage chamber defined between the inner door and the outer door, the outer door movable between an open position
and a closed position to permit selective access to the second food storage chamber;

a light positioned for illuminating the first food storage chamber and the second food storage chamber;
a switch positioned within the cabinet and in operative communication with the light;
an actuator movable between a forward position proximate the outer surface of the inner door and a back position proximate
the inner surface of the inner door, wherein the actuator engages the switch to deactivate the light when the inner door is
in the closed position and the actuator is in the back position; and

a biasing member engaged with the actuator to bias the actuator towards the forward position.

US Pat. No. 9,687,137

DIVERTER FOR SELECTIVE FLUID FLOW IN A DISHWASHING APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwashing appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a wash chamber for the receipt of articles for washing, the cabinet comprising a pair of opposing side
walls, a top wall, and a rear wall;

a pump configured for the receipt of a fluid to be recirculated into the wash chamber of the cabinet;
a main supply conduit extending along the rear wall and configured to receive fluid from said pump, the main supply conduit
comprising an exit port for the flow of fluid from the main supply conduit; and

a diverter having disposed over the exit port of the main supply conduit, the diverter comprising:
a diverter housing comprising a base positioned adjacent to the main supply conduit and defining an opening positioned over
the exit port, a pair of legs positioned on opposing sides of the base, the legs configured for attachment to the base and
to the main supply conduit, and a plurality of clips positioned on the legs and configured for attaching the base to the main
supply conduit;

a valve received in the diverter housing, the valve moveable between i) a closed position where the valve is seated against
the exit port so as to block fluid flow from the main supply conduit and ii) an open position where the valve is positioned
away from the exit port when fluid pressure at the exit port exceeds a predetermined value so as to allow fluid flow from
the main supply conduit and into the wash chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,647,886

UPDATE APPLIANCE COMMUNICATION SETTINGS TO COMPENSATE FOR TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for updating appliance communication settings to compensate for temperature fluctuations, the method comprising:
monitoring, by an appliance over a period of time, temperature conditions at one or more data communication components included
in the appliance, wherein the data communication component is configured for transmission or reception of data using radio
frequency signals;

monitoring, by the appliance over the period of time, one or more characteristics describing data communication failures experienced
by the one or more data communication components, wherein the data communication failures comprise one or more of the following:
rate of packet loss, a quantity of packets lost, an average number of retries necessary to successfully send or receive a
packet, and a communication retry rate;

determining, by the appliance based at least in part on the monitored temperature conditions and the monitored characteristics
describing data communication failures, a correlation between the monitored temperature conditions and the monitored characteristics
describing data communication failures, wherein the correlation comprises at least one range of temperatures at which the
data communication components experience increased data communication failures;

adjusting, by the appliance, one or more data communication settings associated with the at least one range of temperatures,
wherein the adjusted one or more data communication settings compensate for the data communication failures;

determining, by the appliance, that the temperature conditions at the one or more data communication components are within
the at least one range of temperatures; and

while the temperature conditions at the one or more data communication components are within the at least one range of temperatures,
operating, by the appliance, the one or more data communication components according to the adjusted one or more communication
settings to communicate with at least one other device.

US Pat. No. 9,644,308

NOZZLE FORMED IN A DISPENSING APPARATUS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance defining a vertical direction, the washing machine appliance comprising:
a cabinet;
a wash tub located within the cabinet;
a wash basket rotatably mounted within the wash tub; and,
a fluid additive dispenser, the fluid additive dispenser defining a sliding direction and a width direction, the fluid additive
dispenser comprising

a housing having an upper surface, a lower surface, opposing side surfaces, a back surface, and a front portion, the housing
configured to receive a flow of water;

a dispenser drawer slidably received in the housing, the dispenser drawer having a plurality of compartments for the receipt
of one or more fluid additives; and

a plate disposed in the housing below the upper surface, the plate defining a channel for a flow of water, the plate further
defining a nozzle within the housing,

wherein the nozzle directs the flow of water into the wash basket.

US Pat. No. 9,643,037

OVEN APPLIANCE AND A FLAME ARRESTER FOR AN OVEN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An oven appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a cooking chamber configured for receipt of food items for cooking, the cabinet further defining an opening
at a front portion of the cabinet;

a door mounted to the cabinet, the door being selectively adjustable between an open position and a closed position to permit
selective access to the cooking chamber through the opening of the cabinet; and

a flame arrester positioned between the cabinet and the door, the flame arrester comprising
a first member defining a first portion and a second portion, the second portion of the first member configured for the flow-through
of fluid;

a second member defining a first portion and a second portion, the second portion of the second member configured for the
flow-through of fluid; and

a third member extending between the first and second members,
wherein the first portion of the first member defines an attachment aperture for attaching the flame arrester to the oven
appliance,

wherein the second member is spaced apart from the first member to define a space therebetween, and
wherein the second portion of the first member and the second portion of the second member are positioned in a fluid passageway
such that a flow of fluid through the fluid passageway flows through the second portion of the first member and the second
portion of the second member.

