US Pat. No. 9,211,047

ROTATING FILTER FOR A DISHWASHING MACHINE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a dishwasher comprising a washing chamber holding utensils for washing, sprayers for spraying liquid
on the utensils, and a liquid recirculation system, for recirculating sprayed liquid back to the sprayers, and including a
filter for filtering the liquid, the method comprising:
spraying liquid within the washing chamber;
recirculating the sprayed liquid for subsequent spraying;
providing a filter within the recirculating liquid where the filter completely fluidly divides the recirculating liquid such
that the filter has an upstream surface confronting unfiltered liquid and a downstream surface confronting filtered liquid;

providing an artificial boundary spaced apart from at least a portion of the upstream surface to form a gap between the artificial
boundary and the upstream surface; and

rotating the filter within the liquid during the recirculating of the liquid;
wherein the liquid passing between the artificial boundary and the rotating filter caused by rotation of the filter applies
a shear force on the upstream surface that is greater than the liquid in an absence of the artificial boundary

and aids in a removal of soils on the upstream surface.

US Pat. No. 9,420,641

MICROWAVE OVEN MULTIVIEW SILHOUETTE VOLUME CALCULATION FOR MASS ESTIMATION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A microwave heating apparatus comprising:
a cavity arranged to receive a load;
at least one microwave generator configured to feed a plurality of microwaves into the cavity;
at least one image-capturing device; and
a control unit adapted to:
obtain load volume information of the load within the cavity based on information recorded by the image-capturing device about
at least one portion of the load, wherein the control is adapted to convert the information recorded by the image-capturing
device into a plurality of two-dimensional silhouette images of the load and combine the plurality of two-dimensional silhouette
images of the load to determine the load volume information;

obtain load density information using at least one of a user input and information recorded by the image-capturing device
about at least one portion of the load;

determine load mass information based upon the load volume information and the load density information;
determine a heating pattern based upon the load mass information; and
control the at least one microwave generator to provide the heating pattern within the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,291,384

SECONDARY COOLING PATH IN REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a refrigerator cabinet having a fresh food compartment and a freezer compartment, the freezer compartment mounted below the
fresh food compartment;

a first fresh food compartment door for providing access to the fresh food compartment;
an ice compartment mounted at the first fresh food compartment door, the ice compartment comprising an ice maker and an ice
bin;

a secondary cooling path for circulating liquid coolant through the refrigerator wherein at least a portion of the secondary
cooling path is disposed within the freezer compartment and the liquid coolant is cooled in the freezer compartment and wherein
the liquid coolant cools the ice maker and the ice bin as the liquid coolant circulates through the secondary cooling path;

a pump positioned along the secondary cooling path for pumping the liquid coolant through the secondary cooling path;
a valve in fluid connection with the pump wherein the valve provides for switching between circulating liquid coolant through
the secondary cooling path and circulating a hot liquid through the secondary cooling path;

a venting conduit connected to the secondary cooling path upstream of the pump and downstream of a heat exchanger disposed
within the freezer compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,308,535

COMPOSTING DEVICE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A device for transforming refuse into compost, the device comprising:
a cabinet;
a hopper at an upper portion of the cabinet and having an opening through the cabinet configured to receive refuse;
a first reducing mechanism in the hopper operable to reduce particle size of the refuse and mix the refuse with at least one
of air, water, or enzymes;

a transfer mechanism disposed in a conduit extending upwardly from the hopper to an outlet in the upper portion of the cabinet;
a motor beneath the hopper and the transfer mechanism and operably connected to the first reducing mechanism and the transfer
mechanism to operate the first reducing mechanism and the transfer mechanism;

a first heater coupled to the hopper;
a container removably mounted within the cabinet adjacent the motor and beneath the outlet to receive ground refuse from the
outlet, wherein the container is accessible from outside the cabinet;

a water supply coupled to at least one of the hopper, the conduit, the outlet, or the container to dispense water into the
refuse;

an enzyme dispenser coupled to at least one of the hopper, the conduit, the outlet, or the container to dispense enzymes into
the refuse; and

a controller operably connected to the first reducing mechanism, the transfer mechanism, the water supply, the first heater,
and the enzyme dispenser to maintain the temperature and moisture of the refuse within a predetermined range to convert the
refuse into compost in the container.

US Pat. No. 9,282,877

DISHWASHER WITH A PIVOT SYSTEM FOR A DISH RACK

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a wash chamber with an open face;
a pivoting door selectively pivoting between opened and closed positions for selectively opening and closing the open face;
a dish rack configured to hold dishes to be washed;
a slide system slidably coupling the dish rack to the tub for sliding movement of the dish rack in and out of the wash chamber
through the open face and having a first rail operably coupled to the dish rack and a second rail, which are slidably interconnected
for relative sliding and a transition element mounted to the first rail; and

a pivot system pivotally coupling the dish rack to the slide system, where the pivot system is configured to enable the dish
rack, when the dish rack is at least partially overlying the door, to cooperatively pivot with the door as the door is pivoted
to the closed position and wherein the pivot system operably couples to the transition element.

US Pat. No. 9,708,741

APPARATUS FOR REDISTRIBUTING AN IMBALANCE IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance, comprising:
a rotatable treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment;
a motor operably coupled to the rotatable treating chamber to drivingly rotate the treating chamber; and
a controller operably coupled to the motor and having an imbalance reduction program in a form of a plurality of executable
instructions stored in a memory of the controller to a) rotate the treating chamber at a spin speed, which is a rotational
speed sufficient to satellize the laundry in the treating chamber, b) determine a presence of a imbalance in the laundry,
c) reduce the rotational speed of the treating chamber without ceasing the rotation of the treating chamber when the presence
of an imbalance is determined, d) monitor the magnitude of the imbalance in a frequency domain during the reducing of the
rotational speed, and e)increase the rotational speed of the treating chamber to a spin speed in response to a reduction in
the magnitude of the imbalance.

US Pat. No. 9,357,899

DISHWASHER SUPPORT STRUCTURES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation, the dishwasher comprising:
a tub defining a treating chamber with an opening;
a frame coupled to and structurally supporting at least a portion of the tub, wherein the frame comprises a front collar coupled
to the tub around the opening, a first bracket supported by the front collar and extending along an exterior of the tub and
a second bracket exterior to the tub;

a first dish rack mount coupled to the frame;
a second dish rack mount coupled to the second bracket;
a first dish rack coupled to the dish rack mount, wherein the weight of the first dish rack is substantially borne by the
frame, and wherein the weight of the first dish rack is transferred to the front collar by the first bracket;

a second dish rack coupled to the second dish rack mount, wherein the weight of the second dish rack is substantially borne
by the second bracket; and

a base, wherein the weight of the first dish rack is transferred from the front collar to the base via the second bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,261,304

ADJUSTABLE DIVIDER ASSEMBLY FOR REFRIGERATOR STORAGE UNIT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet including at least one refrigerated compartment;
a storage unit provided in the cabinet and including a substantially planar support surface; and
an adjustable divider assembly provided on the support surface and including first and second pivotally interconnected and
telescoping arms enabling the adjustable divider assembly to be selectively varied in length and configuration in order to
divide the storage unit into multiple storage zones, wherein each of the first and second arms includes a housing portion
and an extension portion, with the extension portion being slidably supported within the housing portion, and wherein the
housing portion of the first arm is directly pivotally attached to the housing portion of the second arm for rotation about
a pivot axis.

US Pat. No. 9,220,394

LED CONSOLE ASSEMBLY WITH LIGHT REFLECTOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A console assembly for an appliance comprising:
a light transmissive indicia assembly (IML) having at least one indicator and at least one operator control;
a printed circuit assembly (PCA) mounted to the IML, having a touch circuit on a first side adjacent to the IML, operatively
coupled with the at least one operator control on the IML, and further having at least one light emitting diode (LED) on a
second side opposite the first side, and at least one opening through the PCA from the second side to the first side, each
opening being disposed adjacent to the least one LED;

a light reflector disposed adjacent to the second side of the PCA, the light reflector comprising at least one cup, each cup
being disposed adjacent to at least one LED and opening through the PCA and comprising a three-dimensional wall, wherein each
adjacent LED and opening through the PCA are confined within the space formed by the three-dimensional wall and light from
the at least one LED is reflected by the cup through the adjacent opening of the PCA and through the IML; and

a console shell disposed adjacent to the light reflector, and further coupled to the IML.

US Pat. No. 9,062,912

MULTI-SINGLE SERVE BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet body having a dispenser comprising a liquid pathway with an inlet in communication with a liquid source and an outlet
in communication with a dispensing area;

a cartridge loading/unloading interface associated with the cabinet body, the interface configured to receive within the cabinet
body a cartridge having a liquid enhancement component;

a storage system associated with the cartridge loading/unloading interface, the storage system having a storage device with
multiple cartridge holding positions for staging a plurality of cartridges proximate a beverage preparation position; and

an indexing system enclosed within the cabinet body of the refrigerator, the indexing system comprising means for moving one
or more of the cartridges into the beverage preparation position between the inlet and the outlet of the liquid pathway for
passing liquid through the cartridge for preparing and dispensing a beverage at the dispensing area, wherein the indexing
system supports the one or more cartridges at the beverage preparation position.

US Pat. No. 9,221,210

METHOD TO CREATE VACUUM INSULATED CABINETS FOR REFRIGERATORS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

17. A method of forming a vacuum insulated refrigerator cabinet, the method comprising:
providing first and second sheets of material comprising at least a first layer of thermoplastic material, and a second layer
of material that is substantially impermeable to oxygen, nitrogen and water vapor;

heating at least a portion of the first sheet of material to a temperature at which the first sheet of material can be plastically
deformed;

utilizing a first forming tool to deform the first sheet of material and form a first intermediate structure having a base
sidewall and a plurality of first sidewalls extending transversely from the base sidewall to define a cavity having an opening
and defines a peripheral edge extending around the opening;

providing a second forming tool having sidewall portions defining a plurality of outwardly facing surfaces and a plurality
of inwardly facing surfaces, and at least one end surface extending transversely between the inwardly and outwardly facing
surfaces;

disengaging the first intermediate structure from the first forming tool, followed by positioning the second forming tool
in the cavity of the first intermediate structure;

plastically deforming the base sidewall to form a second intermediate structure having a base sidewall and a plurality of
inner sidewalls extending transversely from the base sidewall, wherein the plurality of inner sidewalls are spaced apart inwardly
from the first sidewalk to define an annular space;

sealingly connecting the second sheet of material to the second intermediate structure around the peripheral edge to substantially
close off the opening;

filling the annular space with a highly porous insulating material; and
forming a vacuum in the annular space.

US Pat. No. 9,255,728

REFRIGERATOR WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a refrigerated appliance having a cabinet comprising:
a. providing an ice compartment in an upper and side position in the cabinet;
b. sensing temperature in the ice compartment;
c. sensing temperature in the cabinet at other than in the ice compartment; and
d. calculating cut-in temperatures and cut-out temperatures associated with the ice compartment based, at least in part, on
the sensed temperature of the ice compartment and an ice maker state to control temperature of the ice compartment at a temperature
at or below freezing.

US Pat. No. 9,341,402

REFRIGERATOR WITH VENTED AIR FLAP BETWEEN ICEMAKING COMPARTMENT AND ICE STORAGE AREA

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet;
a door on the cabinet;
an icemaker within the cabinet;
an ice storage area on the door;
an ice flow passage between the icemaker and the ice storage area;
a movable flap associated with the ice flow passage, the movable flap having an equilibrium position wherein the movable flap
substantially covers the ice flow passage; and

a vent bounded by two pairs of opposing edges of the movable flap to permit air flow through the ice flow passage to the ice
storage area with the movable flap in the equilibrium position;

wherein the two pairs of opposing edges of the movable flap further comprises an upper edge opposite a lower edge, and two
opposing side edges extending between the upper edge and the lower edge, and wherein the vent is an elongated horizontal slot
oriented parallel to the upper edge and the lower edge.

US Pat. No. 9,272,314

DISHWASHER STEAM PURGE METHOD

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a dishwasher including a tub defining a wash chamber having a bottom wall, a door mounted for movement
relative to the tub to selectively close the wash chamber, a heating element supported in the wash chamber above the bottom
wall, and a washing assembly for supplying fluid to dishware placed within the wash chamber, the method comprising the steps
of:
initiating a washing cycle including at least partially filling the tub with fluid, actuating the heating element to heat
the fluid, spraying the heated fluid in the wash chamber through the washing assembly, and draining the tub of the fluid;

initiating a steam purge cycle including at least partially filling the tub with fluid and pumping the fluid through the washing
assembly, actuating the heating element, with the fluid being below the heating element in the wash chamber, to heat fluid
within the tub and generate steam within the wash chamber, deactivating the heating element, and draining the tub of fluid;
and

initiating a rinse cycle including filling the tub with fluid to a level substantially at or above the heating element, heating
the fluid, rinsing the wash chamber with the heated fluid utilizing the washing assembly, and draining the tub.

US Pat. No. 9,237,836

ROTATING FILTER FOR A DISHWASHER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating dishes according to at least one automatic cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving the dishes for treatment;
a sprayer proximate to the tub to spray liquid into the treating chamber;
a pump fluidly coupled between the treating chamber and the sprayer to define a circulation circuit for circulating the sprayed
liquid from the treating chamber to the sprayer;

a housing fluidly coupled to the circulation circuit and defining a filter chamber;
a rotating filter located within the housing such that the circulated liquid passes through the rotating filter from an upstream
surface to a downstream surface as the rotating filter rotates; and

a first diverter extending along and positioned away from at least a portion of at least one of the upstream or downstream
surfaces, with at least a first portion of the first diverter abutting a first portion the rotating filter to define a floating
relative relationship between the first diverter and the rotating filter and define a gap therebetween.

US Pat. No. 9,410,281

FABRIC TREATING SYSTEMS AND ACCESSORIES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A fabric treating system, comprising:
a pair of sidewalls and a plurality of liquid dispensing heads positioned on the sidewalls;
an extractable enclosure extractable from between said sidewalls, said enclosure comprising:
a first wall,
a second wall, and
a fabric receiving space defined by the enclosure;
a support member positioned proximate to the first wall, the support member configured to support one of a hanger configured
to support a piece of fabric and the piece of fabric within the fabric receiving space; and

a fabric tensioning system positioned at least on the second wall, the fabric tensioning system comprising at least a first
fabric grasper configured to be attached to at least a first portion of the piece of fabric to apply tension to the piece
of fabric,

the hanger comprising:
a fabric tensioning apparatus configured to be engaged with the support member, the fabric tensioning apparatus comprising:
a support beam,
a collar comprising a first projection and a second projection, wherein the collar is engaged with the support beam at a location
on the collar at least partially intermediate the first projection and the second projection,

a first fabric engaging portion movably attached to the first projection, wherein the first fabric engaging portion is positioned
at least partially on a first side of the support beam,

a second fabric engaging portion attached to the second projection, wherein the second fabric engaging portion is positioned
at least partially on a second side of the support beam,

a release mechanism configured to move between an engaged position, where the release mechanism contacts at least the first
fabric engaging portion, and a disengaged position, where the release mechanism is free from contact with at least the first
fabric engaging portion, and

a biasing member configured to move at least the first fabric engaging portion relative to the support beam when the release
mechanism is in the disengaged position to expand the fabric tensioning apparatus and apply tension to the piece of fabric.

US Pat. No. 9,182,157

ON-DOOR ICE MAKER COOLING

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a refrigerator cabinet;
a refrigerator compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet;
a refrigerator compartment door for providing access to the refrigerator compartment;
an ice maker on the refrigerator compartment door;
a thermoelectric cooler associated with the ice maker and operatively connected to the refrigerator compartment door, the
thermoelectric cooler having a first side and an opposite second side;

a liquid cooling loop comprising a plurality of channels, the liquid cooling loop being operatively connected to the refrigerator
compartment door and configured to cool one of the first side and the opposite second side of the thermoelectric cooler.

US Pat. No. 9,097,455

REFRIGERATOR WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

21. An apparatus for operating a refrigerated appliance comprising:
a cabinet comprising a fresh food compartment and a freezer compartment;
an ice compartment in the fresh food compartment, the ice compartment positioned at a top corner of the fresh food compartment;
a cooling system including components to adjust cooling requirements of each of the fresh food, freezer, and ice compartments;
an intelligent control operatively connected to the cooling system, the intelligent control having stored temperature set
points for at least two of the fresh food, freezer, and ice compartments; and

an ice maker state related to the appliance are monitored and communicated to the intelligent control,
wherein at least one monitored state is used with at least one of the temperature set points by the intelligent control to
instruct operation of the cooling system,

wherein the intelligent control provides for automatic adjustment of the stored temperature set point where the automatic
adjustment comprises changing one or more of the stored temperature set points if the ice maker state comprises ice bin full.


US Pat. No. 9,473,892

APPLIANCES THAT TRIGGER APPLICATIONS ON CONSUMER DEVICES BASED ON USER PROXIMITY TO APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A system comprising:
an appliance configured to detect a proximity of a person to the appliance by detecting when the person moves into and out
of a predetermined range of the appliance and to send appliance state information and proximity information; and

a remote server communicatively coupled to the appliance to receive the appliance state information and proximity information
from the appliance, and configured to send one of an application trigger or a push notification based on the appliance state
information and proximity information;

wherein a user device associated with a user and communicatively coupled to the remote server will receive the one of the
application trigger or the push notification and activate an application on the user device or display the push notification.

US Pat. No. 9,468,339

LOW PROFILE SIDE DRIVE BLENDING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A blending appliance comprising:
a housing having a motor compartment and a jar receiving portion spaced laterally therefrom, the housing further including
an upper retaining member fixed in a laterally extending position from the housing, the upper retaining member having a recess
disposed therethrough;

a motor disposed in the motor compartment;
a support pad operably coupled to the housing and extending outwardly therefrom; and
a jar having a lid with a feed chute, the jar and lid being configured for lateral reception in the jar receiving portion,
wherein the lid is vertically secured onto the jar by the upper retaining member upon reception of the jar into the jar receiving
portion, and further wherein a portion of the feed chute is received in the recess such that the feed chute is accessible
when the jar is received in the jar receiving area.

US Pat. No. 9,310,116

ICE STORAGE TO HOLD ICE AND MINIMIZE MELTING OF ICE SPHERES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of storing spherical pieces of ice in a freezer, the method comprising:
providing an ice maker configured to produce a plurality of spherical pieces of ice, each spherical piece of ice having a
substantially spherical outer surface defining a first radius;

providing a tray having a plurality of upwardly opening ice support cavities, wherein each ice support cavity has a concave
surface defining a portion of a sphere having a second radius that is substantially equal to the first radius whereby the
spherical pieces of ice formed by the ice maker fit closely in a respective one of the ice support cavities;

positioning the tray in a refrigerated space at a predefined location relative to the ice maker;
transporting the spherical pieces of ice from the ice maker to a respective one of the ice support cavities;
positioning the spherical pieces of ice in the ice support cavities; and wherein:
each concave surface is truncated to define an opening in each of the concave surfaces; each of the openings having a third
radius that is smaller than both the first and second radii, wherein the spherical ice pieces fall through a respective one
of the openings after the spherical ice pieces melt and shrink in size.

US Pat. No. 9,279,213

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH IMAGING CONTROL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum defining a laundry treating chamber according
to an automatic cycle of operation, the method comprising:
imaging the laundry in the laundry treating chamber with an imaging device mounted to the laundry treating appliance and having
a sensor operably coupled with at least a portion of the treating chamber during execution of the cycle of operation;

determining a motion condition of the laundry based on the imaging of the laundry; and
controlling the operation of the laundry treating appliance based on the determined motion condition.

