Ice maker for an appliance

  • US 10,274,237 B2
  • Filed: 01/31/2017
  • Issued: 04/30/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2017
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An appliance, comprising:

  • a cabinet;

    an ice maker disposed within the cabinet, the ice maker comprisinga tub;

    a plurality of fingers extending into the tub;

    a manifold having a plurality of outlets, the plurality of outlets positioned below the plurality of fingers within the tub;

    a reservoir;

    a multi-speed pump operable to flow liquid water from the reservoir to the manifold such that the liquid water exits the manifold at each outlet of the plurality of outlets and flows upwardly towards the plurality of fingers; and

    a controller in operative communication with the multi-speed pump, the controller configured for changing a speed of the multi-speed pump during an ice making cycle of the ice maker, a height of liquid water within the tub varying as a function of the speed of the multi-speed pump during the ice making cycle of the ice maker,wherein the multi-speed pump is selectively operable at either of a first speed and a second speed, a surface of liquid water within the tub touching a tip of each finger of the plurality of finger when the multi-speed pump operates at the first speed, the tip of each finger of the plurality of fingers submerged by the liquid water within the tub when the multi-speed pump operates at the second speed.

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