Household cleaning appliance with a dispensing system operable between a single use dispensing system and a bulk dispensing system

  • US 9,481,959 B2
  • Filed: 02/21/2014
  • Issued: 11/01/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/01/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A household cleaning appliance configured to execute a cleaning cycle having at least one of non-bulk and bulk dispensing, comprising:

  • a cabinet defining an interior;

    a treating chamber located within the interior for receiving an article for cleaning;

    a non-bulk dispensing system having a dispensing chamber fluidly coupled to the treating chamber, wherein the dispensing chamber stores a single dose of treating chemistry that the dispensing system dispenses to the treating chamber as part of the execution of the cleaning cycle;

    a bulk dispensing cartridge configured to be received within the dispensing chamber and to store multiple doses of a treating chemistry;

    a treating chemistry meter coupled with the bulk dispensing cartridge and the dispensing system, the treating chemistry meter operable to control the dosing of the treating chemistry from the bulk dispensing cartridge to the dispensing system;

    a water diverter configured to divert a flow of water to the dispensing chamber or to bypass the dispensing chamber; and

    a controller configured to implement the cleaning cycle and operably coupled to the treating chemistry meter and the water diverter to;

    divert the flow of water to the dispensing chamber for non-bulk dispensing in the cleaning cycle; and

    control the dosing of the treating chemistry from the bulk dispensing cartridge to the dispensing system and divert the flow of water to bypass the dispensing chamber for bulk dispensing in the cleaning cycle.

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