US Pat. No. 9,273,890

VERTICAL ICE MAKER PRODUCING CLEAR ICE PIECES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet including a fresh food compartment and a freezer compartment;
a cooling system; and
a clear ice making assembly comprising:
a housing defining an upper fluid chamber;
a fluid inlet adapted to supply fluid to the upper fluid chamber;
a plurality of walls that define a plurality of spaced, substantially vertical fluid channels there between, with each of
the plurality of fluid channels including a fluid inlet aperture in communication with the upper fluid chamber;

a fluid reservoir;
at least one drain aperture formed below the plurality of fluid channels and in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir;
and

a plurality of ice forming members configured to be cooled by the cooling system, wherein each of the plurality of ice forming
members extends into a respective one of the plurality of fluid channels such that fluid flowing through the fluid inlet aperture
of each of the plurality of fluid channels is directed over the plurality of ice forming members before draining into the
fluid reservoir through the at least one drain aperture, wherein the plurality of ice forming members is configured such that
clear ice pieces form directly on the plurality of ice forming members, and wherein the housing is formed by first and second
fluid channeling portions that fit together about the plurality of ice forming members, and the housing further defines the
plurality of fluid channels, the fluid inlet apertures and the at least one drain aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,243,987

METHOD OF DETERMINING FABRIC TYPE OF A LAUNDRY LOAD IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of determining a fabric type for a laundry load located within a treating chamber defined by a rotatable drum
of a laundry treating appliance configured to treat the laundry according to an automatic cycle of operation, the method comprising:
determining a density of the laundry load in a first wetted state to define a first density;
determining a density of the laundry load in a second wetted state to define a second density;
comparing the first density and the second density; and
determining a fabric type based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 9,080,277

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING INERTIA OF A LAUNDRY LOAD

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operation of a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber
in which a laundry load is received for treatment, and a motor rotatably driving the drum in response to a control signal,
the method comprising:
rotating the drum with the motor according to a speed profile having at least a constant speed phase, where the drum is rotated
at a constant speed, and an acceleration phase, where the drum is accelerated to the constant speed;

monitoring power provided to the motor during the acceleration phase;
calculating power to be provided to the motor for the constant speed based on the monitored power during the acceleration
phase;

determining the power provided to the motor during the constant speed phase; and
determining an inertia of the laundry load based on a difference between the calculated power and the determined power.

US Pat. No. 9,455,506

ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR FOR ADJUSTABLE REFRIGERATOR SHELF

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An electrical connector configured to engage an adjustable refrigerator shelf within a refrigerator, the electrical connector
comprising:
a first lever having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first lever being movable from a first position
to a second position when a mounting bracket of the adjustable refrigerator shelf engages the first lever; and

a second lever having a first section and a second section disposed at an angle other than 180 degrees to the first section,
the second lever being movable from a disengaged position to an engaged position in which a first electrical contact carried
by the second section is configured to engage the mounting bracket to supply power to the adjustable refrigerator shelf when
the adjustable refrigerator shelf is engaged with the electrical connector;

wherein the first end of the first lever is coupled to the first section of the second lever such that movement of the first
lever form the first position to the second position that occurs upon engagement of the electrical connector with the adjustable
refrigerator shelf causes movement of the second lever from the disengaged position to the engaged position.

US Pat. No. 9,312,730

STATOR WITH A POLYMERIC CASING FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR OF A WASHING MACHINE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of manufacturing a stator for a washing machine, the method comprising:
forming a plurality of stator segments, each stator segment including (i) a yoke section, (ii) a tooth body extending outwardly
from the yoke section to an end, and (iii) a shoe at the end of the tooth body,

forming a polymeric casing on each stator segment before engaging the yoke sections to form an annular yoke, each polymeric
casing extending over only the tooth body and the shoe of the stator segment such that the yoke section of the stator segment
is devoid of polymeric material, wherein forming the polymeric casing includes: (i) overmolding a first number of stator segments
of the plurality of stator segments with polymeric material to form a first chain of stator segments having a pin formed at
a first shoe of the first chain, and (ii) overmolding a second number of stator segments of the plurality of stator segments
with polymeric material to form a second chain of stator segments having a notch formed at a last shoe of the second chain,
each stator segment of the first chain and the second chain being connected by a polymeric bridge,

connecting the first shoe of the first chain with the last shoe of the second chain by positioning the pin of the first chain
in the notch of the second chain to form a polymeric bridge between the first shoe of the first chain and the last shoe of
the second chain before engaging the yoke sections of the stator segments,

engaging the yoke sections of the stator segments to form an annular yoke, and
forming a central shell on the annular yoke, the central shell including a plurality of bores for mounting the stator,
wherein a polymeric bridge extends between adjacent polymeric casings and connects the shoes of adjacent stator segments.

US Pat. No. 9,267,730

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING AND DISPENSING LIQUID ENHANCEMENT COMPONENTS FROM A REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

17. A liquid dispensing appliance comprising:
a cabinet body formed by an outer wall and a compartment disposed within the cabinet body;
an intake on the outer wall configured to receive a premeasured portion of a liquid enhancement component in a first solid
form state and an outlet within the cabinet body configured for dispensing the premeasured portion of the liquid enhancement
component in a second solid form state;

a processing system within the cabinet body, the processing system having a mechanism for reducing the liquid enhancement
component into a granular size more readily dissolvable in a liquid, wherein the premeasured portion of the liquid enhancement
component is mechanically fed into the processing system through the intake at the outer wall in the first solid form state;

a dispenser on the cabinet body having a water conduit with an inlet adapted for fluid communication with a water source and
the outlet adapted for fluid communication with a beverage receiving point proximate the outer wall of the cabinet body, the
water conduit for carrying a charge of water from the water source; and

a liquid enhancement component inlet in the water conduit connected to a liquid enhancement component conduit for receiving
the granular size premeasured portion of the liquid enhancement component and dispensing the granular size premeasured portion
of the liquid enhancement component into the charge of water in the water conduit to create a beverage.

US Pat. No. 9,187,855

MODULAR LAUNDRY SYSTEM WITH WORK SURFACE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A modular laundry system comprising:
a first laundry appliance having a housing with a closed top;
a second laundry appliance having a housing with a closed top, and horizontally arranged in an adjacent relationship with
the first laundry appliance to form a gap between the closed tops such that the closed tops collectively define a discontinuous
upper surface having a width and depth; and

a worksurface comprising a single-piece rigid body having a width and depth commensurate with the width and depth of the discontinuous
upper surface and mountable to the first and second laundry appliances to rest on the closed tops and span the gap to form
a continuous surface above the discontinuous upper surface;

wherein the first and second laundry appliances each have a backsplash, and the worksurface has an opening that receives the
backsplashes.

US Pat. No. 9,499,384

HANDS FREE, CONTROLLED AUTOFILL FOR A DISPENSER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of performing a dispensing operation from a dispenser assembly comprising:
capturing an image of a container with a camera;
analyzing the image; and
performing the dispensing operation based on the image.

US Pat. No. 9,466,439

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE AND METHOD OF OPERATION FOR A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having at least one automatic cycle of operation, a plurality of components
selectively operable by a controller to implement the at least one cycle of operation on a load of laundry received within
a treating chamber of the appliance with the controller having a user interface for receiving input from a user and a door
for closing an open face of the treating chamber, the method comprising:
determine, by the controller, a movement of the door in a closing direction; and
actuate the user interface when it is determined the door is moved in the closing direction; and
wherein the user interface is inactive when the door is open or partially open and activated when it is determined the door
is moved in the closing direction.

US Pat. No. 9,445,706

DISHWASHER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and having two side walls connected to a rear wall and an open face providing
access to the treating chamber;

a cover selectively closing the open face;
a spraying system comprising:
a distribution header fixedly mounted to the tub within the treating chamber and comprising a generally U-shaped planar body
having a rear portion extending along the rear wall and two side portions extending along the two side walls; and

at least one aperture provided on the distribution header for spraying wash liquid into the treating chamber;
a recirculation system for recirculating liquid sprayed in the treating chamber to the spraying system; and
a light assembly comprising a first light source and a first light guide provided on the planar body of the distribution header
and extending along the rear portion and at least one of the two side portions;

wherein the first light source emits light to the first light guide and first light guide distributes light to the treating
chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,375,128

DISHWASHER WITH SPRAY SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating utensils according to an automatic cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving utensils for treatment according to the automatic cycle
of operation;

a rotatable spray arm provided within the treating chamber and defining an interior through which liquid may pass;
first and second driving nozzles provided on the rotatable spray arm and in fluid communication with the interior, wherein
emission of liquid from the first driving nozzle and not the second driving nozzle rotates the rotatable spray arm in a first
direction, and emission of liquid from the second driving nozzle and not the first driving nozzle rotates the rotatable spray
arm in a second direction, opposite the first direction;

a movable element located within the interior and movable between a first position, where the first driving nozzle is open
and the second driving nozzle is closed, and a second position, where the first driving nozzle is closed and the second driving
nozzle is open; and

a reciprocating element operably coupled between the movable element and the rotatable spray arm for reciprocation within
the interior, based on the rotation of the rotatable spray arm, to alternately switch the movable element between the first
and second positions to reverse the direction of rotation of the rotatable spray arm.

US Pat. No. 9,372,023

ICE CRUSHING SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet having defined therein a refrigerated compartment;
an icemaker;
a dispenser for water and/or ice; and
an ice crushing system interposed between the icemaker and the dispenser, said ice crushing system including a plurality of
interleaved, relatively rotatable blades, at least some of said plurality of interleaved blades including raised protrusions
reducing spacing with adjacent ones of said plurality of interleaved blades.

US Pat. No. 9,353,475

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH FLUFFING-STATE DETECTION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance for treating laundry in accordance with a treating cycle of operation, comprising:
a treating chamber;
a non-contact temperature sensor configured to repeatedly generate temperature data representative of at least a portion of
the laundry in the treating chamber; and

a controller operably coupled to the temperature sensor and configured to determine a fluffing state of the laundry, where
a surface of the laundry is free of liquid, from the temperature data and continue the treating cycle of operation and take
an action based on the determined fluffing state, the action comprising: setting at least one parameter of a treating cycle
of operation, wherein the at least one parameter comprises a cycle step within a cycle of operation, a cycle temperature,
a direction of drum rotation, an air flow rate of heated air flowing through the treating chamber, a direction of agitator
rotation, an agitator rotational speed, a wash liquid fill level, a type of treating chemistry to dispense, a time to dispense
a treating chemistry, an amount of treating chemistry to dispense, or combinations thereof; and

wherein the controller is further configured to end the treating cycle of operation subsequent to the taking an action.

US Pat. No. 9,322,127

METHOD OF OPERATING A HOME APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a home appliance having a treating chamber for receiving an article for treatment according to an
automatic cycle of operation stored in memory of a programmable controller operably controlling one or more actuators to implement
the cycle of operation, the method comprising:
implementing the cycle of operation by executing on the controller a closed loop control algorithm having programmable control
variables for at least some of the actuators;

receiving sensor feedback related to at least one of the control variables for one of the actuators during the implementing
of the cycle of operation;

calculating at least one gradient from the sensor feedback for the at least one of the control variables; and
controlling the one of the actuators by adjusting the control variable based on the calculated at least one gradient with
an auto-tuning algorithm;

wherein the control variables include at least a gain.

US Pat. No. 9,282,874

ROTARY DRUM FILTER FOR A DISHWASHING MACHINE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a dishwashing machine, comprising the steps of:
expelling wash fluid from a spray arm onto dishware positioned in a washing chamber,
removing soil particles located on the dishware with wash fluid,
collecting wash fluid and soil particles in a sump chamber,
advancing a porous sheet through the sump chamber such that soil particles accumulate on an outer surface of the porous sheet
and wash fluid passes through the porous sheet, wherein advancing the porous sheet includes rotating the porous sheet about
a substantially horizontal imaginary axis, and

scraping the outer surface of the porous sheet with a scraper to remove accumulated soil particles from the outer surface
during the advancement of the porous sheet through the sump chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,265,398

DISHWASHER WITH SEPARATE SUMP FOR CONCENTRATED FLUID SUPPLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwashing machine, comprising:
a tub having a bottom wall, a top wall, and a plurality of side walls defining a wash chamber,
a number of dish racks movably positioned in the wash chamber,
a first sprayer located adjacent a first portion of the dish racks,
a second sprayer spaced from the first sprayer and located adjacent a second portion of the dish racks,
a first sump formed in the bottom wall of the tub, the first sump supplying first wash fluid to the first sprayer,
a second sump formed in the bottom wall of the tub and spaced from the first sump, the second sump supplying second wash fluid
to the second sprayer,

a dispenser storing a wash chemistry, and
a computing unit programmed to control dispensing of the wash chemistry by the dispenser so that the second wash fluid supplied
by the second sump during at least a portion of a washing cycle intentionally has a higher wash chemistry concentration than
the first wash fluid supplied by the first sump during the same portion of the same washing cycle.

US Pat. No. 9,207,009

ICE COMPARTMENT ASSEMBLY FOR REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerated appliance comprising:
a cabinet having top, bottom, left, right and back walls and a substantially open front;
a lower portion of the cabinet including a freezer compartment;
an upper portion of the cabinet over the freezer compartment including a fresh food compartment defined by a liner having
top, bottom, left side, right side, front, and back walls, and a front opening in the front wall;

an ice making compartment in an upper corner of the upper portion of the cabinet outside of but along the liner and including
a front opening;

a sleeve having a closed back end, an open front end corresponding with the front opening of the ice making compartment, perimeter
dimensions that substantially conformingly fit into the ice making compartment, and an internal space;

a removable ice making assembly disposed within the internal space of the sleeve, the removable ice making assembly comprising
an ice maker, an ice bin, and an ice making compartment insulating front opening cover, the ice bin having a longitudinal
axis between front and back ends with the cover on the front end;

insulating material installed between at least a portion of the liner proximate to the ice making compartment and the sleeve;
and

a fresh food compartment door providing access to both the fresh food compartment and the ice making compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,464,812

GAS SUPPLY MODULE FOR BURNER WITH BEADED GAS SUPPLY TUBE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A gas supply module, comprising:
an orifice element;
a gas supply tube having an inlet end adapted to receive a gas supply, an outlet end threaded to receive the orifice element,
and an outer diameter,

a substantially circular beaded element having an outermost dimension at least one and a half times larger than the outer
diameter of the gas supply tube, wherein the beaded element is formed directly from the outlet end of the gas supply tube;

a support bracket comprising at least one mounting flange, an inlet surface, an outlet surface, and a support hole, wherein
the gas supply tube is routed through the support hole; and

a fastening element configured to secure the beaded element and the gas supply tube to the support bracket, wherein the fastening
element comprises a fixation bracket coupled to the inlet surface of the support bracket and the beaded element; and

wherein the fixation bracket comprises:
a circularly-shaped, recessed feature configured to receive the beaded element and having a plurality of alignment tabs adapted
to align the gas supply tube relative to the support bracket and a pair of opposing fixation flanges adapted to affix the
fixation bracket to the support bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,395,114

REFRIGERATOR ICE COMPARTMENT LATCH AND COVER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet;
a fresh food compartment within the cabinet;
a freezer compartment within the cabinet;
an icemaking compartment positioned within the fresh food compartment and comprising an icemaker within the icemaking compartment;
an ice bin removably mounted in the icemaking compartment for storing ice made by the icemaker within the icemaking compartment;
an icemaking compartment cover engaged to a front of the icemaking compartment, the cover being moveable between an open position
to allow access to the ice bin and icemaker and a closed position;

a latch mechanism associated with the cover having a latch member extending substantially between opposite edges of the cover
and movable between a locked position and an unlocked position;

a catch, wherein when the cover is in the closed position and the latch member is in the locked position the catch is engaged
by the latch member such that the latch member retains the cover in the closed position, and further wherein when the latch
member is in the unlocked position the latch member is free from the catch such that the catch will not impede movement of
the cover from the closed position to the open position; and

a cold air duct that has a lower air inlet positioned within the freezer compartment and an upper outlet end engaged with
a fan and operably engaged with the ice making compartment to provide cold air to the ice making compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,366,474

WATER FILTRATION PURGE INDICATION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:
an insulated cabinet forming a refrigerated internal space;
a powered refrigeration system providing controlled cooling of the refrigerated internal space;
a water system configured to distribute water from an external source to a dispenser, the water system including at least
one fluid conduit;

a replaceable water filter unit detachably connected to the fluid conduit wherein water flowing through the conduit is filtered
by the water filter, and wherein, upon initial installation of the water filter in the refrigerator, the filter is purged
by causing a necessary amount of water to flow through the water filter;

a control feature actuated by a user to cause water to flow through the water filter unit;
a user interface configured to prompt a user to actuate the control feature to purge the water filter by causing water to
flow through the water filter upon installation of a water filter;

a controller that is operably connected to the user interface;
a sensor that generates a signal that is utilized by the controller to determine if a water filter is installed; and
a memory unit mounted on the replaceable water filter, the memory unit being mounted in a shallow recess or cavity formed
by upstanding sidewalls of a cylindrical body of the replaceable water filter unit; wherein the memory unit communicates with
the controller when the water filter is installed in the refrigerator, and wherein the memory unit stores information relating
to at least one of an amount of water that has passed through the water filter and an allowable amount of water that can pass
through the water filter before replacement of the water filter is required;

the memory unit includes a first electrical contact arrangement, and the refrigerator includes a second electrical contact
arrangement that abuts the first electrical contact arrangement in response to the water filter being installed and thereby
electrically interconnects the controller to the memory unit.

US Pat. No. 9,261,305

SHELVING ASSEMBLY FOR REFRIGERATOR COMPARTMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet within which is established a refrigerated compartment defined by a rear wall and side walls, said rear wall being
formed with a plurality of spaced elongated pockets, with each of the pockets being defined by pocket side walls interconnected
by a back wall;

a plurality of ladder rails, each of the ladder rails being mounted in a respective one of the pockets and including a front
wall portion, a rear wall portion and a side wall portion interconnecting the front wall portion and the rear wall portion,
a distal edge section of the front wall portion being turned inward from a remainder of the front wall portion so as to project
toward, yet spaced from, the rear wall portion, the distal edge section defining an in-turned portion that is formed integrally
with the front wall portion, with the in-turned portion being spaced from a respective one of the pocket walls, on a lateral
side opposite the side wall portion, to establish a slot and being provided with a plurality of vertically spaced and rearwardly
projecting hooks; and

a shelf mounted upon the plurality of ladder rails within the refrigerated compartment, said shelf including laterally spaced
and rearwardly projecting arms with each arm including an anchoring pin, said shelf being supported by the ladder rails in
a select vertical position within the refrigerated compartment with the anchoring pin of each arm being retained on a select
one of the hooks and the arm projecting through a respective said slot at a lateral position offset from both the anchoring
pin and the in-turned portion.

US Pat. No. 9,212,445

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING THE LIQUID FILLING IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a tub defining an interior, a drum defining a treating chamber
receiving laundry for treatment, with the drum located within the interior and rotatable about a rotational axis, and configured
to automatically treat laundry according to a cycle of operation, the method comprising:
determining an amount of liquid to be supplied to at least one of the interior and the treating chamber for the cycle of operation;
supplying liquid to at least one of the interior and the treating chamber;
sensing the amount of supplied liquid using a sensor operably coupled to the tub;
determining a change in the attitude of the tub for the cycle of operation during the supplying of the liquid; and
correcting for an error in sensing the amount of supplied liquid caused by the determined change in the attitude of the tub
for the cycle of operation;

wherein the change in the attitude of the tub is based on the laundry loaded into the treating chamber for the cycle of operation.

