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1. (WO2018164661) APPLIANCE MACHINE COMPARTMENT AIRFLOW SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/164661    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/020922
Publication Date: Fri Sep 14 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Mar 07 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: F25D 19/00
F25B 39/04
Applicants: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
Inventors: GOMES, Alberto R.
HUNTER, Lynne F.
MARINELLO, Giulia
PATHAK, Sanjesh Kumar
Title: APPLIANCE MACHINE COMPARTMENT AIRFLOW SYSTEM
Abstract:
A refrigerator is provided herein that includes a cabinet defining a refrigerated compartment and a machine compartment. A compressor is disposed within the machine compartment and adapted to compress a refrigerant within a refrigerant line. A heat exchanger is positioned in communication with the compressor and is adapted to reject heat from a refrigerant into the machine compartment. A fan is disposed between the heat exchanger and compressor. The fan is adapted to draw air from an area adjacent the machine compartment and through the heat exchanger. A funnel is disposed between the heat exchanger and the fan and directs air toward the fan. A tunnel is disposed between the fan and the compressor and directs forced air from the fan toward the compressor.