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US 20130293081A1 (19) United States (12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. N0.: US 2013/0293081 A1 ALLARD (43) Pub. Date: NOV. 7, 2013 (54) CABINET GASKET FOR REFRIGERATOR (52) US. Cl. USPC ........................................... .. 312/405; 29/428 (75) Inventor: PAUL B. ALLARD, Stevensville, MI (US) (73) Assignee: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION, (57) ABSTRACT BENTON HARBOR, Ml (U S) (21) APP1~ NOJ 13/462,870 A cabinet gasket is disposed between the cabinet wrapper and _ _ cabinet liner in a refrigerator. The cabinet gasket helps reduce (22) Flled' May 3’ 2012 thermal conductivity between the cabinet wrapper/mullion Publication Classi?cation and the cabinet liner and refrigerator compartments. The cabinet gasket includes a relatively rigid portion disposed (51) Int_ CL between the wrapper/mullion and the cabinet liner. The cabi F 25D 23/08 (200601) net gasket also includes a relatively ?exible portion that cov F 25D 23/02 (2006.01) ers the portion of the wrapper/mullion exposed to the interior B23P 19/04 (2006.01) of the refrigerator compartments. / 2 18 LB 31 3“ 12 22 21. 23 31 65 20 _ 31+ \/ / 38 38 m 8_ 1+8 65 20 \ 36 31 13 26 26 13
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US 2013/0293081A1 CABINET GASKET FOR REFRIGERATOR STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention Was made With government support under Award No. DE-EE0003910, awarded by the US. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention. BACKGROUND OF THE PRESENT INVENTION [0002] The present invention generally relates to a cabinet gasket that is disposed betWeen the cabinet Wrapper and cabi net liner in a refrigerator, and more speci?cally, to a cabinet gasket that helps reduce thermal conductivity betWeen the cabinet Wrapper, cabinet liner, and refrigerator compartment. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION [0003] In one aspect of the present invention, a refrigerator includes a cabinet having one or more doors, a cabinet liner de?ning one or more compartments, and a cabinet Wrapper. A cabinet gasket is located betWeen the cabinet Wrapper and cabinet liner. The cabinet gasket includes a relatively rigid portion that is located betWeen the cabinet Wrapper and cabi net liner and a relatively ?exible portion that covers a portion of the cabinet Wrapper. [0004] In another aspect of the present invention, a refrig erator includes a cabinet having one or more doors. A cabinet liner de?nes one or more compartments Within the refrigera tor. A cabinet Wrapper and a mullion overlap the portions of the cabinet liner that Would otherWise be exposed When the door is closed. A cabinet gasket is located betWeen the cabinet liner and the cabinet Wrapper and mullion, With a relatively ?exible portion of the cabinet gasket also covering a portion of the Wrapper and mullion.
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