US Pat. No. 9,198,534

LIQUID FLOW CONTROL AND BEVERAGE PREPARATION APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A beverage capsule, comprising:
a capsule body having a flow path spaced between an inlet adapted for fluid communication with a liquid source and an outlet
adapted for fluid communication with a beverage receiving point;

a portion of the flow path comprising a liquid flow path with a liquid flow path outlet;
a portion of the flow path comprising an enhancement flow path with an enhancement flow path outlet;
at least one enhancement flow path portion disposed adjacent at least one liquid flow path portion, wherein the flow path
outlet comprises a confluence of the liquid flow path outlet and the enhancement flow path outlet;

an enhancement source having an inlet in liquid receiving communication with the liquid flow path and disposed in the flow
path downstream of the flow path inlet.

US Pat. No. 9,414,736

DISHWASHER WITH DIRECTIONAL SPRAY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for washing utensils according to an automatic cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving utensils for cleaning; and
a spraying system for supplying liquid to the treating chamber and having a spray arm comprising:
an elongated body having an interior and rotatable about an axis of rotation;
a liquid passage provided in the interior;
at least one outlet located on a length of the elongated body such that it is spaced away from the rotational axis and extending
through the body and in fluid communication with the liquid passage;

a valve body movable along a length of the elongated body to fluidly couple different portions of the at least one outlet
to the liquid passage to alter a direction of liquid emitted from the at least one outlet; and

an actuator operably coupled to the valve body and configured to move the valve body during the automatic cycle of operation
to control the direction of liquid emitted from the outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,295,368

DISHWASHER WITH HYDRAULICALLY DRIVEN SPRAYER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for washing dishes according to an automatic cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving dishes for cleaning;
a spraying system supplying liquid to the treating chamber and having a sprayer comprising:
a sprayer body mounted within the tub for movement about a rotatable axis and having an interior;
a liquid passage provided in the interior;
at least one spray outlet extending through the sprayer body and in fluid communication with the liquid passage and configured
to emit a spray of liquid into the treating chamber to wash the dishes;

a drive outlet comprising only a single opening extending through the sprayer body and configured to emit a spray of liquid
to rotate the sprayer body about the rotational axis; and

a valve body reciprocally moveable relative to the sprayer body to fluidly couple different portions of the single opening
of the drive outlet to the liquid passage to alter an amount of liquid emitted from the drive outlet to adjust a speed of
rotation of the sprayer body.

US Pat. No. 9,544,948

POWER SUPPLY DEVICE FOR A HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE AND AN OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A household appliance power supply device comprising:
a switching converter that comprises a rectifying stage, electrically connected with a main power supply;
a bus capacitor electrically connected in parallel with at least one output terminal electrically connected with the rectifying
stage;

a first resonant tank and second resonant tank electrically connected with at least a terminal of the bus capacitor;
a first switching device and a second switching device, which have respectively a first switching period and a second switching
period and are electrically connected respectively with the first resonant tank and the second resonant tank; and

a control means configured to control the first switching device and the second switching device;
wherein the control means is configured to operate the first switching device independently from an operating condition of
the second switching device, so that at least one first electric quantity related to the operation of the first switching
device follows at least one corresponding reference first waveform and a first reference value; and

wherein the control means is configured to operate the second switching device depending on an operating condition of the
first switching device and based in part on a desired power output of the power supply device, so that the first switching
device and the second switching device work according to an interleaved mode, the second switching period is kept constantly
equal to the first switching period, and a delay between initiating operation of the first switching device and initiating
operation of the second switching device is based in part on the desired power output of the power supply device.

US Pat. No. 9,144,328

INTERACTIVE TRANSPARENT TOUCH SCREEN DOORS FOR WINE CABINETS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An interactive touch screen door for use with a wine cabinet having a refrigerated compartment and a rack in the refrigerated
compartment to hold bottles of wine, the touch screen door to provide access to the refrigerated compartment and comprising:
a transparent touch display embedded in the door and having a size at least corresponding to a portion of the refrigerated
compartment intended to store wine; and

a controller operatively connected to the transparent touch display and configured to:
provide on the transparent touch display information associated with wine stored in the cabinet;
receive via the transparent touch display a wine search parameter; and
display on the transparent touch display one or more indicators at the physical locations of one or more bottles of wine in
the cabinet corresponding to the wine search parameter, wherein the one or more indicators are superimposed on the transparent
touch display to be in line with at least a portion of a contour of at least one of the one or more bottles of wine corresponding
to the wine search parameter.

US Pat. No. 9,121,641

RETROFITTABLE THERMAL STORAGE FOR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A retrofittable thermal storage system configured to be used in connection with a building structure forced air cooling
system comprising:
a forced air cooling system comprising:
a compressor;
a condenser;
a thermal expansion device;
a forced air evaporator positioned within a building air cooling passageway that delivers air to at least a portion of the
interior volume of the a building structure and in thermal communication with air passing through the passageway; and

fluid conduits carrying refrigerant fluid and operably and refrigerant fluidly coupling, the compressor, the condenser, the
thermal expansion device, and the evaporator; and

a retrofitted thermal storage system comprising:
a coolant loop that is free of a compressor and free of a condenser, wherein the coolant loop comprises a refrigerant fluid
pump and refrigerant fluid conduits that deliver coolant loop refrigerant fluid to a coolant loop evaporator spaced within
the building air cooling passageway that delivers air to at least a portion of the interior volume of the building structure
and in thermal communication with air passing through the passageway and wherein the coolant loop is in thermal communication
with a thermal energy storage material within a thermal energy thermal storage fluid tank; and

a charging vapor compression system comprising:
a charging vapor compression system evaporator positioned in thermal communication with the thermal energy storage material;
a charging compressor, a charging condenser; and a charging thermal expansion device.

US Pat. No. 9,354,207

BOIL AND BOIL-DRY DETECTION METHODS FOR COOKING APPLIANCES USING VIBRATION SENSORS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of boil and boil-dry detection for cooking appliances, comprising the steps:
detecting vibrations that correspond to cookware situated on a burner assembly;
generating a vibration signal based on the vibrations;
performing signal processing on the vibration signal;
collecting vibration data related to the vibration signal; and
detecting boiling and boil-dry conditions for a liquid contained within the cookware based at least in part on an evaluation
of the vibration data,

wherein the step of detecting boiling and boil-dry conditions for a liquid contained within the cookware is based at least
in part on amplitude and time components of the vibration data, and

further wherein the step of detecting each of the boiling and boil-dry conditions for a liquid contained within the cookware
is based at least in part on a conversion of the vibration signal into a vibration data set comprising vibration power versus
frequency by applying Fast Fourier Transform methodologies, and a comparison of the vibration data set to a predetermined
threshold frequency, a predetermined boiling onset threshold vibration power, and a predetermined peak boiling threshold vibration
power that correspond to prior-derived data associated with boiling and boil-dry conditions of the liquid in the cookware.

US Pat. No. 9,347,166

CLOTHES MOVER FOR AN AUTOMATIC WASHER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A washing machine for treating laundry according to at least one automatic cycle of operation, comprising:
a basket having a bottom wall and a peripheral side wall extending upwardly from the bottom wall to at least partially define
a treating chamber with an open top, with the basket rotatable about a first rotational axis;

a clothes mover located within the treating chamber, proximate the bottom wall, and having a base with a centrally located
hub concentric with a second rotational axis about which the clothes mover reciprocally rotates;

a plurality of non-flexible vanes having an upper surface and extending upwardly from the base and extending away from the
hub toward the peripheral side wall a first distance;

a plurality of flexible vanes having an elongated body extending away from the hub a distance less than the first distance
and projecting upwardly from the upper surface to terminate in a tip, with the elongated body having a first end proximate
the hub and a second end, opposite the first end; wherein the flexible vanes flex about a flex axis that is not parallel to
either of the first and second rotational axes.

US Pat. No. 9,322,125

METHOD FOR DISPENSING AN ENZYME IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of treating laundry in a laundry treating appliance having an air supply system and a heating system both operably
coupled to and controlled by a controller to supply heated air to a rotatable drum defining a treating chamber, the method
comprising:
determining a remaining moisture content of the laundry based on output from a moisture sensor;
reducing the moisture content of the laundry in the treating chamber until the moisture content of the laundry satisfies a
first predetermined moisture content threshold based on the output from the moisture sensor, wherein the first predetermined
moisture content threshold is based on a moisture content corresponding to a desired activity of at least one lipase in a
lipase solution to be applied to the laundry in the treating chamber;

after the satisfying of the first predetermined moisture content threshold, applying a lipase solution to the laundry in the
treating chamber until the moisture content of the laundry satisfies a second predetermined moisture content threshold based
on the output from the moisture sensor, which is greater than the first predetermined moisture content threshold; and

after the application of the lipase solution, supplying heated air to the treating chamber to reduce the moisture content
of the laundry to satisfy the first predetermined moisture content threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,314,716

CUSTOMIZABLE MULTI-STAGE WATER TREATMENT ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A customizable multi-stage fluid treatment assembly for an appliance comprising:
a base cartridge having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending between the first and second ends enclosing an
interior volume, wherein a treatment medium is spaced within the interior volume between the first and second ends, such that
the first and second ends of the base cartridge are configured to receive a fluid, bring the fluid into operative contact
with the treatment medium, and dispense the fluid from the opposing end of the base cartridge;

a connector coupled with the first end of the base cartridge and having an inlet and an outlet for receiving and dispensing
the fluid to and from the appliance and configured to receive and dispense the fluid to and from the base cartridge, wherein
the connector is configured to receive untreated water through the inlet and dispense treated water through the outlet after
it has been treated by at least the treatment medium;

a first variable cartridge having a first coupler end configured to be removably engaged by hand with the second end of the
base cartridge, a first receiver end, and a first wall extending between the first coupler end and the first receiver end
enclosing a first inside volume, wherein a first filter medium is spaced within the first inside volume between the first
coupler end and first receiver end, such that the first coupler end and first receiver end of the first variable cartridge
are configured to receive the fluid, bring the fluid into operative contact with the first filter medium, and dispense the
fluid from the first coupler end of the first variable cartridge;

a cap coupled with the first receiver end of the first variable cartridge and enclosing the first receiver end such that a
sealed housing is formed with the sidewall of the base cartridge and the first wall of the first variable cartridge, wherein
the sealed housing is configured to be removably engaged with a filter head assembly of the appliance; and

a channel formed within the sealing housing between a select one of the inlet or outlet of the connector and the cap, wherein
the cap is configured to direct the fluid to flow between the first variable cartridge and the channel, and wherein the channel
is configured to allow the fluid to travel in a closed circuit to and from the connector through the channel, the first filter
medium, and the treatment medium.

US Pat. No. 9,222,719

FLEXIBLE WICK AS WATER DELIVERY SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:
a main supply fluid tank;
a secondary reservoir supplied with fluid from the main supply fluid tank, the secondary reservoir having a maximum, controlled
height of fluid;

an atomizer provided with fluid from the secondary reservoir, the atomizer discharging the fluid provided from the secondary
reservoir in an atomized spray to at least a portion of the refrigerator; and

a flexible wick disposed between the secondary reservoir and the atomizer and in fluid communication with both the secondary
reservoir and the atomizer,

wherein the atomizer comprises a piezo element located in a piezo reservoir adapted to hold fluid proximate to the piezo element,
wherein the piezo reservoir is provided with fluid from the secondary reservoir via the flexible wick.

US Pat. No. 9,392,924

DISHWASHER WITH BOOSTER AGENT DISPERSAL SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of performing a washing operation in a dishwasher comprising:
directing a first flow of washing fluid from a pump assembly to a first rotatable spray arm for a lower rack of the dishwasher;
directing a second flow of washing fluid from the pump assembly to a first tube leading to a second rotatable spray arm for
an upper rack of the dishwasher; and

directing a third flow of washing fluid from the pump assembly to a second tube and into each of an non-rotatable auxiliary
spray unit and a housing of a washing agent dispenser, with both mounted to the upper rack.

US Pat. No. 9,395,078

BOIL AND BOIL-DRY DETECTION SYSTEMS FOR COOKING APPLIANCES USING VIBRATION SENSORS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking sensor system, comprising:
a burner assembly;
a vibration sensor assembly configured to generate a vibration signal that corresponds to vibrations of cookware situated
on the burner assembly;

a processor arranged to receive the vibration signal and determine each of a boiling condition and a boil-dry condition for
a liquid contained within the cookware, wherein the determination is based at least in part on a conversion of the vibration
signal into a vibration data set comprising vibration power versus frequency by applying Fast Fourier Transform methodologies,
and a comparison of the vibration data set to a predetermined threshold frequency, a predetermined boiling onset threshold
vibration power, and a predetermined peak boiling threshold vibration power that correspond to prior-derived data associated
with the boiling and boil-dry conditions for the liquid contained within the cookware; and

an indicator element coupled to the processor, wherein the indicator element is arranged to at least one of visually and audibly
indicate at least one of the boiling condition and the boil-dry condition.

US Pat. No. 9,360,246

UNDER MOUNT ROLLER FOR CRISPER SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a refrigerator cabinet having a rear wall opposite one or more doors;
a pair of parallel channels generally extending forwardly from the rear wall and comprising:
(a) a channel lip disposed above the pair of parallel channels;
(b) a channel wall bisecting the channel lip and separating the pair of parallel channels;
a storage drawer having a front wall opposite a rear wall, opposite side walls, and a bottom surface extending between the
front wall, rear wall, and opposite side walls; and

a plurality of rollers connected to the bottom surface of the storage drawer,
wherein one of the plurality of rollers is rotatably movable within one of the pair of parallel channels and
wherein the channel wall is vertical and further wherein the channel lip is curvilinear.

US Pat. No. 9,335,054

GAS OVEN WITH ELECTRIC AND GAS HEATING ELEMENTS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A broiling cycle method of operation for an oven having a housing defining a cooking cavity, a gas heating element only
at a lower portion of the cooking cavity, and an electric heating element only at an upper portion of the cooking cavity,
the method comprising:
a preheating phase of the broiling cycle where the cooking cavity is preheated by activating at least the gas heating element
until a temperature in the cooking cavity reaches a preheating temperature; and

a broiling phase of the broiling cycle, following the preheating phase, where the electric heating element is activated and
the gas heating element is selectively activated and deactivated to maintain an air temperature of the cooking cavity below
a door-lock temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,322,578

QUICK THAW/QUICK CHILL REFRIGERATED COMPARTMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

15. A food refrigeration appliance comprising:
a refrigerated cabinet;
a quick chill compartment including a chill surface located within the refrigerated cabinet;
a magneto-caloric element which gives off heat when exposed to a magnetic field and which absorbs heat when the magnetic field
is removed, the magneto-caloric element being adjacent the chill surface for heating and cooling the chill surface; and

a control system for controlling the quick chill compartment and being operable for chilling food to be placed on the chill
surface by engaging the magneto-caloric element, transferring heat away from the magneto-caloric element to bring/keep the
chill surface near the ambient temperature of the refrigerated cabinet to ready the chill surface to accept a food item for
rapid chilling, and disengaging the magneto-caloric element to cool the chill surface and thereby chill the food item.

US Pat. No. 9,301,667

SOIL CHOPPING SYSTEM FOR A DISHWASHER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating dishes according to at least one cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber;
a liquid spraying system supplying a spray of liquid to the treating chamber;
a liquid recirculation system including a recirculation pump having an impeller and recirculating the sprayed liquid from
the treating chamber to the liquid spraying system to define a recirculation flow path;

a liquid filtering system comprising a cylindrical rotating filter operably coupled to the impeller such that rotation of
the impeller effects the rotation of the cylindrical rotating filter, with the cylindrical rotating filter having an outer
upstream surface and an inner downstream surface and located within the recirculation flow path such that the recirculation
flow path passes through the cylindrical rotating filter from the outer upstream surface to the downstream surface to effect
a filtering of the sprayed liquid and the cylindrical rotating filter fluidly divides the recirculation flow path into a first
part that contains filtered soil particles and a second part that excludes the filtered soil particles; and

a soil chopping system comprising at least one blade mounted to the outer upstream surface of the cylindrical rotating filter
for co-rotation therewith, the at least one blade extending from the outer upstream surface and defining a blade path upon
rotation of the cylindrical rotating filter that encircles the outer upstream surface.

US Pat. No. 9,241,595

COOKING AND MIXING APPLIANCE KIT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking appliance kit comprising:
a housing including a plurality of walls defining a heating cavity;
a cooking vessel selectively inserted into the heating cavity, the cooking vessel including a first rounded end, a second
rounded end, and an intermediate necked portion that define first and second wells that at least partially intersect wherein
the first and second rounded ends intersect at the intermediate necked portion;

first and second distinct heater plates disposed in the first and second wells, respectively;
an arcuate dividing wall disposed in the heating cavity between the first and second distinct heater plates;
first and second drive arms removably engaged to a top portion of the housing and in operable communication with a drive system;
a flipping wand for removable engagement with the first drive arm;
a stirring wand for removable engagement with the second drive arm; and
a lid pivotally coupled to the housing and operable between open and closed positions.

US Pat. No. 9,113,766

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISHWASHER WITH COMMON HEATING ELEMENT FOR MULTIPLE TREATING CHAMBERS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a dishwasher having a first tub at least partially defining a first treating chamber and a second
tub at least partially defining a second treating chamber physically separate and fluidly isolated from the first treating
chamber; a first drawer at least partially defining the first tub and including a first spray arm assembly; a second drawer
at least partially defining the second tub and including a second spray arm assembly; a liquid supply system selectively fluidly
coupled to both of the first and second spray arm assemblies in the first and second treating chambers to selectively supply
liquid thereto; an air supply system selectively fluidly coupled to both of the first and second treating chambers to selectively
supply air thereto; and a heating system for heating the supplied air and liquid and comprising a heating element common to
the liquid supply system and the air supply system; wherein activation of the heating element heats the liquid supplied to
the one of the first and second treating chambers and the air supplied to the other of the first and second treating chambers;
and wherein the first drawer is movable between a first and second position, and the first spray arm assembly moves with the
first drawer, comprising: supplying air to one of the first and second treating chambers; supplying liquid to the other of
the first and second treating chambers; and simultaneously heating the supplied air and the supplied liquid with the common
heating element.

US Pat. No. 9,115,924

IN-THE-DOOR COOLING SYSTEM FOR DOMESTIC REFRIGERATORS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet defining a refrigerator compartment and a freezer compartment;
a door pivotally and removably coupled with the cabinet; and
a cooling system disposed solely in the door and in fluid communication with the refrigerator compartment and the freezer
compartment, the cooling system including a compressor, an evaporator, a condenser, and a capillary tube, and configured to
maintain a temperature of the refrigerator compartment at a different temperature than the freezer compartment,

wherein air is drawn into a lower portion of the door across the evaporator and expelled through the outlets at various heights
of the door.

US Pat. No. 9,052,133

MOISTURE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AN APPLIANCE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MOISTURE WITHIN AN APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A moisture control system for an appliance comprising: a cabinet having at
least four sidewalls defining an appliance opening, a back wall, an interior, a mullion defining first and second compartments
of the interior of the cabinet and a plurality of openings defined within the mullion configured to provide selective fluid
communication between the first and second compartments; an evaporator disposed in the first compartment proximate the plurality
of openings, wherein the evaporator is in fluid communication with a condenser, a compressor, at least one coolant flow control
device, and a cooling fluid via coolant conduits; a cooling bank disposed in the second compartment proximate the plurality
of openings and configured to be in selective thermal communication with the evaporator, and including a cooling portion,
a condensing portion, and a dividing member that physically divides the cooling bank into the cooling portion and the condensing
portion; a first cooling fan disposed proximate the evaporator and configured to direct air across the evaporator to circulate
cooling within the first compartment when air is circulated independently in the first compartment and the second compartment;
and a second cooling fan disposed proximate the cooling bank and at least one of the plurality of openings of the mullion,
wherein the second cooling fan is operable between an evaporator position and a bank position, wherein the second cooling
fan is in fluid communication with the evaporator and the cooling bank in a first position, and wherein the second cooling
fan is in fluid communication with the cooling bank in a second potion.

