Refrigerator appliance

  • US 10,502,477 B2
  • Filed: 07/28/2014
  • Issued: 12/10/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/28/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A refrigerator appliance, comprising:

  • a cabinet defining a fresh food chamber and a freezer chamber, the cabinet having a first sidewall and a second sidewall;

    a shelf support positioned within the fresh food chamber along the first sidewall, the shelf support having a shelf interior that is defined by, and enclosed within, the shelf support and the first sidewall;

    a door rotatably hinged to the cabinet for accessing the fresh food chamber, the door comprising an inner surface and an outer surface and rotatable between an open position and a closed position, the door further defining an ice box;

    an ice maker disposed within the ice box;

    a container defining a storage volume for receipt of ice produced by the ice maker; and

    a drain assembly for draining melt water from the container, the drain assembly comprising;

    a male connector mounted to the door for flowing melt water therethrough;

    a first duct providing fluid communication between the container and the male connector;

    a female connector mounted within the fresh food chamber for flowing melt water therethrough from the male connector; and

    a second duct providing fluid communication from the female connector, wherein at least a portion of the second duct extends through the shelf interior between the shelf support and the first sidewall,wherein the male connector comprises a check valve comprising a housing and a valve stem,wherein the female connector comprises a receiver cup attached to the first sidewall, andwherein, in the closed position, the housing is received within the receiver cup.

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