US Pat. No. 9,644,848

OVEN APPLIANCE WITH DUAL OPENING AND CLOSING DOORS

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining a chamber, the cabinet also defining an opening, the chamber of the cabinet being accessible through the
opening of the cabinet;

a first door rotatably mounted proximate the opening of the cabinet;
a second door rotatably mounted proximate the opening of the cabinet, the first and second doors rotatable between an open
position and a closed position in order to permit selective access to the chamber of the cabinet through the opening of the
cabinet; and

a linkage assembly coupling the first door and the second door such that the first and second doors rotate between the open
position and the closed position simultaneously, the linkage assembly comprising:

a first linkage arm extending between a first end and a second end, the first end of the first linkage arm connected to the
first door;

a first gear having a plurality of teeth disposed on an engagement edge of the first gear, the second end of the first linkage
arm connected to the first gear;

a second gear having a plurality of teeth disposed on an engagement edge of the second gear, the plurality of teeth of the
second gear meshing with the plurality of teeth of the first gear;

a second linkage arm extending between a first end and a second end, the first end of the second linkage arm connected to
the second door, the second end of the second linkage arm connected to the second gear;

a spur gear having a plurality of teeth, the plurality of teeth of the first gear positioned on the first gear such that the
plurality of teeth of the spur gear engage the plurality of teeth of the first gear when the first door is in the closed position
and the plurality of teeth of the spur gear do not engage the plurality of teeth of the first gear when the first door is
in the open position; and

a spring coupled to the spur gear, the spring urging the plurality of teeth of the spur gear against the plurality of teeth
of the first gear when the first door in in the closed position in order to urge the first door to remain in the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,635,994

SPRAY ARM ASSEMBLY FOR DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A spray arm assembly for a dishwasher appliance, the spray arm assembly comprising:
a spray arm comprising a plurality of branches connected to each other and arrayed about a center point, each of the plurality
of branches defining a passage therethrough and an aperture in fluid communication with the passage, the center point defining
a spray arm central axis, the spray arm rotatable about the spray arm central axis;

a base conduit defining a passage therethrough, the base conduit defining a base conduit central axis;
an intermediate conduit connecting the base conduit and the spray arm, the intermediate conduit defining a passage in fluid
communication between the passage of the base conduit and the passages of the plurality of branches, the intermediate conduit
rotatable about the base conduit central axis; and

a gear assembly disposed within the intermediate conduit, the gear assembly comprising a first gear rotatable about the base
conduit central axis, the first gear comprising a hollow central portion, a plurality of teeth, and openings defined between
the teeth of the first gear, the gear assembly further comprising a second gear rotatable about the spray arm central axis,
the second gear comprising a hollow central portion, a plurality of teeth, and openings defined between the teeth of the second
gear;

wherein the spray arm central axis is offset from the base conduit central axis, wherein the hollow central portion of the
first gear is in fluid communication with the openings of the first gear allowing flow of wash fluid through the first gear
in a radial direction, and wherein the hollow central portion of the second gear is in fluid communication with the openings
of the second gear allowing flow of wash fluid through the second gear in a radial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,664,425

HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER APPLIANCE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for defrosting an evaporator of a water heater appliance, comprising:
establishing, by use of a controller in communication with an ambient temperature sensor and an outlet temperature sensor
positioned adjacent an outlet of the evaporator, that the evaporator of the water heater appliance is frosted over by:

measuring an ambient temperature, ta, at the water heater appliance;

comparing the ambient temperature ta to a threshold temperature, tt;

gauging a refrigerant outlet temperature, to, of the evaporator; and

determining whether a difference between the ambient temperature ta and a reference temperature, tr, is less than the refrigerant outlet temperature to, the reference temperature tr being adjustable based on the ambient temperature ta;

initiating a defrost cycle of the water heater appliance;
deactivating a compressor of the water heater appliance during the defrost cycle of the water heater appliance; and
operating a fan of the water heater appliance during the defrost cycle of the water heater appliance, the fan of the water
heater appliance drawing a flow of air across the evaporator of the water heater appliance during said step of operating.

US Pat. No. 9,618,233

METHOD FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A WATER HEATER APPLIANCE IS OPERATING WITH A TIMER SWITCH

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for determining whether a water heater appliance is operating with a timer switch, comprising:
measuring a temperature of water within a tank of the water heater appliance at a start of a current power interruption;
measuring the temperature of water within the tank of the water heater appliance after the current power interruption;
classifying the current power interruption as a short power outage or a long power outage based at least in part on a difference
between the temperature of water within the tank of the water heater appliance at the start of the current power interruption
and the temperature of water within the tank of the water heater appliance at the end of the current power interruption;

determining a power on time interval between a previous power interruption and the current power interruption if the current
power interruption is the long power outage at said step of classifying; and

establishing that the water heater appliance is not operating with the timer switch if the power on time interval is greater
than a threshold time interval.