US Pat. No. 9,447,533

EFFICIENT ENERGY USAGE FOR A LAUNDRY APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance configured to implement at least one cycle of operation to treat a laundry load, comprising:
a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber in which a laundry load is received for treatment;
a motor rotatably driving the drum;
a moisture sensor providing a moisture signal indicative of a remaining moisture content of the laundry load; and
a controller operably coupled to the motor and receiving the moisture signal, and configured to extract moisture from the
laundry load by rotating the drum to apply a centrifugal force to the laundry load, determine at least one of an amount of
energy or a cost of energy required to extract at least a portion of the remaining moisture content from the laundry load,
and ending the at least one cycle of operation when the at least one of the amount of energy or the cost of energy to extract
the at least a portion of the remaining moisture content satisfies a threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,423,167

REFRIGERATOR WITH A WATER AND ICE DISPENSER HAVING AN IMPROVED ICE CHUTE AIR SEAL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet;
a door attached to the cabinet, the door having a front panel and an inner liner;
an opening through the liner for receiving ice from an ice storage area;
an ice chute in the door in operable connection with the opening for transporting ice received through the opening to an ice
receiving area; and

an ice dispenser attached to the door and engaging the ice chute, and terminating in an outlet for discharging ice into a
container positioned in the ice receiving area beneath the outlet;

a food storage area on the inner liner directly behind the ice receiving area; and
a seal between the ice storage area and the ice chute;
wherein the inner liner has a liner surface surrounding an upper portion of the chute that faces generally upwardly and towards
the ice storage area, and wherein the ice storage area has an outer wall with a wall surface that faces generally downwardly
and towards the door liner, and wherein the liner surface and the wall surface have complementary slopes.

US Pat. No. 9,389,018

DRYER OR WASHER DRYER AND METHOD FOR THIS OPERATION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dryer having a closed process air circuit comprising:
a drum;
a condenser downstream from the drum for dehumidifying warm air; and
a thermoelectric device having a cold side arranged in the process air circuit downstream from the drum, and a warm side cooled
by a fluid circulated in a liquid/air heat exchanger arranged in the process air circuit downstream from the condenser.

US Pat. No. 9,345,326

REFRIGERATOR SHELVES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator shelf comprising:
a substantially planar member;
trim along a first edge of the planar member; and
a continuous wire support rod bent from a single piece to have:
a first portion extending along and beneath the trim;
a linear second portion substantially perpendicular to the first portion and extending from the first edge to a point between
the first edge and a second edge opposite the first edge; and

a third portion extending from the point and extending substantially perpendicularly from a plane defined by the first and
second portions.

US Pat. No. 9,250,007

HYDROPHILIC STRUCTURES FOR CONDENSATION MANAGEMENT IN APPLIANCES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance, comprising:
a cabinet having an exterior surface;
a refrigeration compartment located within the cabinet;
a hydrophilic structure disposed on the exterior surface, the hydrophilic structure configured to spread condensation; and
a wicking structure located in proximity to the hydrophilic structure, wherein the wicking structure is configured to receive
the condensation.

US Pat. No. 9,091,011

CONTINUOUS HIGH SPEED INERTIA DETECTION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber
for receiving a laundry load for treatment according to at least one cycle of operation, the method comprising:
extracting liquid from the laundry load by rotating the drum at a speed plateau where a rotational speed of the drum is greater
than a satellizing speed;

monitoring an inertia of the laundry load during the speed plateau;
determining a decay rate of the monitored inertia; and
terminating the extracting of liquid upon the decay rate satisfying a reference value.

US Pat. No. 9,115,922

FRESH ICE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a refrigerator cabinet having a door;
an ice maker mounted on the door of the refrigerator cabinet;
an ice storage bucket positioned below the ice maker, the ice storage bucket having a funnel at a bottom of the ice storage
bucket;

a heater thermally coupled to the ice storage bucket to melt ice stored in the ice storage bucket;
a drain positioned to capture water from the ice melted by the heater; and
a water trap positioned below the funnel; and
a conduit at the drain to convey the melt water to the water trap.

US Pat. No. 9,297,577

BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH MACHINE VISION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:
a refrigerator cabinet;
a fresh food compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet;
a freezer compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet;
a beverage dispensing system operatively connected to the refrigerator cabinet and configured to dispense beverages;
an image sensor associated with the beverage dispensing system positioned to acquire an image of a user and a beverage container
image;

an intelligent control associated with the beverage dispensing system and operatively connected to the image sensor;
a memory operatively connected to the intelligent control, wherein the memory stores the image of the user, the beverage container
image and beverage user patterns, thereby the intelligent controller is configured to identify and dispense a preferred beverage
of the user in accordance to the beverage user patterns stored in the memory without requiring the user to select a beverage.

US Pat. No. 9,145,290

REFRIGERATOR WITH BEVERAGE DISPENSER CLEANING SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of using a refrigerator with a beverage dispensing system, the method comprising:
providing a refrigerator having a refrigerator cabinet and a beverage dispenser operatively connected to the refrigerator
cabinet;

receiving an indicia from a user to dispense a beverage comprising fluid received through a fluid line and fluid enhancement
received through a fluid enhancement line;

dispensing the beverage; and
circulating a cleaning fluid through the fluid line or the fluid enhancement line for cleaning after dispensing;
wherein the beverage dispensing system comprises a cleaning cartridge;
wherein the cleaning cartridge comprises a first chamber and a second chamber;
wherein the circulating further comprises circulating the cleaning fluid from the first chamber through the fluid line or
the fluid enhancement line to the second chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,320,993

FILTER HOUSING FOR SMALL MEDIA

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A fluid treatment apparatus having a longitudinal length comprising:
a base portion having a length one half the longitudinal length of the fluid treatment apparatus or less, and having a first
end, a second end, and at least one side having an exterior surface and an interior surface and extending between the first
and second end, defining a fluid treatment media receiving volume within the base portion, wherein the first end has an inlet
and an outlet for receiving and dispensing a fluid, respectively, to and from the fluid treatment media receiving volume;

a medium or media spaced within the fluid treatment receiving volume, wherein the medium or media treats a fluid contacting
the medium or media; and

an elongated support portion engaged with the base portion and having a length one half the longitudinal length of the fluid
treatment apparatus or more comprising:

a cap; and
a sidewall extending longitudinally between the second end of the base portion and the cap, wherein the sidewall has an exterior
facing surface that is an extension of and at least substantially aligned with the exterior surface of the side of the base
portion; wherein the elongated support portion further comprises:

a strengthening support wall longitudinally extending between the second end of the base portion and the cap; the strengthening
support wall having a portion extending generally perpendicular to the sidewall of the elongated support portion and having
a portion being coaxial with the base portion.

US Pat. No. 9,297,538

OVEN DOOR LIGHTING

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of assembling an oven door, comprising:
positioning insulation adjacent a back panel, the back panel and the insulation being formed to include an opening,
etching a first design into a first heat-resistant window,
positioning the first heat-resistant window adjacent the opening,
positioning a light source adjacent an edge of the first heat-resistant window, the light source being spaced from the back
panel by at least the insulation,

receiving a request including a second design,
etching the second design into a second heat-resistant window,
removing the first heat-resistant window from the opening, and
positioning the second heat-resistant window adjacent the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,284,679

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH DRYING RACK DETECTION BASED ON IMAGING DATA

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for operating a clothes dryer having a rotating drum defining a drying chamber, the method comprising:
imaging at least a portion of the drying chamber with an imaging device mounted to the clothes dryer and having a sensor operably
coupled with at least a portion of the drying chamber;

determining a presence of a stationary drying rack in the drying chamber based on the imaging of the at least a portion of
the drying chamber; and

controlling the operation of the clothes dryer based on the presence of the drying rack.

US Pat. No. 9,243,808

ECONOMICAL AND VERSATILE SYSTEM FOR FIXING A HOB IN A WORKSHOP

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A fastening component, comprising:
a cooking hob fastener member;
a cooking hob support element, wherein the cooking hob fastener element and the cooking hob support element are configured
as a combination fastener support element configured to fix a cooking hob to a carrier element, wherein the carrier element
is a frame of a worktop surface, the worktop surface supporting and surrounding the cooking hob; and

an elastic member configured on the fastener member and fixable to said support element, wherein said fastener member, when
assembled with the support element, has an engaged end opposite to a free end, and said elastic member presenting a V-shape,
wherein the V-shape includes a fold placed between said engaged and free ends in a zone opposite to said ends, said free end
allowing the release of the fastener member assembled with the support element of the component from the carrier element by
a compression of said free end, said free end includes a tab-shaped portion that extends in a direction substantially parallel
to said engaged end, wherein the engaged end includes snap-on elastic elements to said support element, the snap-on elastic
elements comprising a protruding element adapted to be inserted in a lower area of a seat of the support element and shaped
as a pocket and provided with a central strip, and said snap-on elastic elements further comprising an elastic coupling element
with said central strip in an upper area of said seat, said elastic coupling element having a first width, the first width
is greater than a second width of said portion shaped as a tab and is equal to a third width of said free end.

US Pat. No. 9,173,542

DISHWASHER WITH OFFSET OPEN FACE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub having a front defining an outer periphery;
a treating chamber defined by the tub and having an open face located at the front of the tub and within the outer periphery;
a cover selectively closing the open face;
a spraying system spraying liquid within the treating chamber;
a recirculation system recirculating the liquid within the treating chamber; and
at least one subsystem with at least one component, wherein the at least one subsystem comprises at least one of: a chemistry
dispensing system, a water softening system, a condensing system, a liquid reuse system, a regeneration system, an air venting
system, or an electronic control system;

wherein the open face is laterally offset within the outer periphery and defines a usable space between the outer periphery
and an exterior of the treating chamber and the cover is sized to overlie the usable space when the cover closes the open
face;

wherein the at least one component is located within the useable space.

US Pat. No. 9,375,686

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING SELECTABLE LEVEL CARBONATED WATER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An apparatus for on-demand, selectable level carbonated water production comprising:
at least one carbonating unit having a volume with an inlet in communication with a source of carbonating gas and noncarbonated
water and an outlet for discharging carbonated water;

an agitator housed within the volume of the carbonating unit;
a variable speed actuator operably connected to the agitator;
a controller operably connected to the variable speed actuator, the controller having a rate of operation for the agitator
corresponding to a selected level of carbonation for an agitation interval; and

wherein the controller adjusts the rate of operation for the agitator based, at least in part, on one or more user independent
operating parameters;

whereby the apparatus further comprises a sequential discharge sequence within a single agitation interval having a first
selected level of carbonation and a second selected level of carbonation, wherein the second selected level of carbonation
is greater than the first.

US Pat. No. 9,297,553

PUMP ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A pump assembly comprising:
a motor having an output shaft;
an impeller mounted to the output shaft;
a housing configured to enclose the impeller and defining a volute chamber and includes a projection that defines a channel
having a plurality of convolutions defining alternating peaks and valleys extending from the projection that define a heat
transfer area that confronts the volute chamber; and

a heating element provided on an exterior of the housing, at least partially received in the channel, and in heat transfer
proximity to the convolutions;

wherein the channel conforms to the shape of the heating element and heat generated by the heating element is conducted into
the volute chamber through the plurality of convolutions.

US Pat. No. 9,469,931

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE DOOR WITH PLANAR WINDOW ELEMENT AND BAFFLE FOR CONTROLLING LAUNDRY MOVEMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance for treating a laundry load according to at least one cycle of operation, the appliance comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a liquid holding chamber and having a first access opening;
a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber with an open face, and located within the liquid holding chamber
such that the open face is aligned with the first access opening;

a front wall having a second access opening aligned with the open face;
a bellows extending between the front wall and the tub to form a fluid seal between the first and second access openings,
and the bellows having a compliance portion to accommodate relative movement between the tub and the front wall; and

a door movably mounted to the front wall to selectively close the second access opening, the door having a frame defining
an opening, a planar window carried by the frame and closing the opening, the planar window having a rear surface confronting
and open to the treating chamber, and a projection extending from the planar window, the projection having at least a portion
overlying the compliance portion of the bellows to retard an item of the laundry load from entering the compliance portion
during the rotation of the drum.

US Pat. No. 9,375,125

HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE HAVING ANTENNAS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A household appliance for treating items according to at least one automatic cycle of operation, comprising:
a treating chamber for receiving items for treatment according to the at least one automatic cycle of operation;
a housing supporting the treating chamber and having a front and a rear and having an azimuth plane extending through the
front and rear of the housing;

at least one controllable component configured to implement the at least one automatic cycle of operation;
a controller coupled to the at least one controllable component and configured to control the at least one controllable component
according to the at least one automatic cycle of operation; and

a radio system in communication with the controller for transmitting and receiving data and having a first antenna with a
first radiation pattern and a second antenna with a second radiation pattern, wherein the first and second radiation patterns
collectively form a combined radiation pattern;

wherein the first and second antennas are located on the household appliance such that a substantially spherical coverage
pattern is provided, with the first antenna providing approximately a first hemisphere of coverage and the second antenna
providing approximately a second hemisphere of coverage.

US Pat. No. 9,365,406

BEVERAGE DISPENSING SYSTEM WITH USER CUSTOMIZABLE INPUTS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator, the refrigerator comprising;
a cabinet;
a fresh food compartment;
a freezer compartment;
a first door providing access to the fresh food compartment;
a second door providing access to the freezer compartment;
a beverage dispensing system operatively connected the cabinet; and
a user interface operatively connected to the cabinet, the user interface having a display and being configured to optically
identify a user of the beverage dispensing system and customize beverage settings and preferences associated with the user;

wherein the user interface comprises a user optical characteristic detecting device comprising an image sensor to assist in
optically identifying the user;

wherein the user interface recommends a beverage to be dispensed by the dispensing system for the identified user based upon
beverage parameters saved for the identified user.

US Pat. No. 9,347,694

DUAL SUCTION COMPRESSOR WITH RAPID SUCTION PORT SWITCHING MECHANISM FOR MATCHING APPLIANCE COMPARTMENT THERMAL LOADS WITH COOLING CAPACITY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance comprising:
a cabinet having an internal volume and comprising a first compartment having an internal volume spaced within the cabinet
and a second compartment having an internal volume spaced within the cabinet where the first compartment and the second compartment
within the cabinet are separated by a mullion to form the first compartment and the second compartment within the cabinet
and wherein the first compartment has a first compartment thermal load and the second compartment has a second compartment
thermal load; a coolant system comprising:

a compressor having a housing, a cooling capacity, and operably connected to a plurality of evaporators for regulating a temperature
of the first compartment and a temperature of the second compartment;

a shared coolant fluid connection system that interconnects at least the compressor, a first compartment evaporator associated
with and capable of providing cooling to the first compartment and a second compartment evaporator associated with and capable
of providing cooling to the second compartment;

a coolant fluid spaced within the shared coolant fluid connection system used to regulate both the temperature of the first
compartment and the second compartment;

and a switching mechanism operably connected to a first fluid conduit that provides shared coolant fluid to the compressor
at a first pressure level and a second fluid conduit that provides shared coolant fluid to the compressor at a second pressure
level where the second pressure level is less than the first pressure level wherein the switching mechanism regulates and
switches shared coolant flow to the compressor from the first fluid conduit and the second fluid conduit and switches shared
coolant flow to the compressor between the first fluid conduit and the second fluid conduit in less than about 10 milliseconds
by controlling the switching mechanism by a controller;

wherein the first compartment is at a first temperature and the second compartment is at a second temperature below the first
temperature when the appliance is in operation;

and wherein the switching mechanism at least substantially matches the first compartment and second compartment thermal loads
with the cooling capacity provided by the compressor.

US Pat. No. 9,341,380

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM FOR AN IGNITER ELECTRODE FOR A GAS BURNER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

8. In a gas hob or boiler, an electrode for igniting a flame of a burner comprising:
an insulating body;
a conductor enclosed in the insulating body;
a groove to receive an electrode fixing element; and
an abutting edge with a lower face;
wherein the electrode fixing element comprises a resilient attachment element in the groove, the resilient attachment element
of substantially annular shape and configured to permit reversible attachment of the electrode to a burner body when in use
following application of an axial insertion force, wherein the resilient attachment element is located in the groove after
attachment of the electrode to the burner body; and

wherein the lower face of the abutting edge engages a top surface of a support of the burner body when the electrode is attached
to the burner body;

whereby no resilient clip is necessary for attachment of the electrode to the burner body.

US Pat. No. 9,302,897

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CHILL DISPENSED BEVERAGES IN REFRIGERATORS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a freezing compartment;
a refrigerating compartment;
a dispenser;
a first tank in the freezing compartment fluidly coupled to a supply; and
a second tank in the refrigerating compartment fluidly coupled to the first tank and to the dispenser.

US Pat. No. 9,279,206

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A COUNTERBALANCE TO AN IMBALANCE IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotating treating chamber for receiving a laundry load formed
of multiple articles for treatment, a motor rotating the treating chamber, and a controller operably coupled to the motor
to control the rotation of the treating chamber according to a cycle of operation, the method comprising:
a) rotating the treating chamber, with a laundry load therein, at a first rotational speed;
b) determining a presence of an imbalance in the laundry load; and
c) forming a counterbalance to the determined imbalance with a subset of the multiple articles forming the laundry load by
controlling a rotational speed of the treating chamber to satellize the subset of the multiple articles into a counterbalancing
mass substantially diametrically opposite to the present imbalance.

US Pat. No. 9,271,626

STEAM ACTIVATION OR DEACTIVATION OF CHEMISTRY IN AN APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of treating a utensil in a dishwasher having a tub defining a treating chamber in which is located a rack for
holding the utensil during treatment, the method comprising:
supporting the utensil in the rack;
applying a treating chemistry having at least one enzyme having an enzyme deactivation temperature onto the utensil by spraying
the treating chemistry into the treating chamber; and

introducing steam into the treating chamber to raise the temperature of the treating chemistry on the utensil to the enzyme
deactivation temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,107,559

DISHWASHER WITH FILTER ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating utensils according to a cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber for receiving utensils for cleaning;
a sump fluidly coupled to the tub and collecting liquid supplied to the tub;
a recirculation pump comprising an impeller having an inlet fluidly coupled to the sump and an outlet fluidly coupled to the
tub to recirculate liquid from the sump to the treating chamber;

a filter having an upstream surface and a downstream surface, and fluidly separating the sump and the outlet; and
at least one flow diverter rotating about the upstream surface or the downstream surface;
wherein liquid in the tub collects in the sump and is recirculated by actuating the recirculation pump such that the liquid
in the sump is drawn through the filter and is expelled through the outlet to the tub and the rotation of the flow diverter
generates a shear force acting on the upstream surface or the downstream surface to effect a cleaning of the upstream surface
or the downstream surface.

US Pat. No. 9,814,102

ROTARY SWITCH WITH IMPROVED SIMMER PERFORMANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a cooking appliance, comprising:
providing a cooktop having a plurality of separately controlled cooking areas;
positioning at least a first heating element and a second heating element below at least one of the plurality of separately
controlled cooking areas;

coupling an infinite control switch electrically to the first and second heating elements, wherein the infinite control switch
is operable to selectively energize simultaneously the first heating element with single-phase AC power and the second heating
element with two-phase AC power;

selectively energizing only the first heating element with single-phase AC power to supply heat to the separately controlled
cooking area; and

selectively energizing, simultaneously, both the first heating element with single-phase AC power and a second heating element
with two-phase AC power to supply heat to the separately controlled cooking area.

