Patent Number: 8,575,501

Title: Household appliance having a user interface with a user-exchangeable touch wheel and rotary encoder

Abstract: A household appliance having a touch user interface that includes a touch panel with a touch area and a printed circuit board with a capacitive touch switch trace and wherein the printed circuit board is mounted to the touch panel such that the capacitive touch switch trace is aligned with the touch area.

Inventors: Schuh; Eric J. (Stevensville, MI)

Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation

International Classification: H01H 19/00 (20060101); H01H 19/11 (20060101); H01H 19/58 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017