US Pat. No. 9,612,700

USER INTERFACE ASSEMBLIES AND ELECTRODE ASSEMBLIES HAVING INTERTWINED ELECTRODES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A user interface assembly, comprising:
a printed circuit board;
an outer touch panel spaced from the printed circuit board; and
an electrode assembly disposed between the printed circuit board and the outer touch panel, the electrode assembly comprising:
a first conductive compressible electrode extending along a length between a first end and a second end and from the printed
circuit board to the outer touch panel; and

a second conductive compressible electrode extending along a length between a first end and a second end and from the printed
circuit board to the outer touch panel,

wherein the first and second electrodes are intertwined and define a gap therebetween, the gap generally constant along the
lengths of the first and second electrodes between the first ends and the second ends of the first and second electrodes.

US Pat. No. 9,612,037

GAS WATER HEATER CONTROL ALTERNATE POWER SOURCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A water heater system, comprising:
a tank configured to contain water to be heated;
an anode rod positioned within said tank;
a gas heater configured to heat water contained in the tank;
one or more temperature sensing devices configured to sense a temperature of water contained in the tank;
a gas control valve configured to control gas flow to said gas heater;
one or more control devices configured to provide one or more setpoint instructions;
a gas control board configured to control said gas control valve based at least in part on one or more signals from the one
or more temperature sensing devices and one or more setpoint instructions from the one or more control devices;

a first power supply configured to receive AC power from a utility line; and
a second power supply configured to receive power from galvanic corrosion of said anode rod,
wherein said first power supply provides power for said gas control board when AC power is available and said second power
supply provides power for said gas control board when AC power is not available; and

wherein said gas control board is configured to control said gas control valve independently of whether power for said gas
control board is supplied from said first power supply or said second power supply.

US Pat. No. 9,562,525

LINEAR COMPRESSOR

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A linear compressor, comprising:
a cylinder assembly defining a chamber;
a piston slidably received within the chamber of the cylinder assembly;
a driving coil;
an inner back iron assembly positioned in the driving coil, the inner back iron assembly extending between a first end portion
and a second end portion along an axial direction, the inner back iron assembly also having an outer surface, the inner back
iron assembly comprising

an outer cylinder defining the outer surface of the inner back iron assembly and an inner surface positioned opposite the
outer surface, and

a sleeve positioned on the inner surface of the outer cylinder, the sleeve extending between the first and second end portions
of the inner back iron assembly within the outer cylinder;

a magnet mounted to the inner back iron assembly at the outer surface of the inner back iron assembly such that the magnet
faces the driving coil;

a first planar spring assembly mounted to the inner back iron assembly at the first end portion of the inner back iron assembly;
a second planar spring assembly mounted to the inner back iron assembly at the second end portion of the inner back iron assembly,
the first and second planar spring assemblies including a first plurality of fasteners extending in attached engagement with
the sleeve;

a piston flex mount positioned at the first end portion of the inner back iron assembly; and
a compliant coupling extending between the piston flex mount and the piston along the axial direction in order to compliantly
couple the inner back iron assembly to the piston, the compliant coupling being compliant along a radial direction that is
perpendicular to the axial direction,

wherein a magnetic field of the driving coil engages the magnet in order to move the inner back iron assembly along the axial
direction relative to the driving coil and to move the piston along the axial direction within the chamber of the cylinder
assembly during operation of the driving coil, and

wherein one of the first or second planar spring assemblies includes a second plurality of fasteners extending from the one
of the first or second planar spring assemblies in attached engagement with a bracket of the driving coil.

US Pat. No. 10,088,232

DRYER APPLIANCES AND METHODS FOR OPERATING SAME

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a dryer appliance, the method comprising:calculating an initial cycle time;
initiating a dry cycle;
counting down from the initial cycle time for an initial countdown time between two minutes and five minutes immediately following the initiating of the dry cycle;
establishing, during the step of counting down from the initial cycle time for the initial countdown time, a load size value and an air flow value;
calculating a first updated remaining cycle time based on the load size value and the air flow value after establishing the load size value and the air flow value; and
displaying the first updated remaining cycle time at a display mounted to a cabinet of the dryer appliance,
wherein the load size value is selected from a plurality of predetermined categories comprising a large category, a medium category, or a small category, and
wherein the air flow value is established from a plurality of predetermined categories comprising a high category, a medium category, or a low category.