US Pat. No. 9,469,933

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING GRAVITY TO PRECISELY DOSE DETERGENT IN A WASHING MACHINE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance for washing clothes, comprising:
a dispensing system for dispensing a detergent and having a detergent storage tank;
a water supply line in fluid communication with the dispensing system for supplying water;
a drum;
a diverter valve comprising:
a diverter valve inlet in fluid communication with the dispensing system;
an air vent in fluid communication with ambient air; and
a diverter valve outlet; and
wherein the diverter valve has an energized state wherein the diverter valve inlet is opened and the air vent is closed, and
a de-energized state wherein the diverter valve inlet is closed and the air vent is opened; and

a flow meter in fluid communication with the diverter valve outlet and the drum, wherein
both the supplied water and the detergent pass through the diverter valve and the flow meter.

US Pat. No. 9,447,978

RANGE WITH SUSPENDED COOKTOP

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:
a cabinet;
an oven cavity mounted in the cabinet;
a cooktop positioned above the oven cavity; and
a mechanism interconnecting the cooktop to the cabinet while permitting the cooktop to be vertically adjusted relative to
the oven cavity to selectively alter the vertical spacing between the cooktop and the oven cavity for different mounting configurations,
wherein the mechanism supports the cooktop in each of the different mounting configurations, and wherein the mechanism is
constituted by a ratcheting mechanism interconnecting the cooktop to the cabinet.

US Pat. No. 9,408,497

MULTI-FUNCTIONAL TOASTING PLATFORM UTILIZING A COATED CLEAR-GLASS HEATING ELEMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:
a housing including first and second plates, the first and second plates being at least partially translucent and parallel
with one another;

a cavity defined between the first and second plates;
a partially conductive coating disposed on a portion of the first and second plates proximate the cavity;
a cam mechanism operably coupled with the second plate, wherein the cam mechanism is configured to move the second plate between
a cooking position and a non-cooking position, and wherein the cam mechanism includes a linearly translatable guide configured
to engage a ramp in communication with the second plate, and wherein linear translation of the guide moves the ramp, and consequently
the second plate, relative to the first plate; and

a user interface accessible from an exterior surface of the housing, wherein the user interface is in electrical communication
with the partially conductive coating, the partially conductive coating being in thermal communication with the cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,394,643

DYNAMIC BALANCER IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dynamic balancer device for a laundry treating appliance including a rotatable drum for receiving a laundry load comprising:
a first raceway piece having an L-shaped cross section formed by two walls defining a first annular channel wherein one of
the two walls has a first abutment extending laterally therefrom,

a second raceway piece having an L-shaped cross section formed by two walls defining a second annular channel wherein one
of the two walls has a second abutment extending laterally therefrom,

wherein the first raceway piece is attached to the second raceway piece so that first and second raceway pieces do not move
relative to each other, with the first annular channel facing the second annular channel to define an annular raceway and
with the first abutment engaging a wall of the second raceway piece and the second abutment engaging a wall of the first raceway
piece with each of the first and second annular channels respectively defining two walls of the annular raceway, and the first
and second abutments extending inwardly of the annular raceway, and

a mass disposed in the annular raceway and movable therein.

US Pat. No. 9,175,888

LOW ENERGY REFRIGERATOR HEAT SOURCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet body of one or more exterior walls separating interior space of the refrigerator from ambient air and a door that
provides access to the cabinet body;

a heat reservoir positioned on the one or more exterior walls of the cabinet body at a source of latent heat within an indoor
environment, the heat reservoir harvesting heat from the indoor environment's source of latent heat;

an application having a heat output, the application at a location generally remote from the heat reservoir;
a liquid pathway disposed in at least a portion of the one or more exterior cabinet walls between the heat reservoir and the
application for supplying the heat output at the application from the heat reservoir;

a pump in operable communication with the liquid pathway for moving liquid through the liquid pathway between the heat reservoir
and the application.

US Pat. No. 9,101,258

MULTIPLE COMPARTMENT DISHWASHER WITH INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR CLOSURE ELEMENTS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher automatically executing at least one cycle of operation for treating dishes, the dishwasher comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a first dish treating chamber and a second dish treating chamber and further defining an
access opening through which access is provided to the first and second treating chambers;

a first interior closure element movable relative to the tub to selectively close a portion of the access opening corresponding
to the first treating chamber and thus preventing access to the first treating chamber;

a second interior closure element movable relative to the tub to selectively close a portion of the access opening corresponding
to the second treating chamber and thus preventing access to the second treating chamber;

an exterior closure element mounted to the dishwasher for movement relative to the tub to provide selective access to the
first and second interior closure elements, the exterior closure element overlying the first and second interior closure elements
when the exterior closure element is closed; and

a selectively actuable latch operable between a coupled condition coupling at least one of the first and second interior closure
elements to the exterior closure element, wherein the at least one of the first and second interior closure elements simultaneously
opens with the exterior closure element, and an uncoupled condition uncoupling the at least one of the first and second interior
closure elements from the exterior closure element, wherein the exterior closure element opens independently of the at least
one of the first and second interior closure elements.

US Pat. No. 9,642,214

SENSOR SYSTEM FOR REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An interactive appliance comprising:
an appliance housing having an exterior;
a door having a handle;
a plurality of lighting devices electrically and interactively connected to a plurality of proximity sensors that each acquire
sensor data within a separate sensor field that extends a distance away from the exterior of the appliance housing; and

wherein each of the plurality of lighting devices perform a programmed function and are responsive to a disruption of one
or more of the sensor fields; and

wherein a disruption in at least one of the sensor fields activates at least one of the plurality of lighting devices proximate
the bottom of the refrigerator and the lighting device proximate the bottom of the refrigerator illuminates a general boundary
area proximate the bottom of the refrigerator;

wherein the plurality of lighting devices are integrated into a user facing surface of the exterior of the interactive appliance;
and

wherein at least one of the plurality of lighting devices is positioned on a surface of the handle facing the appliance.

US Pat. No. 9,382,654

METHOD OF DETERMINING A LOAD SIZE IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of determining a laundry load size in a laundry treating appliance comprising a rotatable drum at least partially
defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation, an imaging
device, and a controller having a processor, the method comprising:
generating an image, with the imaging device, of a portion of the treating chamber where the treating chamber has detectable
graduated markings located on a solid portion of the drum;

detecting, by the controller, at least one of the detectable graduated markings in the generated image; and
determining, by the controller, a load size based on the detected at least one of the detectable graduated marking,
wherein the determining the load size comprises counting the detected graduated markings and comparing to a reference value
that indicates a free volume.

US Pat. No. 9,347,701

REFRIGERATOR MODULE MOUNTING SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator door comprising:
an elongated spine supported within the door and integrally including one of a channel or flange;
at least one of an electrical conductor or a fluid conduit positioned in the spine;
at least one module for mounting to the spine and including the other of one of a channel or flange for mechanically attaching
the module to the spine for receiving operating power, data, or fluids from the spine at a selected location; and

a connector on the module communicating with the spine for receiving electrical signals or power from the electrical conductor.

US Pat. No. 9,250,010

REFRIGERATOR SHELF WITH GLASS RECEIVING SLOT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a liner defining a food compartment; and
a shelving assembly mounted within the food compartment defined by the liner for supporting food stored within the refrigerator,
said shelving assembly including:

front, rear and opposing side frame members interconnected to establish a peripheral frame, one of the front, rear and opposing
side frame members constituting a split frame member defined by upper and lower frame portions which are spaced by an elongated
slot;

a platform slidably received within the elongated slot in order to be supported by a plurality of the front, rear and opposing
side frame members within the peripheral frame; and

a retainer member provided on one of the upper and lower frame members within the slot for retaining the platform within the
peripheral frame upon extending through the elongated slot.

US Pat. No. 9,200,827

REFRIGERATOR WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A system of operating a refrigerated appliance comprising:
a cabinet having an interior space and an exterior;
one or more thermally insulated sub-spaces in the interior space of the cabinet ;
an ice maker in an upper corner of the interior space of the cabinet;
a cooling sub-system capable of producing a range of air temperatures in the ice maker and each of the one or more thermally
insulated sub-spaces;

a plurality of temperature sensors in locations relative the cabinet;
a user-interface for entering user-selectable temperature instructions;
a control loop comprised of an ordered plurality of state variable updating subroutines and an ordered plurality of control
subroutines, wherein at least one of the ordered plurality of state variable updating subroutines receives temperature information
from one of the plurality of temperature sensors, and further wherein at least one of the ordered plurality of control subroutines
is based on data from at least one of the ordered plurality of state variable updating routines; and

a refrigerator controller operatively connected to the cooling sub-system, the ice maker, the temperature sensors, and the
user-interface, the controller executing the control loop and operating the cooling sub-system.

US Pat. No. 9,150,400

BEVERAGE SYSTEM ICEMAKER AND ICE AND WATER RESERVOIR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A beverage dispensing apparatus comprising:
a liquid inlet configured to receive water from a water source;
a storage tank that receives water from the liquid inlet and having a top portion and a bottom portion;
at least one ice body proximate the top portion of the storage tank, and wherein the at least one ice body is formed in an
icemaker configured to produce an ice body through direct contact with an evaporator coil and does not use cold air, or formed
directly on a portion of the top portion of the storage tank using evaporator coils extending around a perimeter of the storage
tank, and wherein the only water source provided to the icemaker is recirculated water from the storage tank;

a carbonator configured to produce carbonated water received via a fluid conduit from the storage tank; and
a pump configured to pump the water from the bottom portion of the storage tank, through the carbonator, and to dispense the
water or a carbonated beverage to a user, upon a user command.

US Pat. No. 9,113,773

DISHWASHER RACK ASSEMBLY WITH TRIM ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A rack assembly for a dishwasher, the rack assembly comprising:
a wire frame rack having a plurality of wire elements forming a set of tines for supporting dishes in the dishwasher and a
peripheral wall having an upper end, with at least a portion of the upper end having a first length; and

a trim assembly having at least one trim element having a U-shaped cross-sectional configuration with an open bottom, and
the upper end of the peripheral wall is slidingly received within the open bottom and at least one tolerance adjuster mounted
to at least a portion of the peripheral wall upper end, with the at least one trim element and the at least one tolerance
adjuster cooperating to alter an effective length of the trim assembly to correspond with the first length and thereby compensate
for variation in the first length.

US Pat. No. 9,091,012

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AN INERTIA OF A LAUNDRY LOAD IN A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum at least partially defining a treating chamber
for receiving a laundry load for treatment according to at least one cycle of operation, and a motor rotating the drum, the
method comprising:
rotating the drum according to a speed profile including an acceleration phase;
periodically varying the speed of the drum during the acceleration phase;
determining a torque during each period of varying speed; and
repeatedly determining the inertia of the laundry load during the acceleration phase utilizing the torque determined during
each period of varying speed.

US Pat. No. 9,930,732

MICROWAVE HEATING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING SUCH A MICROWAVE HEATING APPARATUS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a microwave heating apparatus comprising a cavity and at least one microwave source for feeding microwaves to the cavity via a plurality of feeding ports, said method comprising the steps of:measuring, for at least one frequency or within a frequency range, a power of the microwaves reflected back to the microwave source for each one of at least part of the plurality of feeding ports; and
selecting, using a control unit, at least one of the plurality of feeding ports based on the measured power in order to feed microwaves to the cavity via the at least one selected feeding port during operation of the microwave heating apparatus at said at least one frequency or within said frequency range.

US Pat. No. 9,518,772

DOMESTIC REFRIGERATOR INCLUDING AN ICE DISPENSER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A domestic refrigerator comprising:
an ice dispenser comprising:
a mounting bracket;
a lever pivotally coupled to the mounting bracket;
a flapper door that includes a bracket having a lower end with a first plurality of teeth formed thereon and wherein the flapper
door is pivotally coupled to the mounting bracket, the flapper door being configured to pivot between (i) a closed position
and (ii) an open position;

a rotary damper that includes a shaft having a second plurality of teeth formed thereon, the second plurality of teeth being
meshed with the first plurality of teeth and wherein the rotary damper is coupled to the flapper door; and

a linkage coupled to the lever and the flapper door such that movement of the lever from a first lever position to a second
lever position advances the flapper door from the closed position to the open position, wherein (i) the linkage is configured
to permit the lever to move from the second lever position to the first lever position independently of the flapper door,
and (ii) the rotary damper is configured to resist the movement of the flapper door from the open position to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,469,927

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE AND METHOD OF OPERATING A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of positioning a unit dose treating chemistry within a treating chamber of a laundry treating appliance having
a perforated rotatable drum located within a tub, with the tub at least partially defining a liquid reservoir and the tub
at least partially defining a treating chamber in which laundry may be received for treatment according to an automatic cycle
of operation, the method comprising:
during a wash phase of a cycle of operation, supply an amount of liquid to the tub such that the liquid is at least at a first
level where rotation of the drum relative to the tub will force liquid through the perforations; and

during the wash phase of a cycle of operation, accelerate the rotation of the drum at a first acceleration rate; and
during the wash phase of the operation, further accelerating the rotation of the drum above the first acceleration rate to
create bursts of acceleration above the first acceleration rate, wherein the bursts of acceleration above the first acceleration
rate are sufficient to cause an inrush of the supplied liquid into the treating chamber from the tub via the perforations
when the liquid is at least at the first level and wherein the inrush of the supplied liquid flows over at least a portion
of a bellows extending from the tub toward a door so that a unit dose treating chemistry residing on the bellows or within
the bellows will be flushed into the treating chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,383,134

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A DISPENSING SYSTEM OF A REFRIGERATED APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A sensing system for use with a dispensing system of water and ice from separate dispensing outlets on a refrigerated appliance
in communication with a dispension receiving area configured for receiving a receptacle, comprising:
a water dispension and an ice dispension from the separate dispensing outlets, each of the water dispension and the ice dispension
having a detectable intrinsic parameter, the detectable intrinsic parameters detected near points of dispension originating
at the separate dispensing outlets for dispensing into the receptacle;

a sensor at each of the points of dispension of the separate dispensing outlet in the dispension receiving area in sensing
communication with the points of dispension;

a sensing signal of at least one of the detectable intrinsic parameters from the water dispension and the ice dispension acquired
by the sensor at least one of the point of dispension upon initiation of dispension by an operator at a dispensing station
of the appliance; and

a controller in operative communication with the sensor at each of the points of dispension adapted to process the sensing
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,377,578

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO PROVIDE LIGHTING IN REFRIGERATORS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a compartment disposed within the refrigerator having first and second opposite side walls;
a movable component disposed in the compartment, the movable component having a front edge;
a light pipe extending along the front edge of the movable component;
a first light source positioned at the first side wall to emit light into a first end of the light pipe; and
a first light reflector positioned between the first light source and the first end of the light pipe; wherein the first light
reflector comprises a first portion mounted to the movable component and a second portion mounted to the first side wall,
wherein the first and second portions are configured to be mated based on a location of the movable component and wherein
the first light reflector hides the first light source from being visible to a user of the refrigerator when the first and
second portions are mated;

and wherein the first and second portions are each generally semicircular in shape, which when mated form a generally circular
connector.

US Pat. No. 9,315,370

MULTI-SINGLE SERVE BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

16. A multi-single serve cartridge beverage dispensing system comprising:
a cartridge loading interface, the interface configured to receive a cartridge having a liquid enhancement component;
a storage system associated with the cartridge loading interface, the storage system comprising a storage device having a
plurality of cartridge holding positions for staging cartridges proximate a beverage preparation position;

a tracking system associated with the cartridge loading interface, the tracking system configured to identify and catalog
a type of cartridge received; and

an indexing system comprising means for moving one or more of the cartridges into a liquid pathway at the beverage preparation
position for passing liquid through the cartridge for preparing and dispensing a beverage at a dispensing area;
wherein the cartridge is segmented into multiple sub-compartments for controlling the concentration of the beverage.

US Pat. No. 9,310,123

METHOD OF MAKING AN APPLIANCE DOOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of making an appliance door comprising:
forming a support frame having a generally rectangular perimeter, the support frame having an aperture in a central area;
inserting the support frame into a fixture having first and second forming molds;inserting utility lines into the fixture;
pressing the first and second forming molds together to from a cavity;
injecting an insulative material into the cavity, wherein the support frame is encased in the insulative material;
inserting a block into the fixture before the first and second forming molds are pressed together to form an aperture in a
central area of the insulative material and maintain the aperture in the central area of the support frame, wherein the apertures
in the central areas of the support frame and of the insulative material are configured to receive an ice machine;

setting the injected insulative material, wherein the insulative material is cured around the support frame, thereby connecting
or bonding the support frame to the insulative material;

providing an inner door liner having a generally rectangular perimeter having a shape and size that closely corresponds to
the rectangular perimeter of the support frame;

securing the inner door liner to the set injected insulative material and support frame to form a base door; and
securing a rigid decorative exterior skin over the base door, the decorative exterior skin including a face wall and a plurality
of peripheral sidewalls that extend orthogonal to each side of the face wall.

US Pat. No. 9,285,151

REFRIGERATOR WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:
a. a refrigerator cabinet;
b. a fresh food compartment disposed within the cabinet;
c. a freezer compartment disposed within the cabinet;
d. an ice compartment disposed within the cabinet and positioned remotely from the freezer compartment, the ice compartment
having an ice maker, an ice storage bin, and a variable speed icemaking fan disposed within the ice compartment;

e. an electronic control system associated with the refrigerator and adapted to monitor and control temperature in the fresh
food compartment, the freezer compartment and the ice compartment;

f. an ice compartment temperature sensor associated with the ice compartment and electrically connected to the electronic
control system;

g. a fresh food compartment temperature sensor associated with the fresh food compartment and electrically connected to the
electronic control system;

h. a freezer compartment temperature sensor associated with the freezer compartment and electrically connected to the electronic
control system;

i. an ambient temperature sensor electrically connected to the electronic control system; and
j. wherein the electronic control system generates an electrical cooling instruction for one of the fresh food compartment,
the freezer compartment, and the ice compartment dependent upon at least two of the sensed temperatures and a stored temperature
set point for the said one of the fresh trod compartment, the freezer compartment, and the ice compartment;

k. wherein the electronic control system maintains the ice compartment at a temperature at or below freezing and further wherein
the electronic control system adjusts a temperature within the ice compartment by controlling an electronic control damper
and the variable speed icemaking fan; and

l. wherein a position of the electronic control damper and a speed of the variable speed icemaking fan are based, at least
in part, on a preprogrammed ice maker state.

US Pat. No. 9,261,280

USER INTERFACE AND COOKING OVEN PROVIDED WITH SUCH USER INTERFACE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A user interface for domestic appliances, comprising:
a selection zone configured to sense movement of a user's finger across the selection zone; a display area, distinct from
the selection zone, configured to display appliance use options including menu items, wherein at least a portion of the display
area includes a shape substantially corresponding to a shape of the selection zone; and

a processor configured to translate the sensed movement of the user's finger across the selection zone into corresponding
movement in the display area such that remote navigation of the display area is obtained through movement of the user's finger
across the selection zone, receive a user selection from the appliance use options and display the user selection in the display,
wherein the user interface is installed on a cooking oven including a door made of glass adapted to close a cavity of the
cooking oven and wherein, when the door is in a closed position, the door covers the user interface and the appliance use
options may be selected by the user through the glass of the door.

US Pat. No. 9,167,952

DISHWASHER DETERGENT DISPENSER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dispenser for a dishwasher having a wash tub, the dispenser comprising:
a fluid reservoir to hold a treating chemistry;
a lid operatively mounted to the fluid reservoir, and configured to move between an opened position and a closed position;
and

a hydraulic actuator fluidly coupled to a fluid source external to the wash tub, and configured to initiate movement of the
lid between the closed and opened positions in response to fluid pressure applied to the actuator by the fluid source.

