US Patent No. 10,655,268

LAUNDRY TREATMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME


Patent No. 10,655,268
Issue Date May 19, 2020
Title Laundry Treatment Apparatus And Method Of Controlling The Same
Inventorship Jonegseok Jung, Seoul (KR)
Hyunsang Kim, Seoul (KR)
Assignee LG Electronics Inc., Seoul (KR)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,655,268

1. A laundry treatment apparatus comprising:a cabinet defining an external appearance of the laundry treatment apparatus;
a tub configured to hold water and having an introduction port at a top of the tub through which an interior of the tub is accessible;
a drum rotatably provided in the tub and configured to receive laundry, a width of the drum being greater than a height of the drum;
a tub door configured to open and close the introduction port of the tub, the tub being substantially sealed based on the tub door closing the introduction port;
an agitation unit that protrudes upward from a center part of a bottom surface of the drum and that is configured to agitate water and laundry in the drum in a state in which the drum rotates;
a heater configured to heat water in the tub;
a water supply pipe configured to supply cold water to the tub;
a water supply valve configured to control a flow through the water supply pipe; and
at least one processor configured to, in a state in which the introduction port is closed by the tub door, control the water supply valve and the heater by:
controlling the heater to heat a first amount of water in the tub to a first temperature; and
intermittently controlling the water supply valve to additionally and intermittently supply, to the first amount of water that was heated to the first temperature by the heater, incremental amounts of water into the tub to reduce a difference in pressure between inside and outside of the tub.