US Pat. No. 9,982,894

ELECTRONIC CONTROL ASSEMBLY FOR AN APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An electronic control assembly for an appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction, the electronic control assembly comprising:a control panel having a front side and a rear side and defining a panel opening therethrough, the control panel extending between a top and a bottom along the vertical direction, the control panel further comprising:
a top wall projecting rearward along the transverse direction from the top of the control panel, the top wall having a top flange projecting therefrom along the vertical direction and extending along the lateral direction, the top flange defining a first slot and a second slot;
a bottom wall projecting rearward along the transverse direction from the bottom of the control panel, the bottom wall having a bottom flange projecting therefrom along the vertical direction and extending along the lateral direction, the bottom flange defining a first bottom flange opening and a second bottom flange opening;
a pair of brackets including a first bracket and a second bracket, each bracket positioned on the rear side of the control panel and on opposite sides of the panel opening, each bracket comprising:
a body extending between a top and a bottom along the vertical direction and including a body tab;
a top arm extending from the top of the body and including a tab insertable into one of the slots of the top flange for securing the top arm to the control panel; and
a bottom arm extending from the bottom of the body and insertable into one of the flange openings;
wherein at least one of the bottom arm of the first bracket and the bottom flange includes a securing mechanism for securing the bottom of the first bracket to the control panel when the first bracket is slid in the lateral direction and wherein at least one of the bottom arm of the second bracket and the bottom flange includes a securing mechanism for securing the bottom of the second bracket to the control panel when the second bracket is slid in the lateral direction;
a control board sized to fit the panel opening and to overlap each of the brackets, wherein the control board is secured to the brackets at least in part by the body tabs of each bracket; and
one or more fasteners for further securing the control board in engagement with each of the brackets.

US Pat. No. 9,834,882

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR HEAT PUMP BASED CLOTHES DRYER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A heat pump based dryer device comprising:
a housing receiving a drum for containing associated articles to be dried by air that flows along a pathway between an outlet
and an inlet of the housing;

a heat pump located at least partially within the pathway;
a spray nozzle operatively attached to the pathway at a position between the outlet and the heat pump, the spray nozzle being
configured to provide a fluid to the air in the pathway and at least partially remove moisture from the air; and

a collector within the pathway downstream from the spray nozzle between the spray nozzle and the heat pump to collect at least
a portion of the fluid and at least a portion of the condensation within the pathway;

wherein the heat pump includes:
a heat source located at least partially within the pathway, wherein the heat source is a condenser,
a heat sink spaced from the pathway such that the air along the pathway is in fluid isolation from the heat sink, the heat
sink being operatively adapted to the heat source, wherein the heat sink is an evaporator, and

an enclosure containing the heat sink and being arranged to accept the fluid from the pathway to exchange heat with the heat
sink and return the fluid to the spray nozzle, wherein the heat source is positioned outside of the enclosure away from the
heat sink;

wherein the fluid collected by the collector is provided to a tank, at least a portion of the fluid is transferred to the
enclosure, the tank having at least one drain valve.

US Pat. No. 9,803,304

AGITATION ELEMENT FOR A WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A washing machine appliance defining a vertical direction, the washing machine appliance comprising:
a tub;
a basket rotatably positioned within the tub;
a single-action agitation element positioned within the basket, the agitation element defining a reference plane perpendicular
to the vertical direction, the agitation element including a shaft, a first fin, and a second fin, the shaft extending generally
along the vertical direction, the first fin and second fin each extending outwardly from the shaft and around the shaft, the
first fin defining an angle greater than zero with the reference plane and the second fin defining an angle less than zero
with the reference plane; and

a first support plate extending outwardly from the shaft and generally along the vertical direction, wherein the first fin
includes at least one end portion and a middle portion, and wherein the first support plate intersects the first fin at the
middle portion.

US Pat. No. 9,803,873

OVEN RANGE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An oven range appliance defining a vertical direction, a lateral direction and a transverse direction, the vertical, lateral
and transverse directions being mutually perpendicular, the oven range appliance comprising:
a chamber liner defining a cooking chamber;
a cabinet enclosing the chamber liner and cooking chamber, the cabinet extending between a first side and a second side along
the lateral direction, between a front and a back along the transverse direction, and between a top and a bottom along the
vertical direction, the cabinet including a side panel positioned at the first side and defining a cooling channel between
the chamber liner and the side panel of the cabinet; and

a diverter panel extending from the side panel toward the chamber liner, the diverter panel blocking a flow of cooling air
from the cooling channel at a location proximate the back of the cabinet to increase a flow of cooling air from the cooling
channel at a location proximate the front of the cabinet; wherein the diverter panel extends from the front of the cabinet
to the back of the cabinet and defines an opening with the side panel at the location proximate the front of the cabinet.