US Pat. No. 9,518,770

MULTI-SHEET SPHERICAL ICE MAKING

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An ice maker comprising:
a cold plate apparatus adapted to freeze a portion of running water from a water supply into layers to form a plurality of
clear ice sheets; the cold plate apparatus including a flat cold plate base with upwardly extending side walls, and a plurality
of upwardly extending dividers extending upwardly from the cold plate base, the dividers extending parallel to and spaced
between the upwardly extending side walls;

a cooling source coupled to the base, wherein a single ice sheet is formed on an opposing surface of the base from the cooling
source, the ice sheet having a width defined by a distance between two adjacent dividers, a divider and one of the side walls,
or the side walls;

a staging area disposed downstream from the cold plate apparatus, the staging area adapted to receive and fuse the plurality
of clear ice sheets to form a unitary clear ice sheet having a first surface and a second surface;

a mold apparatus disposed within the staging area, the mold apparatus including a first mold assembly having a first mold
form and a second mold assembly having a second mold form, wherein the first and second mold assemblies are operable between
an open position and a closed position, wherein the first mold assembly engages the first surface of the unitary clear ice
sheet and the second mold assembly engages the second surface of the unitary clear ice sheet as the first and second mold
assemblies move from the open position to the closed position; and

a mold cavity defined by the first and second mold forms of the first and second mold assemblies in the closed position, wherein
the mold apparatus is adapted to shape the unitary clear ice sheet to form one or more clear ice structures in the mold cavity
by driving the first and second mold assemblies to the closed position about the unitary clear ice sheet.

US Pat. No. 9,500,398

TWIST HARVEST ICE GEOMETRY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An ice making apparatus for an appliance comprising:
an ice making tray comprising:
a metallic ice forming plate with a top surface and a bottom surface, a perimeter sidewall extending upwardly from the top
surface of the ice forming plate, wherein the ice forming plate and the perimeter sidewall form a water basin,

a bottomless grid with a perimeter edge wall and at least one dividing wall, wherein the bottomless grid is comprised of the
perimeter edge wall and the at least one dividing wall which rests on the metallic ice forming plate; and

a containment wall extending substantially above the top of the bottomless grid and the top of the upwardly extending perimeter
sidewall of the metallic ice forming plate, the containment wall having an elongated slot extending across a lower portion
of the containment wall and receiving therein the upwardly extending perimeter sidewall of the metallic ice forming plate,
and wherein the perimeter edge wall abuts a lower portion of the containment wall;

wherein the perimeter edge wall of the bottomless grid and the at least one dividing wall of the bottomless grid, the containment
wall and the top surface of the ice forming plate form at least one ice compartment having an upper surface and a lower surface,
and a height therebetween;

wherein an ice body is formed in the at least one ice compartment; and
wherein the perimeter edge wall of the bottomless grid and the at least one dividing wall of the bottomless grid form a draft
angle with the top surface of the ice forming plate of about 17 degrees to about 25 degrees.

US Pat. No. 9,448,007

SHELVING ASSEMBLY FOR REFRIGERATOR COMPARTMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet within which is established a refrigerated compartment defined, at least in part, by a rear wall;
a plurality of ladder rails spaced along the rear wall of the refrigerated compartment, each of the ladder rails including
a front wall portion and a plurality of vertically spaced hooks projecting rearwardly from the front wall portion, each of
the plurality of hooks defining an arcuate notch, wherein a distal edge section of the front wall portion is turned inward
from a remainder of the front wall portion so as to project rearwardly, the distal edge section being provided with the plurality
of hooks; and

a shelf mounted upon the plurality of ladder rails within the refrigerated compartment, the shelf including laterally spaced
and rearwardly projecting arms with each arm including an anchoring pin, the shelf being adjustably supported by the plurality
of ladder rails in a select vertical position within the refrigerated compartment with the anchoring pin of each arm being
retained in a respective said arcuate notch on a select one of the plurality of hooks.

US Pat. No. 9,435,581

INTERACTIVE LIGHTING IN A REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising: a refrigerator cabinet; a light system associated within an interior of the refrigerator cabinet,
the light system comprising: (a) a light source, said light source being positioned proximate a drawer of the refrigerator;
(b) a rotatable reflector having a first position when the drawer is closed, wherein light from the light source is directed
in a first direction and a second position when the drawer is open, wherein the light from the light source is directed in
a second direction; (c) wherein the refrigerator comprises elements on the sides of the drawer configured to control rotation
of the rotatable reflector between the first position and the second position with movement of the drawer between the open
position and the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,386,904

DISHWASHER WITH MOVABLE LIQUID CONDUIT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher comprising:
a chassis defining an interior with an open face;
a first fluid coupling located within the interior;
a drawer slidably mounted to the chassis for slidable movement through the open face and at least partially defining a treating
chamber with a second fluid coupling; and

a fluid conduit extending between the first fluid coupling and the second fluid coupling, comprising:
a telescoping fluid line having multiple, telescopically connected segments, with a first segment fluidly coupled to the first
fluid coupling and a second segment fluidly connected to the second fluid coupling; and

a bellows comprising multiple pleats and extending between the first fluid coupling and the second fluid coupling, encompassing
the telescoping fluid line, and configured to direct liquid escaping from the telescoping fluid line into a space between
the telescoping fluid line and the bellows and the bellows is configured such that the escaped liquid is drainable through
the first fluid coupling and the second fluid coupling; and

wherein as the drawer is slid from a wash position, where the treating chamber is located within the interior, to a loading
position, where at least a portion of the treating chamber is exterior of the chassis, the fluid conduit moves from a contracted
position to an extended position to extend the segments relative to each other and expand the pleats of the bellows.

US Pat. No. 9,383,128

REFRIGERATOR WITH ICE MOLD CHILLED BY AIR EXCHANGE COOLED BY FLUID FROM FREEZER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator that has a fresh food compartment, a freezer compartment, and a door that provides access to the fresh food
compartment, the refrigerator comprising:
an icemaker mounted remotely from the freezer compartment, the icemaker including an ice mold;
an air supply pathway in communication between the icemaker and the fresh food compartment;
a fan positioned to move air from the fresh food compartment through the air supply pathway;
a thermoelectric device positioned in the fresh food compartment in communication with the air supply pathway, said thermoelectric
device mounted remotely from the ice mold; and

a flow pathway in communication between the thermoelectric device and the freezer compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,382,655

HOUSEHOLD CLEANING APPLIANCE WITH A SINGLE WATER FLOW PATH FOR BOTH NON-BULK AND BULK DISPENSING

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A household cleaning appliance configured to execute a cleaning cycle on an article, comprising:
a cabinet defining an interior;
a treating chamber located within the interior for receiving the article for cleaning; a dispensing system having a dispensing
cup fluidly coupled to the treating chamber; and

a bulk dispensing cartridge having a container that is removably received within the dispensing cup and is configured to dispense
multiple liquid treating chemistry doses for respective ones of multiple cleaning cycles;

wherein the dispensing cup is configured to selectively hold the bulk dispensing cartridge or a single treating chemistry
dose for a single cleaning cycle when the bulk dispensing cartridge is not present and wherein the dispensing system is configured
to selectively discharge substantially all of the single treating chemistry dose from the dispensing cup into the treating
chamber during a single cleaning cycle when the bulk dispensing cartridge is not present.

US Pat. No. 9,285,161

REFRIGERATOR WITH VARIABLE CAPACITY COMPRESSOR AND CYCLE PRIMING ACTION THROUGH CAPACITY CONTROL AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

8. A refrigerator appliance, comprising:
a refrigeration compartment;
a freezer compartment;
a condenser;
a first and a second evaporator, the first evaporator in thermal communication with the refrigeration compartment and the
second evaporator in thermal communication with the freezer compartment;

a refrigerant;
a multi-capacity compressor with a maximum capacity, a minimum capacity, and a nominal capacity;
a refrigerant circuit arranged to allow flow of the refrigerant between the condenser, the evaporators and the compressor,
the circuit comprising a primary evaporator conduit arranged between the condenser and each evaporator;

a primary pressure reducing device arranged within each primary evaporator conduit;
a valve system in the evaporator conduits capable of selectively directing or restricting flow of the refrigerant through
each one, or all, of the evaporator conduits;

a controller for controlling the valve system and the compressor to maintain the refrigeration compartment and the freezer
compartment at any of a plurality of selectable temperatures, wherein the controller is further adapted to operate the compressor
upon the initiation of a compressor ON-cycle at a priming capacity above the nominal capacity for a priming duration that
is predetermined or calculated; and

a sensor coupled to the refrigeration compartment and a sensor coupled to the freezer compartment, wherein the sensors generate
signals indicative of the temperature in the respective compartments, and further wherein the priming duration is calculated
based at least in part on an evaluation of the temperature in the refrigeration compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,284,672

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH TUB AND BASKET HAVING MATCHED CHARACTERISTICS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance comprising:
a tub having a tub base with a first effective stiffness;
a basket located at least partially within the tub and at least partially defining a laundry treating chamber, the basket
having a basket base with a second effective stiffness; and

a drive system operatively coupling the tub to the basket and operative to rotate the basket about a rotational axis;
wherein the first effective stiffness and the second effective stiffness are matched such that neither the tub nor the basket
undergo increased relative deflection at a spin speed wherein there is a centrifugal force at an inner surface of a side wall
of the basket of 1g or greater.

US Pat. No. 9,222,717

ICE COMPARTMENT ASSEMBLY FOR REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator system comprising:
cabinet having top, bottom, left, right and back walls and a substantially open front;
a lower portion of the cabinet including a freezer compartment;
an upper portion of the cabinet over the freezer compartment including a fresh food compartment defined by a liner having
top, bottom, left side, right side, front, and back walls, and a front opening in the front wall;

an ice making compartment in an upper corner of the upper portion of the cabinet outside of but along the liner and including
a front opening, the ice making compartment including an ice maker for making of ice; and

a fresh food compartment door providing access to both the fresh food compartment and the ice compartment;
a fresh food set point temperature associated with the fresh food compartment;
a fresh food temperature associated with the fresh food compartment;
a cooling sub-system comprising an evaporator/condenser, at least one fan, a fresh food damper, and at least one air duct
for generating and directing cooling air to one or more locations in the cabinet; and

an intelligent control electrically connected to the cooling sub-system and the ice maker to provide cooling to the ice making
compartment to facilitate ice making and ice storage outside the freezer compartment,

wherein the intelligent control prioritizes the making of ice unless the fresh food temperature exceeds the fresh food set
point temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,207,008

REFRIGERATOR ICE COMPARTMENT LATCH AND COVER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet; a fresh food compartment within the cabinet;
an icemaking compartment;
an icemaker in the icemaking compartment;
an ice bin removably mounted in the ice compartment for storing ice made by the icemaker within the icemaking compartment;
a cover associated with a front portion of the icemaking compartment, the cover being moveable between an open position to
allow access to the ice bin and icemaker and a closed position to prevent cold air from leaking from the icemaking compartment
into the fresh food compartment;

a latch mechanism associated with the cover having a latch member extending substantially between opposite edges of the cover
and movable between a locked position and an unlocked position; and

a catch, wherein when the cover is in the closed position and the latch member is in the locked position the catch is engaged
by the latch member such that the latch member retains the cover in the closed position, and further wherein when the latch
member is in the unlocked position the latch member is free from the catch such that the catch will not impede movement of
the cover from the closed position to the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,157,640

OVEN PROVIDED WITH APERTURE FOR AIR ENTRY INTO ITS CAVITY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An oven, comprising:
a housing or structure, the housing or structure having a plurality of inner walls and outer walls, the inner walls defining
an oven cavity provided with a door for closing the cavity, a convection-cooking element comprising a cooking fan and heating
element, wherein the heating element comprising at least a grill for separately browning the at least one food item with the
cooking fan deactivated,

at least one aperture being present in at least one of the inner walls of the oven cavity, and in the door, for direct connection
to the environment external to the oven, the oven comprising the at least one aperture for introducing ambient air into the
cavity during food preparation with the cooking fan in at least one or more different steps, or subsequently a cooling fan
cools the cavity at the end of said food preparation and prior to a food browning stage;

a controllable interceptor being provided at the aperture to enable selectivity in introducing the ambient air into the cavity;
and,

a control unit configured to operate an actuator in accordance with an algorithm based on at least one of a cooking time and
on the power and time activation of said heating element for cooking foods, such that air penetrates into the oven cavity
before commencement of the food browning stage such that an outer surface of the food is irradiated by the heating element.

US Pat. No. 9,503,084

CAPACITIVE CONTROL INTERFACES FOR DOMESTIC APPLIANCES

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A capacitive control interface for a domestic appliance, comprising:
a metal outer layer configured to be pressed by a user;
a first capacitive component;
a plurality of second capacitive components facing and separated from the first capacitive component;
a first layer of insulating material between the metal outer layer and the first capacitive component; and
a second layer of insulating material beneath the first layer of insulating material and in contact with the first capacitive
component, the second layer having a plurality of thru holes each encompassing one of the plurality of second capacitive components;

wherein the plurality of second capacitive components face the first capacitive component at the plurality of thru holes;
and

wherein the metal outer layer and the first layer of insulating material extend over the plurality of second capacitive components
and are flexibly responsive to pressure and configured to transfer a flexure to the first capacitive component.

US Pat. No. 9,499,934

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCES AND METHODS OF CONTROLLING THE SAME TO DETERMINE AN END OF-CYCLE CONDITION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber in which laundry is received for treatment,
and a heated air system having a supply conduit coupled to the treating chamber and an exhaust conduit coupled to the treating
chamber, the method comprising:
determining a reference temperature of ambient air;
supplying heated air to the treating chamber via the supply conduit;
exhausting air from the treating chamber via the exhaust conduit;
determining exhaust air temperatures of the air exhausted from the exhaust conduit;
determining a windowed derivative of the exhaust air temperature values;
determining a zero crossing of the windowed derivative; and
initiating the termination of the supplying of heated air in response to the determination of the zero crossing;
wherein determining the windowed derivative comprises:
computing a first difference between a current exhaust air temperature and the reference temperature;
computing a first elapsed time between a first time associated with the current exhaust air temperature and a second time
associated with the reference temperature;

computing a first product of the first difference and the inverse of the first elapsed time;
computing a second difference between a previous exhaust air temperature and the reference temperature;
computing a second elapsed time between a third time associated with the previous exhaust air temperature and the second time;
computing a second product of the second difference and the inverse of the second elapsed time;
computing a third difference between the first and second differences;
computing a fourth difference between the first and third times; and
computing the windowed derivative by computing a product of the third difference and the inverse of the fourth difference.

US Pat. No. 9,408,519

DISHWASHER SUPPORT STRUCTURES TO REDUCE ROTATION OF A DOOR CROWN

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher for treating dishes according to a cycle of operation, the dishwasher comprising:
a tub defining a treating chamber with an opening; and
a door movably mounted to the tub to selectively open and close the opening, the door including:
a front panel;
a pocket panel fixedly coupled to the front panel and defining an opening in the front panel to receive a hand, the pocket
panel including a lip at a bottom portion thereof, a front surface of the lip abutting a rear surface of the front panel;

a crown attached to a top of the front panel;
a pocket handle fixedly coupled in the crown, the pocket handle defining a recess in the crown to receive the hand, an edge
portion of the pocket handle abutting a corresponding edge portion of the pocket panel;

a first support structure extending downward from a rear bottom portion of the pocket handle, behind the pocket panel;
a second support structure extending rearward from the lip of the pocket panel to reduce a rotation of the crown, wherein
the first support structure extends through an opening in the second support structure to engage the first support structure
and the second support structure; and

a clip to fixedly attach a bottom lip of the crown to a top lip of the front panel to reduce a separation of the crown from
the front panel, wherein the clip comprises:

an upper portion,
a lower portion; and
a central portion extending between the upper portion and the lower portion,
wherein:
the bottom lip of the crown abuts the top lip of the front panel,
the clip fixes the bottom lip of the crown to the top lip of the front panel,
the upper portion of the clip contact am upper surface of the bottom lip of the crown,
the lower portion of the clip contacts a lower surface of the top lip of the front panel, and
the central portion of the clip extends along distal ends of the top lip of the front panel and the bottom lip of the crown.

US Pat. No. 9,363,852

MICROWAVE HEATING APPARATUS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A microwave heating apparatus comprising:
a cavity arranged to receive a load;
a microwave generator arranged to generate microwaves;
a transmission line arranged to transmit the generated microwaves to the cavity;
a sensing device arranged to measure electromagnetic field strengths configured to provide information about the phase and
the amplitude of a reflection coefficient, the reflection coefficient being representative of the ratio between the amount
of microwaves reflected back towards the microwave generator and the amount of microwaves transmitted in the transmission
line from the microwave generator; and

a control unit configured to detect whether the measured electromagnetic field strengths correspond to a reflection coefficient
having a phase within a predetermined interval of phases and an amplitude within a predetermined interval of amplitudes, said
predetermined intervals of phases and amplitudes corresponding to an operating region of the microwave generator, to measure
a time during which the microwave generator is in the operating region, and to control feeding of microwaves to the cavity
based on said detection and time measurement.

US Pat. No. 9,250,004

REFRIGERATOR WITH TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An apparatus for operating a refrigerated appliance comprising:
a cabinet having at least three temperature zones, wherein at least one of the temperature zones is associated with an ice
compartment positioned remote from a freezer compartment;

a first temperature sensor configured to measure from in the ice compartment;
a second temperature sensor configured to measure temperature in one of the at least three temperature zones other than the
ice compartment;

a controller operatively connected to the first temperature sensor and the second temperature sensor and programmed to read
the first temperature sensor and the second temperature sensor; and

wherein a cooling interval is substantially synchronized in at least two of the at least three temperature zones by the controller
based on temperatures in the at least two of the at least three temperature zones from the readings of both the first temperature
sensor and the second temperature sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,200,824

ICE MAKER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An ice making appliance comprising:
a water inlet;
a water inlet valve disposed within the water inlet configured to allow water passage when in an open position and configured
to prevent water passage when in a closed position;

a reservoir in fluid communication with the water inlet;
a water level sensor disposed in the reservoir; and
a control unit in electrical communication with the water level sensor and the water inlet valve, the control unit including
a computer readable storage medium;

wherein the control unit is configured to calculate a fluid flow rate using the time between the water inlet valve opening
and the water level sensor communicating when a first predetermined water level has been reached within the reservoir, and
use the calculated flow rate to calculate a total water inlet valve open time to fill the reservoir to a second predetermined
water level; and

wherein:
one or more times between the water inlet valve opening and the water level sensor communicating when a first predetermined
water level has been reached within the reservoir are recorded on the computer readable storage medium as one or more recorded
times, the control unit being configured to close the water inlet valve at a time based on the one or more of the recorded
times if no signal is received from the water level sensor; or

one or more calculated flow rates are recorded on the computer readable storage medium as one or more recorded flow rates,
the control unit being configured to close the water inlet valve at a time based on the one or more of the recorded flow rates
if no signal is received from the water level sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,188,369

FIN-COIL DESIGN FOR A DUAL SUCTION AIR CONDITIONING UNIT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An evaporator system comprising:
a first evaporator coil at a first evaporator temperature and pressure;
a second evaporator coil at a second evaporator temperature and pressure that is less than the first evaporator temperature
and pressure;

wherein the first evaporator coil and second evaporator coil are configured to be thermally disjointed; and
a plurality of thermally conductive spaced apart evaporator fins having a plurality of spaced apart thermal break portions
positioned between the first evaporator coil and the second evaporator coil that thermally disjoin the first evaporator and
the second evaporator;
wherein the first evaporator coil and the second evaporator coil each pass through the evaporator fins in a manner such that
one zone of the fins are generally at a higher temperature than a second zone of the fins; and
a plurality of thermal bridge portions that form the plurality of thermal breaks between the first evaporator coil and the
second evaporator coil and wherein the thermal break portions are parallel to the first evaporator refrigerant coil and the
second evaporator refrigerant coil and the thermal break portions are slots in the fins.

