Patent Number: 8,794,026

Title: Secondary cooling apparatus and method for a refrigerator

Abstract: The present invention provides a secondary cooling apparatus and method of providing cooling to one or more features in a refrigerator. In one exemplary aspect of the present invention, the refrigerator includes a cabinet having a door, a first cooling loop in the cabinet, and a second cooling loop cooled by the first cooling loop. The secondary cooling loop is adapted to cool the one or more features in the cabinet or on the door of the refrigerator. In another exemplary aspect of the present invention, a method for providing cooling in a refrigerator to one or more features in a compartment or on a door of the refrigerator includes providing a first cooling loop within a refrigerator, cooling a secondary cooling loop directly or indirectly with the first cooling loop, and transferring cooling from the secondary cooling loop to the one or more features in the compartment or on the door of the refrigerator.

Inventors: Kuehl; Steven John (Stevensville, MI), Leclear; Douglas D. (Benton Harbor, MI), Bortoletto; Anderson (Saint Joseph, MI)

Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation

International Classification: F25D 17/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018