US Pat. No. 9,739,517

CONTROLLING THE OPERATION OF A DISPENSER SYSTEM

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dispensing system for dispensing liquid or ice, the system comprising:
a dispenser defining a dispensing recess, the dispenser comprising a nozzle for dispensing liquid or ice;
one or more sensors disposed within the dispensing recess, the one or more sensors configured to emit one or more pulses during
one or more time periods and to receive one or more return signals;

an analog-to-digital converter configured to sample the one or more return signals at a predetermined sampling frequency to
determine a plurality of discrete signals;

a direct memory access controller configured to store the discrete signals in one or more memory devices via a system bus
without routing the discrete signals to the one or more control devices; and

one or more control devices configured to execute computer-readable instructions stored in one or more memory devices that
when executed by the one or more control devices cause the one or more control devices to perform operations, the operations
comprising determining a return time indicative of a time period between emission of the one or more pulses and reception
of the one or more return signals by the one or more sensors, and controlling an operation of the dispensing system based
at least in part on the determined return time.

US Pat. No. 9,732,963

APPLIANCE CONTROL PANEL ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A control panel assembly for an appliance, comprising:
a control panel frame having a frame flange around an edge thereof;
a backing plate adjacent the control panel frame, the backing plate defining a plurality of securing tabs extending from an
edge thereof, each securing tab defining an aperture along its length, the backing plate further defining a spacer flange,
the spacer flange extending toward the control panel frame;

a control assembly including a control element positioned within a control housing; and
an overlay positioned between the control panel frame and the backing plate,
wherein each securing tab of the backing plate has an uninstalled position and an installed position, wherein an end of each
securing tab farthest from the backing plate is at a greater distance from the backing plate in the installed position than
in the uninstalled position.

US Pat. No. 9,750,392

DISHWASHER APPLIANCE AND VENT FOR SAME

HAIER US APPLIANCE SOLUTI...

1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:
a chamber for the receipt of articles for cleaning;
a door for selectively opening and closing the dishwasher appliance, the door having an interior wall and a bottom;
a conduit disposed within the door, the conduit defining a passage extending between a first end and a second end, the first
end defined in the interior wall for the egress of fluid from the chamber, the second end defined in the door for the egress
of fluid from the conduit; and

a passive vent for controlling the egress of fluid from the chamber through the first end, the vent received into the door,
the vent comprising:

a planar body defining a plane;
a plurality of aperture assemblies defined in the body, each aperture assembly of the plurality of aperture assemblies oriented
to diverse from a centerpoint of the body and comprising a plurality of apertures extending radially within the plane, each
of the apertures opening into the planar body in a first direction through the planar body; and

a plurality of ribs extending away from the body out of the plane in a second direction, the second direction opposing the
first direction, wherein each rib of the plurality of ribs comprises a rib body extending from the planar body and a plurality
of protrusions, each of the plurality of protrusions extending from the rib body into a respective one of the plurality of
aperture assemblies and at least partially forming a sidewall of the respective one of the plurality of aperture assemblies.

US Pat. No. 9,708,747

ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR SHIFTING BETWEEN MODES OF OPERATION FOR A WASHING MACHINE APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a washing machine appliance, the appliance including locking teeth having a fixed position, a motor
comprising a stator with a plurality of coils, a rotor with a plurality of magnets and a plurality of rotor teeth, a clutch
having opposing sides along the axial direction and that includes a first plurality of clutch teeth along one of the opposing
sides and a second plurality of clutch teeth along the other opposing side, the clutch also being-slidable along an axis of
rotation defined by the rotor, the method comprising:
energizing at least one coil of the plurality of coils of the stator so as to rotate the rotor to a position where the at
least one coil is aligned with at least one magnet of the plurality of magnets carried by the rotor;

holding the rotor at a position where the at least one coil is aligned with at least one magnet of the plurality of magnets
carried by the rotor while the at least one coil is energized;

aligning a plurality of rotor teeth on the rotor with the first plurality of clutch teeth by the energizing and the holding;
sliding the clutch along the axis of rotation of the motor so as to engage the first of plurality of clutch teeth with the
plurality of rotor teeth;

re-energizing one or more of the plurality of coils of the stator while the first plurality of clutch teeth are engaged with
the plurality of rotor teeth;

positioning the rotor during the re-energizing so as to align the second plurality of clutch teeth with the locking teeth;
holding the rotor during the re-energizing and after the positioning so as to maintain alignment of the second plurality of
clutch teeth with the locking teeth while the first plurality of clutch teeth are engaged with the plurality of rotor teeth;
and

sliding the clutch along the axis of rotation so as to engage the second plurality of clutch teeth with the locking teeth.