US Pat. No. 9,167,938

FOOD PROCESSOR MIXER ATTACHMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A food processor attachment assembly configured to be mounted as an attachment to a stand mixer, the stand mixer having
a drive outlet attachment hub, the food processor attachment assembly comprising:
a gear housing having a coupling hub configured to couple to the drive outlet attachment hub of the stand mixer, the gear
housing having an upper portion and a lower portion;

a gearing mechanism disposed within the gear housing, the gearing mechanism configured to engage the drive outlet attachment
hub of the stand mixer at a first end in a driven relationship, and further coupled to an output drive shaft at a second end
for turning the output drive shaft;

a top housing assembly having a lid portion removably mounted on the upper portion of the gear housing;
a bowl assembly removably mounted on the lower portion of the gear housing;
a feed aperture disposed through the gear housing and configured to receive a food substrate for processing, the feed aperture
being in communication with the top housing assembly and the bowl assembly to at least partially define a food processing
path; and

wherein the output drive shaft is configured to rotate on a vertical axis, the output drive shaft having an upper portion
accessible from the upper portion of the gear housing and a lower portion accessible from the lower portion of the gear housing,
and further wherein the upper and lower portions of the output drive shaft are configured to couple to and drive food processing
attachments.

US Pat. No. 9,167,950

DISHWASHER WITH FILTER ASSEMBLY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a dishwasher, the method comprising:
providing a dishwasher for treating utensils according to a cycle of operation, comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber;
a liquid spraying system configured to supply a spray of liquid to the treating chamber;
a liquid recirculation system having a recirculation flow path configured to recirculate sprayed liquid from the treating
chamber to the liquid spraying system;

a rotating filter having an upstream surface and a downstream surface and located within the recirculation flow path such
that the recirculation flow path passes through the rotating filter from the upstream surface to the downstream surface to
effect a filtering of the sprayed liquid;

a first artificial boundary spaced from and rotating relative to one of the downstream and upstream surfaces to form an increased
shear force zone therebetween wherein liquid passing between the first artificial boundary and the rotating filter applies
a greater shear force on the at least one of the downstream and upstream surfaces than liquid in an absence of the first artificial
boundary; and

a drive system means for driving the rotating filter and driving the first artificial boundary to effect their relative rotation;
and

simultaneously rotating the filter and the first artificial boundary to form the increased shear force zone.

US Pat. No. 9,452,375

WATER FILTER CARTRIDGE AND VALVE WITH AUTOBYPASS FEATURE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A replaceable filter for a liquid filter cartridge system comprising a valve body having a fluid inlet passage and a fluid
outlet passage, a valve actuator having a fluid inlet passage and a fluid outlet passage, with the valve body and valve actuator
being relatively rotatable to control fluid flow through the valve body and the valve actuator by aligning and unaligning
the respective fluid inlet passages and fluid outlet passages, the replaceable filter comprising:
a cartridge defining an interior;
a filter body located within the interior;
a first end provided on the cartridge having an end face, a fluid inlet passage extending through the end face into the interior,
and a fluid outlet passage extending through the end face into the interior;

a rotational coupler provided on the first end rotationally coupling the cartridge with the valve actuator for co-rotation;
and

a face seal provided on the end face and arranged to abut the valve actuator when the cartridge is coupled with the valve
actuator;

wherein when the cartridge is coupled with the valve actuator for co-rotation, the face seal abuts the valve actuator to form
a seal between the first end and the valve actuator that fluidly seals the fluid inlet passage and the fluid outlet passage
of the first end.

US Pat. No. 9,453,297

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH A DYNAMIC BALANCER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dynamic balancer device for mounting to and balancing a rotatable wash basket in a laundry treating appliance comprising:
an enclosed annular housing having radial circumferential walls defining an enclosed annular race;
a plurality of floatable internal baffles in the enclosed annular race;
a plurality of locking tabs protruding into the enclosed annular race from a wall of the enclosed annular housing, each locking
tab corresponding to each internal baffle; and

a fluid disposed in the annular race and movable therein.

US Pat. No. 9,410,279

WASHING MACHINE WITH WATER STORAGE TANK

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A washing machine comprising:
a tub;
a drum rotatably mounted within the tub;
a storage tank having a flow connection to the tub via a feeding line;
a discharge pump;
a first valve selectively coupling the discharge pump to a drain or the storage tank;
a drain line fluidly coupling the first valve with the drain;
an overflow line fluidly coupling the storage tank to the drain; and
a second valve fluidly coupled with the drain line downstream of the first valve and with the overflow line downstream of
the storage tank, said second valve adapted to avoid mixing a flow of liquid between the drain line and the overflow line
during a washing machine cycle;

wherein the second valve is a four-port valve.

US Pat. No. 9,353,992

METHOD FOR DRYING CLOTHES IN A HOUSEHOLD DRYER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for drying clothes in a household dryer having a drying chamber, a temperature sensor for monitoring an air exhaust
temperature from the chamber, and a control system for maintaining a temperature in the drying chamber close to a set point
temperature by:
setting an air exhaust temperature set point to a first set point temperature value;
determining whether the air exhaust temperature satisfies a steady state condition; and
upon satisfaction of the steady state condition, setting the air exhaust temperature set point to a second set point temperature
value substantially equal to the current air exhaust temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,340,916

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance, comprising:
a cabinet defining an interior;
a tub located within the cabinet and having at least one socket;
a suspension system coupling the tub to the cabinet and comprising at least one suspension strut assembly comprising:
an elongated rod defining a longitudinal axis and extending between the tub and cabinet, with one end of the rod mounted to
the cabinet and another end of the rod passing through the socket, and the longitudinal axis oriented at an angle relative
to vertical;

a shock absorber, comprising:
a damper having a compressible portion located within a housing and wherein the damper is slidably mounted on the rod;
a spring having one end operably coupled to the rod and another end operably coupled to the damper; and
an end cap adjacent the damper and wherein the end cap forms an end of the shock absorber and the damper is located between
the end cap and the spring; and

a socket interface moveably mounted on the rod and having one end with a first surface abutting a second surface of the socket,
another end opposite the first surface and having a third surface abutting the end cap of the shock absorber, and a body of
the socket interface converging from the first surface to the third surface, which has a smaller area than the first surface,
and wherein during operation forces imparted by the socket onto the socket interface along an axis unaligned with the longitudinal
axis of the elongated rod are aligned by the socket interface to be with the longitudinal axis of the rod.

US Pat. No. 9,237,825

COOKING VESSEL FOR A COOKING AND MIXING APPLIANCE KIT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:
a housing including a plurality of walls defining a heating cavity;
a cooking vessel for insertion into the heating cavity, the cooking vessel including a first rounded end, a second rounded
end, and an intermediate necked portion that define first and second wells that at least partially intersect;

first and second distinct heater plates disposed in the first and second wells, respectively;
an arcuate dividing wall disposed in the heating cavity and removably engaged with the intermediate necked portion between
the first and second distinct heater plates, the arcuate dividing wall defining a circular cooking zone and a crescent cooking
zone, wherein the arcuate dividing wall includes a concave surface having a curvature similar to a curvature of the first
and second wells; and

a drive arm removably coupled to the housing and extending over the circular cooking zone, the drive arm including one of
a flipping wand and a stirring wand.

US Pat. No. 9,228,762

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM HAVING DUAL SUCTION PORT COMPRESSOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance cooling system configured so as to cool an insulated interior space of an appliance, the appliance cooling
system comprising:
a compressor;
a condenser that receives refrigerant flowing from the compressor;
an evaporator that receives refrigerant flowing from the condenser, the evaporator defining upstream and downstream portions,
and wherein refrigerant received from the condenser flows through the upstream portion of the evaporator, a first portion
of the refrigerant flowing to the compressor without passing through the downstream portion of the evaporator, a second portion
of the refrigerant from the upstream portion flowing through the downstream portion of the evaporator after passing through
the upstream portion of the evaporator, the second portion of the refrigerant flowing to the compressor after passing through
the downstream portion of the evaporator;

a refrigerant expander operably coupled to the condenser and the evaporator and permitting expansion of refrigerant flowing
from the condenser to the evaporator; and

a structure rigidly interconnecting the upstream and downstream portions of the evaporator so that the evaporator can be moved
as a unit and mounted to a refrigeration unit of the type that has an insulated interior space.

US Pat. No. 9,220,372

GLASS BOWL ASSEMBLY FOR BOWL LIFT MIXER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A bowl assembly for a stand mixer, the bowl assembly comprising:
an at least partially translucent container that includes a sidewall and a bottom wall, the container including an inner surface,
an outer surface, and an open upper edge;

a channel disposed on the outer surface substantially parallel with the open upper edge, the channel including upper and lower
circumferential walls and a channel wall that extends between the upper and lower circumferential walls;

a gasket that includes top and bottom sealing flanges and that is configured for reception in the channel;
an extruded tubular portion that extends from and is integral with the gasket, the extruded tubular portion being configured
to abut the channel wall;

a band assembly including at least one elongate band and a tensioning mechanism, wherein the band assembly is configured for
reception in the channel; and

first and second support members that extend substantially orthogonally from the at least one elongate band.

US Pat. No. 9,222,718

ICE COMPARTMENT ASSEMBLY FOR REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator made by the process of:
providing a cabinet having an interior space defined by top, bottom, left side, right side, and back walls;
molding a plastic liner into generally a box shape having top, bottom, left side, right side and back walls with an open front
while applying heat in a vacuum box;

moving a three dimensional plug relative to the plastic liner to deform the plastic liner and create an indented notch in
an upper corner of the box shape, wherein the indented notch extends from the back of the box shape proximate to the open
front of the box shape and further comprises:

(a) a bottom surface extending towards the interior space from either the left side wall of the box shape or the right side
wall of the box shape; and

(b) a side surface extending towards the interior space from the top wall of the box shape; removing the plug;
cooling the liner;
punching out an aperture at the front of the box shape in alignment with the indented notch;
fitting the molded plastic liner into an upper portion of the interior space of the cabinet;
inserting a sleeve through the punched out aperture and along the indented notch; and
foaming the sleeve in place.

US Pat. No. 9,212,442

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH CONTROLLED RECIPROCATING MOVEMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of treating laundry in a laundry treating appliance having a drum defining a treating chamber for receiving laundry,
the method comprising:
with a first motor directly coupled to the drum via a drive shaft, rotating the drum about a horizontal axis of rotation;
and

with an axial drive mechanism directly coupled to the drum via the drive shaft, reciprocating the drum axially along the horizontal
axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,212,444

AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL FOR A LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a laundry treating appliance comprising a treating chamber for receiving laundry to be treated according
to an automatic cycle of operation, hot and cold water supplies, and a supply conduit fluidly coupling the hot and cold water
supplies to the treating chamber through a chemistry dispenser, the method comprising:
alternating supplying of water from the hot and cold water supplies through the chemistry dispenser of the supply conduit
to the treating chamber to form a mixture of hot and cold water in the treating chamber, the mixture having a predetermined
set temperature;

sensing a temperature of the supply conduit upstream of the chemistry dispenser during the alternating supplying;
switching from the cold water supply to the hot water supply when the sensed temperature satisfies a low temperature limit
(LTL);

switching from the hot water supply to the cold water supply when the sensed temperature satisfies a high temperature limit
(HTL);

sensing an ambient air temperature; and
increasing the LTL and the HTL from respective pre-defined values when the sensed ambient air temperature exceeds a temperature
threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,198,556

METHOD OF DETERMINING A BLOCKED ROTATING SPRAY ARM IN A DISHWASHER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a dishwasher having a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber and at least one rotating
sprayer provided in the treating chamber, the method comprising:
spraying liquid from the rotating sprayer onto at least a portion of the tub to form a wetted portion of the tub;
repeatedly sensing a capacitance value of the wetted tub portion to define a capacitance dataset of multiple capacitance values;
determining a difference of capacitance values in the capacitance dataset;
determining a standstill condition of the rotating sprayer based on the determined difference; and
indicating the determination of the standstill condition.

US Pat. No. 9,179,554

APPLIANCE DISPLAYS HAVING MODULAR LIGHT GUIDES AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance display comprising:
a printed circuit board having a side-fire light emitting diode attached to a surface of the printed circuit board;
a frame having a plurality of heat stakes to operatively connect the printed circuit board to the frame; and
a light guide inserted into an opening defined in the frame, the light guide held in place in the opening,
wherein the light guide guides light emitted by the side-fire light emitting diode through the opening defined in the frame,
wherein the printed circuit board retains the light guide in the opening when the printed circuit board is heat staked to
the frame; and

wherein the light guide is formed from a material having a density that increases further away from an edge of the light guide
into which the side-fire light emitting diode emits light such that the light emitted through the opening by the light guide
is substantially uniform across the opening.

US Pat. No. 9,124,444

METHOD OF FACILITATING SERVICING AN APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of facilitating servicing an appliance, configured to perform a cycle of operation on a physical article, and
having a processor with control logic in communication with at least one observable component in the appliance to effect the
cycle of operation by way of a first software operating layer in a first operating state and an alternate logic for communication
with the at least one observable component in the appliance by way of a second software operating layer in a second operating
state, comprising:
establishing two way communication between the at least one observable component in the appliance and a remote client via
the alternate logic, wherein the control logic of the first software operating layer is rendered ineffective unless invoked
by way of the second software operating layer,

selecting on the remote client a diagnostic test having at least one command message and expected results,
transmitting the at least one command message from the remote client to the appliance,
executing the at least one command message by way of the second software operating layer in the second operating state either
by way of the control logic of the first software operating layer if invoked by the by way of the second software operating
layer or by way of the alternate logic of the second software operating layer and directly commanding the at least one observable
component in the second operating state independently of the first software operating layer,

observing on the remote client any state change in the at least one observable component based on the execution of the at
least one command message, and

comparing the expected results to the observation.

US Pat. No. 9,091,010

WASHER AND WASHER CONTROL WITH CYCLES FOR LAUNDRY ADDITIVES AND COLOR SAFE BLEACHES/IN-WASH STAIN REMOVERS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A control for an automatic washer to operate the washer through a dedicated wash cycle automatically selected based upon
a range of conditions of the fabric load to be washed,
the control having at least one of a control interface and an electronic input to permit the selection of one of a plurality
of stain type entrées stored in a memory of the control, each with a particular dedicated wash cycle also stored in the memory
of the control,

the control being operatively connected to chambers for at least two wash liquor additives, comprising a detergent and an
oxidizing agent, to provide dispensing control for selectively dispensing the detergent and the oxidizing agent during the
wash cycle,

the control being operatively connected to control the dedicated wash cycles, as automatically selected, using both the detergent
and the oxidizing agent, the dedicated wash cycles stored in the control memory being arranged to cause the dispensing of
the detergent and the oxidizing agent in different orders, in different amounts and at different times, depending on the stain
type selected.

US Pat. No. 9,080,806

ADJUSTABLE SHELF TO BE ACCOMODATED IN FREEZER COMPARTMENT TO IMPROVE COOLING PROCESS SPEED

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A fast freezing system comprising:
a compartment in which a food item can be placed; and
a fan configured to propel cold air toward the compartment,
wherein the compartment comprises an adjustable baffle adapted to change the cross section area of an air passage, and
wherein the adjustable baffle is an extendable telescopic wall adapted to slide on inclined guides in the compartment and
adapted to assume a stacked configuration adjacent the fan and an extended configuration which defines an air passage of decreasing
cross section area.

US Pat. No. 9,445,456

DUAL HEATING ELEMENT OF A COOKING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A cooking appliance comprising:
a cooktop including a plurality of separately controlled cooking areas;
a first heating element positioned below one of the plurality of separately controlled cooking areas, the first heating element
having a second winding formed from a first coiled wire and a first maximum power rating of approximately 300 Watts, wherein
the first heating element is configured to supply heat to the separately controlled cooking area;

a second heating element positioned non-concentrically with the first heating element, the second heating element having a
second winding formed from a second coiled wire and a second maximum power rating of approximately 1000 Watts, wherein the
second heating element is configured to supply heat to the separately controlled cooking area;

an infinite switch electrically coupled with the first heating element and the second heating element and operable to selectively
energize the first heating element and the second heating element to supply heat to the separately controlled cooking area,
wherein the infinite switch includes a first primary switch associated with the first heating element and a second primary
switch associated with the second heating element, and further wherein the infinite switch includes a secondary switch associated
with both the first and second heating elements and operable between open and closed positions; and

first and second electric lines electrically coupled to the infinite switch and configured to provide electric current to
the infinite switch, wherein electric current to the first and second heating elements is controlled by the infinite switch
through the first and second electric lines, wherein the first and second primary switches of the infinite switch are disposed
on the second electric line for selectively powering the first and second heating elements, and further wherein the secondary
switch is disposed on the first electric line for selectively powering the first and second heating elements in the closed
position and de-energizing the first and second heating elements in the open position, wherein a temperature provided by the
electric current of the first electric line determines the position of the secondary switch.

US Pat. No. 9,441,880

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE WITH BULKY ITEM DETECTION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for controlling an operation of a laundry treating appliance comprising a rotatable drum at least partially defining
a treating chamber for receiving laundry for treatment in accordance with a treating cycle of operation, the method comprising:
imaging the laundry within the treating chamber to generate image data; and
determining a presence of a bulky laundry item from the image data by processing the image data with computer software stored
on a controller.

US Pat. No. 9,383,133

ADJUSTABLE CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR CONNECTION TO A MODULAR APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An adjustable connector system for use in an appliance, the adjustable connector system comprising:
at least one access aperture on an interior surface of an appliance having an appliance door;
at least one utility enabled connector configured to supply at least fluid from the appliance to at least one modular appliance
and wherein the utility enabled connector is at least partially received in a channel and, wherein the utility enabled connector
comprises:

an elongated member configured to extend from the access aperture and configured to supply at least fluid from the appliance
to an interface; and

an interface adapted to supply at least fluid to the at least one modular appliance;
a storage area adjacent to the at least one access aperture, wherein at least a portion of the elongated member of the utility
enabled connector is configured to be retracted into the storage area through the at least one access aperture; and

wherein the interface is configured to be removably attached to one of a plurality of removable attachment locations on the
appliance door.

US Pat. No. 9,332,596

MICROWAVE OVEN

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A microwave oven, comprising:
an oven chamber;
a door hinged to the oven chamber movable between an open position and a closed position;
a component mounted in the microwave oven and having an elongated aperture;
at least one switch mounted to the component adjacent the elongated aperture, and configured to provide a door position signal
to a central process unit when activated;

a sliding cover element mounted adjacent the switch, and biased to a retracted position where the elongated aperture is covered
to protect the switch in the open position of the door; and

a protruding element on the door positioned to engage and move the sliding cover element as the door is moved to the closed
position in order to make the switch accessible for activation.

US Pat. No. 9,327,216

CUSTOMIZABLE MULTI-STAGE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A customizable multi-stage water treatment system comprising:
a base cartridge having a first end, a second end, and a sidewall extending between the first and second ends and surrounding
a base interior volume, wherein a base treatment medium is spaced within the base interior volume;

a first variable cartridge configured to be removably engaged by hand with the base cartridge without the use of tools, wherein
the first variable cartridge includes a first coupler end engaged with the second end of the base cartridge, a first receiver
end, and a first wall extending between the first coupler and first receiver ends and surrounding a first interior volume,
and wherein a first treatment medium is spaced within the first interior volume;

an second variable cartridge configured to be removably engaged by hand with the first variable cartridge without the use
of tools, wherein the second variable cartridge includes a second coupler end engaged with the first receiver end of the first
variable cartridge, a second receiver end, and a second wall extending between the second coupler and second receiver ends
and surrounding a second interior volume, wherein a second treatment medium is spaced within the second interior volume;

a connector coupled with the first end of the base cartridge and having an inlet for receiving an intake water from a water
source and an outlet for dispensing a treated water to a user, wherein the connector is devoid of treatment medium, and wherein
the base, first variable, and second variable cartridges together are configured to receive the intake water, to bring the
intake water into operative contact with the base, first, and second treatment mediums, and to change the intake water to
the treated water;

a keyed mating arrangement that is disposed on the connector, the base cartridge, first variable cartridge, and second variable
cartridge and is configured to prohibit the base cartridge from matingly engaging in a fluid tight manner with the second
variable cartridge and prohibit the connector from matingly engaging in a fluid tight manner with the first and second variable
cartridges; and

a channel positioned within and extending between the connector and the second variable cartridge and also within the sidewall
of the base cartridge, the first wall of the first variable cartridge, and the second wall of the second variable cartridge,
wherein the channel is configured to transport water between the inlet of the connector and the second treatment medium of
the second variable cartridge, and wherein a closed circuit for fluid travel is defined consecutively by the connector, the
channel, the second treatment medium, the first treatment medium, the base treatment medium, and the connector.