US Pat. No. 9,702,551

GAS BURNER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A multi-ring gas burner, comprising:
an inner burner;
an outer burner ring extending around the inner burner, the outer burner ring including a burner base, a burner head and a
cap, the burner head positioned on the burner base such that the burner base and the burner head define a fuel chamber of
the outer burner ring between the burner base and the burner head, a plurality of flame ports formed on the burner head, the
plurality of flame ports extending from the fuel chamber of the outer burner ring to an outer portion of the outer burner
ring, the cap positioned on the burner head such that the burner head and the cap defining a plurality of secondary air channels
between the burner head and the cap, an exit of each secondary air channel of the plurality of secondary air channels positioned
proximate the outer portion of the outer burner ring, air within the plurality of secondary air channels assisting with cooling
the burner head, the cap, or both the burner head and the cap,

wherein the burner head is positioned on the burner base such that the burner base and the burner head also define a plurality
of retention ports between the burner base and the burner head, the plurality of retention ports positioned adjacent a bottom
of the plurality of flame ports or below the plurality of flame ports.

US Pat. No. 9,702,590

METHOD FOR OPERATING A WATER HEATER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for operating a water heater appliance, comprising:
obtaining a plurality of water temperature measurements for water within the water heater appliance over a period of time;
determining at least one heated water draw event for the water heater appliance based at least in part upon the plurality
of water temperature measurements;

establishing an operating schedule for the water heater appliance based at least in part upon the at least one heated water
draw event; and

controlling a heating element of the water heater appliance according to the operating schedule,
wherein the at least one heated water draw event for the water heater appliance is determined with the following:

hj(n) is a sampled heated water draw event value at sample n on day j,

N is a number of minutes between samples,
Hj(i) is a heated water draw event value at time i on day j that is one during heated water draw events and zero otherwise,

K is a number of days, and
? is a confidence factor.

US Pat. No. 9,696,728

SECONDARY WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A WASTE DISPOSAL

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A water supply system, comprising:
a first supply conduit configured to be in fluid communication with a first water supply, the first supply conduit terminating
at a first discharge end;

a second supply conduit configured to be in fluid communication with a second water supply, the second supply conduit terminating
at a second discharge end;

a disposal conduit in fluid communication with the first and second supply conduits, the disposal conduit terminating at an
inlet end and an outlet end, the disposal conduit being spaced apart from the first and second conduits such that an air gap
is defined between the inlet end and the first and second discharge ends, the inlet end being configured to receive water
expelled from the first and second supply conduits via the first and second discharge ends; and

a waste disposal in fluid communication with the outlet end of the disposal conduit such that water directed through the disposal
conduit is received within the waste disposal,

wherein the air gap corresponds to an un-enclosed, vertical space defined between the inlet end of the disposal conduit and
the first and second discharge ends of the first and second supply conduits such that water expelled from at least one of
the first discharge end or the second discharge end flows through the un-enclosed, vertical space prior to being received
at the inlet end of the disposal conduit.

US Pat. No. 9,696,043

HOT WATER HEATER SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRONIC MIXING VALVES

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A method for controlling an electronic mixing valve for a hot water heater, the electronic mixing valve providing a flow
of water in a mixed output line, the method comprising:
determining a temperature value inside a hot water tank of the hot water heater;
comparing the hot water tank temperature value to a setpoint temperature value; and
comparing a temperature value for water in the mixed output line to a lower setpoint threshold value when the hot water tank
temperature value is greater than the setpoint temperature value, wherein the lower setpoint threshold value is less than
the setpoint temperature; and

setting the electronic mixing valve to a safe position wherein the electronic mixing valve is less than fully open when the
temperature value for water in the mixed output line is less than the lower setpoint threshold value.

US Pat. No. 9,696,061

HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A heat pump water heater appliance, comprising:
a casing;
a tank disposed within the casing, the tank defining an interior volume;
a sealed system configured for heating water within the interior volume of the tank, the sealed system having a compressor
disposed within the casing at a top portion of the casing;

a plate disposed within the casing at the top portion of the casing, the plate having a top surface and a bottom surface;
and

a mounting assembly coupling the compressor to the plate, the mounting assembly comprising
a post extending from the plate through a foot of the compressor;
an attachment mechanism attached to the post in order to secure the post and the foot of the compressor together;
a dampener positioned between the plate and the foot of the compressor; and
a rigid spacer positioned adjacent to the dampener and extending at least partially between the plate and the foot of the
compressor, the rigid spacer configured to limit movement of the compressor relative to the plate.

US Pat. No. 9,671,130

SORPTION HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A water heater, comprising:
a tank for holding water;
a sorption heat pump, comprising
a recirculated refrigerant;
a condensate collection chamber;
a regenerator in fluid communication with said condensate collection chamber;
a sorbate located in said regenerator;
a condenser positioned in said tank and in fluid communication with said condensate collection chamber, said condenser configured
for exchanging heat with water in said tank, said condenser also configured for providing condensed refrigerant to said condensate
collection chamber;

an evaporator in fluid communication with said condensate collection chamber, said evaporator configured for receiving condensed
refrigerant from said condensate collection chamber and configured for returning vaporized refrigerant to said condensate
collection chamber;

a fan configured for selectively causing air to pass across said evaporator;
a heat source positioned proximate to said regenerator and configured for selectively applying heat to said regenerator;
a closed, recirculating heat transfer loop, comprising:
a first heat exchanger positioned in said tank and configured for delivering heat energy to water in said tank;
a second heat exchanger positioned proximate to said regenerator and said heat source and configured for receiving heat energy
from said regenerator, said heat source, or both; and

a pump for recirculating a heat transfer fluid between said first and second heat exchangers.

US Pat. No. 9,638,439

WATER HEATER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A water heater appliance, comprising:
a casing;
a tank disposed within the casing, the tank defining an interior volume;
a sealed system operable to heat water within the interior volume of the tank, the sealed system comprising an evaporator
and a compressor positioned within the casing at a top portion of the casing above the tank, a condenser of the sealed system
mounted to the tank;

a cold water conduit mounted to the tank adjacent the top portion of the casing and configured for directing water into the
interior volume of the tank;

a heated water conduit mounted to the tank adjacent the top portion of the casing and configured for directing water out of
the interior volume of the tank;

a bypass conduit positioned within the casing at the top portion of the casing and extending from the cold water conduit;
a mixing valve positioned within the casing, the mixing valve fluidly coupled to the heated water conduit and the bypass conduit,
a valve body of the mixing valve mounted to the heated water conduit and the bypass conduit, a plug of the mixing valve positioned
with the valve body, a wax thermostat of the mixing valve positioned with the valve body and coupled to the plug, the wax
thermostat configured for moving the plug within the valve body in order to adjust a mixing ratio of the mixing valve, a stem
of the mixing valve threaded to the valve body, the stem extending through the valve body to the wax thermostat; and

an actuator assembly comprising
a knob positioned at an outer surface of the casing, the knob rotatable about an axis of rotation, the knob also movable along
the axis of rotation between a first position and a second position;

a linkage coupling the knob and the mixing valve together when the knob is in the second position on the axis of rotation;
and

a biasing mechanism configured for urging the knob towards the first position, the biasing mechanism of the actuator assembly
comprising a spring,

wherein the mixing valve is not adjustable with the knob when the knob is in the first position on the axis of rotation,
wherein the linkage and the stem each define a plurality of splines, the plurality of splines of the linkage meshing with
the plurality of splines of the stem when the knob is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,609,997

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING APPLIANCE PUMP CAVITATION OR DRY STATE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An appliance comprising:
a control unit comprising a processor and a memory;
a pump comprising a three-phase motor;
an inverter for providing three-phase power to the three-phase motor; and
a current measurement circuit configured to provide a feedback signal describing an inverter current drawn by the inverter
across a DC bus;

wherein the control unit is configured to perform operations, the operations comprising:
detecting that the pump is cavitating or in a dry state based on the feedback signal; and
controlling one or more operations of the appliance when it is detected that the pump is cavitating or in the dry state.

US Pat. No. 10,001,312

WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR AN ICE MAKING ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An ice making assembly that defines a vertical direction, comprising:a casing in thermal communication with a sealed system, the interior of the casing defining a reservoir configured to receive water;
an auger assembly rotatably mounted within the casing, the auger assembly comprising:
a hollow auger shaft;
an auger head disposed on the auger shaft and defining an auger cavity in fluid communication with the reservoir; and
a motor operably coupled with the auger shaft proximate a top of the auger shaft and configured for selectively rotating the auger assembly within the casing; and
a water switch assembly configured for controlling the water level within the auger cavity and the reservoir, the water switch assembly comprising:
a switch head assembly having a water inlet in fluid communication with a water supply and configured to provide the auger cavity with water;
a switch shaft extending from the switch head assembly through the hollow auger shaft and being fixed along the vertical direction; and
a float slidably received on the switch shaft within the auger cavity, the float configured to measure the water level within the auger cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,995,482

GAS BURNER ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A gas burner assembly, comprising:a grate configured for supporting a cooking utensil, the grate defining a first internal fuel passage and a second internal fuel passage; and
a burner defining an inner burner ring and an outer burner ring, the inner burner ring and the outer burner ring each defining a plurality of flame ports, the first internal fuel passage of the grate extending to the inner burner ring such that fuel is directed to the inner burner ring via the first internal fuel passage of the grate, the second internal fuel passage of the grate extending to the outer burner ring such that fuel is directed to the outer burner ring via the second internal fuel passage of the grate,
wherein the inner burner ring and the outer burner ring each define a fuel chamber, the fuel chamber of the inner burner ring contiguous with the plurality of flame ports of inner burner ring, the fuel chamber of the outer burner ring contiguous with the plurality of flame ports of outer burner ring, at least a portion of the fuel chamber of the outer burner ring positioned directly below the fuel chamber of the inner burner ring, and
wherein at least a portion of the first internal fuel passage is positioned above the plurality of flame ports of inner burner ring and at least a portion of the second internal fuel passage is positioned above the plurality of flame ports of outer burner ring.