US Pat. No. 9,307,888

SYSTEM FOR CHARGING A POWER SUPPLY IN A CLOSURE ELEMENT OF A HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher configured to execute at least one automatic cycle of operation for treating utensils, the dishwasher comprising:
a tub with an open face for receiving utensils for treatment and at least partially defining an upper treating chamber and
a lower treating chamber, wherein the upper treating chamber and the lower treating chamber are separated by a partition;

a utensil rack slidably coupled to the tub;
a door movable between opened and closed conditions to selectively close the open face and having a first part hingedly mounted
to the dishwasher for pivotal movement relative to the open face and a second part selectively coupled to one of the first
part and the utensil rack;

a user interface non-removably mounted to the door;
a rechargeable power supply operably coupled to the user interface;
a power charger remote from the door selectively providing power to the rechargeable power supply; and
wherein the door is operable in one of a door mode, where the second part is connected to the first part and the second part
pivotally moves with the first part to selectively open and close the open face, and a drawer mode, where the second part
is coupled to the utensil rack and second part can be pulled or pushed to slidably move the utensil rack.

US Pat. No. 9,303,911

ICE MAKER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An ice making appliance comprising: a fluid supply inlet; a fluid reservoir, the fluid reservoir is configured to receive
a fluid from the fluid supply inlet; a cooling plate, the cooling plate is in fluid communication with the fluid reservoir;
a refrigeration device in thermal contact with the cooling plate, the refrigeration device configured to freeze a predetermined
amount of fluid to form a section of ice; a cutter grid configured adjacent the cooling plate to divide the section of ice,
wherein at least a portion of the ice produces an excess fluid; an ice storage area in communication with the cutter grid,
with the storage area having at least one vertical wall; a fluid diverter configured adjacent the cutter grid, the diverter
configured to direct the excess fluid toward the at least one vertical wall; and a cutter grid cover configured adjacent the
cutter grid, wherein the cutter grid cover includes the fluid diverter.

US Pat. No. 9,222,723

FOLDABLE RACK FOR A REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet;
a liner disposed within the cabinet and defining an interior fresh food compartment;
a shelf mounted within the fresh food compartment;
a wine rack rotatably mounted within the fresh food compartment, the wine rack comprising:
a substantially planar plate having a first end and a second end with at least one aperture sized to receive a neck portion
of a bottle to hold the bottle substantially horizontally in a cantilever fashion; and

a pair of attachment elements disposed on the first end and the second end of the substantially planar plate to support the
substantially planar plate and configured to secure the substantially planar plate to the refrigerator, wherein the pair of
attachment elements is configured to allow the substantially planar plate to rotate between a first position, where the wine
rack is stowed beneath the shelf, and a second position, where the wine rack is capable of holding a bottle with a neck portion
of the bottle being received in the at least one aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,181,737

OVEN DOOR OPENING MAGNETIC HINGE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A hinge for rotatably coupling an appliance door with an appliance body, comprising:
an input arm affixable with the body;
a housing affixable within the door and coupled with the input arm so as to be rotatable through a range of motion between
a closed position and an open position;

a spring engaged between the housing and the input arm and deformable to apply a balancing torque to the housing relative
to the input arm;

a first magnet fixed relative to the housing;
a second magnet movably received within the housing and operatively coupled with the input arm so as to be positioned adjacent
the first magnet when the housing is in the closed position and moved away from the first magnet by rotation of the housing
with respect to the input arm from the closed position toward the open position;

wherein a mutual attraction between the first and second magnets applies a closing torque to the housing relative to the input
arm when the housing is within about 25 degrees from the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,115,456

METHOD FOR DETECTING SATELLIZATION SPEED OF CLOTHES LOAD IN A HORIZONTAL AXIS LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a laundry treating appliance having a rotatable drum defining a treating chamber for receiving a
laundry load for treatment, and a motor for rotating the treating chamber, the method comprising:
accelerating the rotational speed of the treating chamber from a non-satellizing speed to a satellizing speed by increasing
the rotational speed of the motor;

generating a first torque signal indicative of the motor torque over time for at least a portion of the accelerating;
comparing the shape of the first torque signal to the shape of a second torque signal indicative of rotating the treating
chamber when the laundry load is satellized within the treating chamber; and

determining the laundry load is satellized when the shape of the first torque signal matches the shape of the second torque
signal.

US Pat. No. 9,103,569

HIGHER EFFICIENCY APPLIANCE EMPLOYING THERMAL LOAD SHIFTING IN REFRIGERATORS HAVING VERTICAL MULLION

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

26. A method for improving the efficiency of an appliance comprising the steps of:
providing an appliance that comprises:
a cabinet having an internal volume that includes a first compartment having an internal volume spaced within the cabinet
and a second compartment having an internal volume spaced within the cabinet wherein the first and second compartments are
separated by a vertically oriented mullion to form the first compartment and the second compartment within the cabinet and
wherein each compartment has at least one access door that only accesses that compartment and the overall cabinet has a substantially
steady state total heat gain and the first compartment has a first compartment steady state heat gain;

a coolant system comprising: a single compressor operably connected to at least one evaporator where the single compressor
is the only compressor associated with the appliance for regulating a temperature of the first compartment and a temperature
of the second compartment;

a shared coolant fluid connection system that interconnects at least the single compressor and at least one evaporator;
a coolant fluid spaced within the shared coolant fluid connection system used to regulate both the temperature of the first
compartment and the second compartment; and

wherein the compressor provides the shared coolant at at least two different pressures to at least one evaporator using the
shared coolant fluid connection circuit; and

shifting the overall thermal load of the appliance such that at least 50% of the total steady state heat gain of the overall
cabinet is gained by the refrigeration compartment and thereby increasing the overall coefficient of performance of the appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,129,936

MICROWAVE HEATING APPARATUS WITH DUAL LEVEL CAVITY

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A microwave heating apparatus comprising:a cavity dividable into at least a first compartment for heating a first meal in the first compartment and a second compartment for heating a second meal in the second compartment, each of the first and second compartments having selectable dimensions, and having a set of divider holding means configured to receive and position a divider at different heights in the cavity;
a first microwave generator and a pair of first feeding ports coupled to the first microwave generator to feed a first mode field in the first compartment of said cavity; and
a second microwave generator operable independently from the first microwave generator and a pair of second feeding ports coupled to the second microwave generator to feed a second mode field in the second compartment of said cavity;
wherein the microwave heating apparatus is operable to feed the cavity with the first mode field from the first microwave generator, the second mode field from the second microwave generator, and both the first mode field from the first microwave generator and the second mode field from the second microwave generator simultaneously;
wherein when the cavity is divided the heating apparatus is configured to independently heat the first meal from the first mode field and the second meal from the second mode field, and when the cavity is divided, at least one of the divider holding means or divider attenuates transmission of the first mode field to the second compartment and the second mode field to the first compartment; and
wherein the pair of first feeding ports and the pair of second feeding ports are arranged such that the first and second mode fields provide complementary heating patterns in the cavity when the cavity is undivided.

US Pat. No. 9,499,963

UNDER-SINK WASTE PROCESSING APPLIANCE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method for processing organic waste from a sink, comprising:
advancing organic waste through a drain of the sink and into a waste separator positioned below the kitchen,
providing the waste separator with a composting aid,
operating a motor-driven cutter positioned in the waste separator to generate pulp and a separated liquid from the organic
waste,

advancing the pulp from the waste separator to a dryer,
draining the separated liquid from the waste separator to a drain via a fluid path which bypasses the dryer, and
heating the pulp in the dryer to form a dried solid waste.

US Pat. No. 9,429,351

DEMAND AIR DOOR HEATER FOR REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigeration system, comprising:
a freezer compartment;
a refrigerator compartment;
a powered cooling unit that reduces a temperature of air in the freezer compartment;
a passageway fluidly interconnecting the freezer compartment and the refrigerator compartment;
a first sealing surface extending around at least a portion of the passageway;
a barrier member that closes off the passageway when in a closed position to thereby prevent air flow from the freezer compartment
to the refrigerator compartment, and wherein the barrier member permits air flow from the freezer compartment to the refrigerator
compartment when in an open position, and wherein the barrier member defines a surface that faces the passageway when the
barrier member is in its closed position, and a second sealing surface extending around the barrier member surface, wherein
the first and second sealing surfaces engage one another to prevent air flow past the barrier member when the barrier member
is in the closed position;

an electrically powered actuator that is mechanically connected to the barrier member and shifts the barrier member from the
closed position to the open position;

an electric heating element extending along one of the first and second sealing surfaces;
a controller that utilizes at least one operating parameter of the refrigeration system as an input to control the electrically
powered actuator and the electric heating element, wherein when the barrier is to be opened or closed, the controller activates
the powered actuator and the electric heating element simultaneously until the barrier is opened or closed.

US Pat. No. 9,316,427

DIRECT CONTACT ICEMAKER WITH CHAMBERED AIR COOLING SYSTEM

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator, comprising:
a refrigerator cabinet;
a fresh food compartment disposed within the refrigerator cabinet;
at least one door providing access to the fresh food compartment;
a direct contact ice maker in the refrigerator cabinet for making ice comprising an ice mold and a water supply;
a cooling loop having a portion in contact with the ice mold, the cooling loop comprising a conduit for fluidly transporting
a cooling medium;

an ice storage container adjacent to the ice maker; and
an airflow chamber positioned on the cooling loop adjacent the ice maker along the same path of the cooling medium, the airflow
chamber including a channel for air to pass through in contact with the cooling loop to cool the air via the cooling medium
as the cooling medium travels towards the ice maker and before the cooling medium reaches the ice maker, and a fan assembly
operably associated with the airflow chamber such that the fan assembly directs cooled air via a supply duct from the airflow
chamber to the ice storage container; and a return duct extending from the ice storage container to a first end of the airflow
chamber to return air from the ice storage container to the airflow chamber

wherein the medium of the conduit of the cooling loop is used to cool the air in the airflow chamber and to contact the ice
mold in a single pass through cooling loop;

wherein the cooling medium passes from at least a portion of the airflow chamber to the ice mold; and
wherein the channel of the airflow chamber includes a plurality of offset protrusions to pass the air over a larger surface
area of the cooling loop to remove heat from the air.

US Pat. No. 9,310,124

MODULAR BUCKET AND DOOR ARCHITECTURE TO DELIVER THREE ICE FUNCTIONS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An appliance comprising:
a module-receiving cavity disposed in the appliance;
an ice manipulation module disposed in the module-receiving cavity and configured to be alternatively connected with and removed
from the module receiving cavity;

at least one ice modification member disposed inside and attached to the ice manipulation module, wherein each at least one
ice modification member is stationary with respect to a base of the ice manipulation module;

a motor operably connected with the ice manipulation module and including an output shaft extending into the ice manipulation
module;

an impeller connected with the output shaft proximate to the at least one ice modification member, the impeller being operable
between a first directional rotation defining a first functional condition being at least one of ice dispensing, ice crushing
and ice shaving, and a second directional rotation defining a second functional condition being at least one other of ice
dispensing, ice crushing and ice shaving, wherein the impeller includes a single outwardly extending member, and wherein the
single outwardly extending member is operated to perform the first and second functional conditions; and

an ice chute proximate the ice modification member for dispensing ice, wherein when the first and second functional conditions
are ice crushing and ice shaving, the single outwardly extending member is operable to further perform ice dispensing through
the ice chute.

US Pat. No. 9,307,885

ROTATING FILTER ASSEMBLY FOR A DISHWASHER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A dishwasher comprising:
a tub at least partially defining a treating chamber;
a liquid spraying system supplying a spray of liquid to the treating chamber;
a recirculation pump and filter assembly having a recirculation pump comprising an impeller and a filter housing having an
inlet fluidly coupled to the tub and an outlet fluidly coupled to the liquid spraying system via the impeller of the recirculation
pump to recirculate liquid from the tub to the treating chamber;

a planar disc-shaped filter mounted to the impeller for co-rotation with the impeller and located within the filter housing
between the inlet and the outlet and completely fluidly separating the inlet from the outlet such that liquid flowing from
the inlet to the outlet must pass through the rotating planar disc-shaped filter from an upstream surface to a downstream
surface such that fluid on an upstream side of the planar disc-shaped filter defines a first part that contains filtered soil
particles and a downstream side of the planar disc-shaped filter defines a second part that excludes filtered soil particles;
and

a first flow diverter spaced from the upstream surface to induce soil outward away from a center of the planar disc-shaped
filter and towards a periphery of the planar disc-shaped filter, the first flow diverter having a scooped portion facing the
upstream surface and the scooped portion lifts soil particles larger than the space between the upstream surface and the first
flow diverter away from the upstream surface to effect a cleaning of the upstream surface;

wherein liquid passing between the first flow diverter and the upstream surface applies a greater shear force on the upstream
surface than liquid in an absence of the first flow diverter.

US Pat. No. 9,228,776

REFRIGERATOR PANTRY COMPARTMENT

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a first upper compartment with opposite side walls selectively coverable by a first door and a second lower refrigerated fresh
food compartment with opposite side walls selectively coverable by a second door;

a mullion between the first and second compartments and having a top, a bottom, and a front towards the first and second doors;
a storage compartment mountable in and located towards the front of the mullion and generally extending between the side walls
of the first upper and second lower compartments, the storage compartment having a bottom wall with generally upstanding side
walls;

wherein the storage compartment is separated from the first upper compartment by a selectively closeable lid;
wherein the bottom wall of the storage compartment comprises an internal top wall of the second lower refrigerated compartment.

US Pat. No. 9,115,452

LAUNDRY TREATING APPLIANCE IMPELLER

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A laundry treating appliance configured to treat a laundry load according to a cycle of operation with a low level of treating
liquid, the appliance comprising:
a drum at least partially defining a treating chamber and having an open top and a longitudinal axis; and
an impeller mounted within the drum for reciprocal rotation about an axis generally coincident with the longitudinal axis
of the drum and comprising:

a raised center;
a bottom plate located below the raised center and extending radially outward from the raised center and terminating in an
outer periphery;

a transition region between the bottom plate and the raised center;
a center post extending upward from the raised center and having a height sufficient to prevent placement and migration of
laundry items over the raised center; and

a plurality of radial protrusions extending along the raised center, the bottom plate, and the transition region, each protrusion
having an upper section projecting generally perpendicular from the raised center and the transition region, and a lower section
projecting upward from the bottom plate, with the lower section increasing in width toward the outer periphery when viewed
from above the bottom plate along the longitudinal axis of the drum;

wherein the center post, the protrusions and the bottom plate are configured such that during the cycle of operation, when
the level of the treating liquid does not exceed the height of the bottom plate, the reciprocal rotation of the impeller generates
a frictional interaction between the laundry items and the protrusions to drag the laundry in contact with the protrusions
radially inward toward the raised center and induce an inverse toroidal movement of the laundry.

US Pat. No. 9,470,448

APPARATUS TO WARM PLASTIC SIDE OF MOLD

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. An ice producing mold apparatus comprising:
a first mold portion having a top surface and at least one perimeter sidewall extending downwardly therefrom and a second
mold portion having a bottom surface and at least one perimeter sidewall extending upwardly therefrom, wherein the first mold
portion is operably coupled to the second mold portion such that the mold apparatus is operable between an open position wherein
a bottom surface of the first mold portion is spaced apart from a top surface of the second mold portion, and a closed position
wherein the bottom surface of the first mold portion abuts the top surface of the second mold portion;

a concave depression disposed on the bottom surface of the first mold portion, and a reciprocal concave depression disposed
on the top surface of the second mold portion, wherein the concave depression of the first mold portion and the reciprocal
concave depression of the second mold portion engage each other when the mold apparatus is in the closed position to define
a mold cavity adapted to form one or more ice structures;

an inlet disposed on the first mold portion, wherein the inlet is adapted to provide liquid ingress into the mold cavity to
provide the liquid being frozen into the one or more ice structures in the mold cavity;

a liquid circulating manifold water jacket disposed within the first mold portion adjacent to the concave depression of the
first mold portion, and in fluid communication with a manifold inlet, wherein the liquid circulating manifold is configured
to circulate liquid within a body portion of the first mold portion but not within the concave depression of the first mold
portion in order to create a thermal conductivity level associated with the second mold portion;

a cooling member at the bottom of the second mold portion, the cooling member being configured to freeze the liquid in the
mold cavity into the one or more ice structures; and

wherein the liquid circulating manifold is further configured to receive a warm liquid medium which is warm enough to break
a bond between the first mold portion and the one or more ice structures produced in the mold cavity, and to heat the first
mold portion to release the one or more ice structures from the mold apparatus in the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,451,867

DISHWASHER AND OZONE GENERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A method of operating a dishwasher having a treating chamber, a recirculating system for recirculating liquid for treating
dishes in the treating chamber, and an ozone generator having a proton exchange membrane (PEM) for generating ozone, the method
comprising:
during a sanitizing rinse, introducing ozonated liquid into the treating chamber by passing liquid through the PEM to generate
the ozonated liquid and then providing the ozonated liquid into the treating chamber; and

back flushing the PEM to clean the PEM by reversing a direction of liquid passing through the PEM during the introduction
of the ozonated liquid into the treating chamber during the sanitizing rinse.

US Pat. No. 9,347,702

HANDLE ASSEMBLY FOR A REFRIGERATOR

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A refrigerator comprising:
a cabinet;
a door mounted for movement relative to the cabinet, said door having a front face portion and a side edge;
a handle for shifting the door relative to the cabinet, said handle including;
a main body member comprising first and second hollow end portions joined by an intermediate portion and first and second
access holes positioned at the first and second hollow end portions;

a first end insert including a main body portion having a first section including a base member receiving portion positioned
at the first end portion of the main body member;

a first attachment member secured to the first end insert;
a second end insert including a main body portion having a first section including a base member receiving portion positioned
at the second end portion of the main body member; and

a second attachment member secured to the second end insert; and
first and second base members secured at spaced locations upon the front face portion of the door, said first and second base
members interengaging with respective ones of the first and second attachment members to secure the handle to the door.

US Pat. No. 9,332,597

VERSATILE MICROWAVE HEATING APPARATUS

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A microwave heating apparatus comprising:
a cavity arranged to receive a piece of food to be heated;
a first microwave supply system configured to supply microwaves at the cavity bottom for energizing a browning function in
the cavity, wherein the first microwave supply system comprises at least one microwave source, a browning plate, and at least
one antenna arranged in a lower part of the cavity to energize the browning plate;

a second microwave supply system configured to supply microwaves into the cavity for exciting cavity modes, wherein the second
microwave supply system comprises at least one microwave source and at least one feeding port arranged in an upper part of
the cavity; and

a control unit configured to individually and separately control the frequency, phase and power of the first and second microwave
supply systems and allowing either or both the first and second microwave supply systems to be activated based on one of a
food category or a cooking program.