US Pat. No. 9,918,610

FLUID CIRCULATION ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance, comprising:
a tub having a sump positioned at a bottom portion of the tub;
a spray body disposed within the tub;
a filter positioned within the sump, the filter disposed between a filtered volume of the sump and an unfiltered volume of
the sump;

a collection chamber positioned below the sump such that an inner wall of the sump is disposed between the collection chamber
and the unfiltered volume of the sump, an entrance of the collection chamber positioned such that the entrance of the collection
chamber is contiguous and in fluid communication with the unfiltered volume of sump, the collection chamber also having a
drain exit;

a supply conduit mounted to the sump, an entrance of the supply conduit positioned such that the entrance of the supply conduit
is contiguous and in fluid communication with the filtered volume of sump;

a pump coupled to the supply conduit and operable to urge liquid from the filtered volume of sump into the supply conduit;
a valve fluidly coupled to the pump, the valve selectively adjustable between a recirculation configuration and a drain configuration;
a first outlet conduit extending from the valve and configured for supplying liquid from the pump to the spray body when the
valve is in the recirculation configuration;

a second outlet conduit extending from the valve and configured for directing liquid from the pump to the collection chamber
when the valve is in the drain configuration; and

a check valve positioned at the entrance of the collection chamber, the check valve configured for obstructing liquid flow
from the collection chamber to the unfiltered volume of the sump via the entrance of the collection chamber such that liquid
in the collection chamber exits the collection chamber via the drain exit when the valve is in the drain configuration,

wherein the filter is a fine filter, the dishwasher appliance further comprising a coarse filter positioned over the filtered
volume of the sump between a wash chamber of the tub and the filtered volume of the sump, the sump defining an opening at
a top portion of the fine filter, the opening of the sump contiguous and in fluid communication with the wash chamber of the
tub.

US Pat. No. 9,726,386

AIR CONDITIONER UNIT INCLUDING A HEATING UNIT

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. An air conditioner unit that defines a vertical direction, a lateral direction, and a transverse direction that are each
perpendicular to each other, the air conditioner unit comprising:
a heater housing having peripheral surfaces defining a housing interior, the peripheral surfaces comprising a first sidewall
and a second sidewall, the first and second sidewalls spaced apart along the lateral direction;

a guide track extending along the lateral direction between the first sidewall and the second sidewall;
a blower fan, the blower fan comprising a blade assembly disposed within the interior and a motor connected to the blade assembly;
and

a heating unit comprising a first bracket and a second bracket, the first and second brackets spaced apart along the lateral
direction, the heating unit further comprising at least one heater bank extending along the lateral direction between the
first bracket and the second bracket, the first bracket and the second bracket defining a portion of the housing interior
in an assembled position,

wherein at least a portion of the heating unit, including the first bracket, is movable along the guide track in the lateral
direction between the second sidewall and the first sidewall, and

wherein the first sidewall is disposed exterior to a portion of the first bracket that is contacting the first sidewall and
said contacting portion of the first bracket is disposed interior to the heater housing in the assembled position,

said contacting portion being disposed opposite the guide track in the assembled position.

US Pat. No. 9,702,352

LINEAR COMPRESSOR AND A SPRING ASSEMBLY

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A linear compressor, comprising:
a casing having a first end portion and a second end portion, the casing having a cylinder assembly positioned at the second
end portion of the casing, the cylinder assembly defining a chamber;

a piston slidably received within the chamber of the cylinder assembly;
a driving coil mounted to the casing;
an inner back iron assembly positioned in the driving coil, the inner back iron assembly having an outer surface;
a magnet mounted to the inner back iron assembly at the outer surface of the inner back iron assembly such that the magnet
faces the driving coil; and

a spring assembly comprising
a first cylindrical portion mounted to the casing at the first end portion of the casing;
a second cylindrical portion positioned within and fixed to the inner back iron assembly;
a first helical portion mounted to the first and second cylindrical portions such that the first helical portion extends between
and couples the first and second cylindrical portions together;

a third cylindrical portion mounted to the casing at the second end portion of the casing; and
a second helical portion mounted to the second and third cylindrical portions such that the second helical portion extends
between and couples the second and third cylindrical portions together.