EP0022911B1 - Washing machine provided with a device for preventing backflow of water - Google Patents

Washing machine provided with a device for preventing backflow of water Download PDF

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EP0022911B1
EP0022911B1 EP80102829A EP80102829A EP0022911B1 EP 0022911 B1 EP0022911 B1 EP 0022911B1 EP 80102829 A EP80102829 A EP 80102829A EP 80102829 A EP80102829 A EP 80102829A EP 0022911 B1 EP0022911 B1 EP 0022911B1
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Livio Furlan
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47L15/00Washing or rinsing machines for crockery or tableware
    • A47L15/42Details
    • A47L15/421Safety arrangements for preventing water damage
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47LDOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47L15/00Washing or rinsing machines for crockery or tableware
    • A47L15/42Details
    • A47L15/4214Water supply, recirculation or discharge arrangements; Devices therefor
    • A47L15/4217Fittings for water supply, e.g. valves or plumbing means to connect to cold or warm water lines, aquastops

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  • This invention relates to a washing machine provided with a device for preventing backflow of water, comprising firstly a water supply tube including a supply pressure relief means communicating with the atmosphere at a level above the static water level within the water tub and entering said water tub, a part of said water supply tube being below the dynamic water level and said water supply tube comprising a water supply nozzle extending in an upward direction and interiorly of said water tub and secondly a decalcifier device, provided in said water supply tube between said supply pressure relief means and said water supply nozzle.
  • Such a washing machine in the form of a dishwasher is disclosed in the French Utility Model 2,298,252. Within the tub of this known washing machine the water supply nozzle extends in an upward direction beyond the highest water level within the tub under static conditions, i.e., with the water circulation pump inoperative. This is absolutely necessary for preventing backflow of the contaminated washing water into the water supply tube with the resulting contamination particularly of the resin charge of the decalcifier device.
  • According to said publication the water supply nozzle may be surmounted by a deflector for preventing the decalcified water from contacting corrosion-prone portions of the tub, and is normally integral with the water collecting well of the machine, from which it extends upwards to a level as indicated above. During storage, transport and mounting of the collection well, the supply nozzle is easily damaged, as it is a rather fragile element usually made of plastics.
  • A washing machine disclosed in DE-A-2,710,364 comprises a water supply circuit including a supply tube downstream of the decalcifier device, which supply tube enters the bottom of the tub of the washing machine and extends in an upward direction beyond the highest water level within the tub under static conditions.
  • The invention as characterized by the claims solves the problem to provide a washing maching of the above-defined type, in which the water supply nozzle, while being integral with the bottom of the tub or rigidly affixed thereto, does not project thereabove, while still being capable of preventing any undesired backflow of contaminated water into the water supply circuit.
  • The novel features and advantages of the invention will become more evident from the following description of an illustrative embodiment, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, the single figure shows a diagrammatic cross-sectional view of the principal elements of the water supply circuit of a washing machine according to the invention.
  • With reference to the drawing, the washing machine according to the invention is preferably a dishwashing machine having a washing tub 1 to the bottom of which a water collecting well 2 is attached in a sealing manner. Water is supplied to the machine in a per se known manner from a tap 3 via a supply pressure relief device 4 communicating with the atmosphere and forming part of a water supply circuit exterior of the washing tub 1. The supply circuit further includes a supply conduit 5, 5' and a decalcifier device 6 inserted therein. The conduit portion or tube 5 extends to a point above the static water level A within tub 1, i.e. the water level attained with the circulation pump (not shown) inoperative, and to a point below the dynamic water level B attained during operation of the circulation pump. The downstream end of conduit portion 5' is connected to a water supply nozzle 7 sealingly penetrating the wall of collecting well 2 and preferably formed integral therewith of a plastics material. Within well 2, nozzle 7 extends in an upward direction, with its upper outlet opening 8 being located at a level C below the above defined static level A, and preferably below a mechanical filter 9 provided in the machine. The upper end portion of nozzle 7 projects into an inverted cup-shaped element 10 preferably formed integral with mechanical filter 9, the opening of which is located at a level D above the above defined dynamic water level B within tub 1.
  • The supply nozzle 7 and the inverted cup-shaped element 10 are dimensioned such that the interior wall surface of element 10 and the exterior surface of the end portion of supply nozzle 7 together define an annular space (depicted in the drawing by the cross-hatched area between levels C and D) the volume of which is at least equal to the volume (also indicated by cross-hatching) of supply tube 5 between the static water level A and the level C of the outlet opening, taking into account the albeit minimal volume variation due to the compressibility of air.
  • In operation, tub 1 of the machine is initially filled with tap water via conduit 5, 5' and decalcifier 6 up to the static water level A. Due to the law of communicating conduits, this level is also attained in supply tube 5 communicating with the atmosphere via supply pressure relief device 4. Operation of the circulating pump subsequently causes the water level in collecting well 2 to drop to the dynamic level B, resulting in a limited amount of water to flow from supply nozzle 7 until the water in supply tube 5 has dropped to the level C of outlet opening 8. After the circulating pump terminates its operation, the water contained in the spray conduits flows back into well 2, whereby tub 1 is again filled up to the static level A. During this phase, the rising water in tub 1 entraps a certain volume of air between the inverted cup-shaped element 10 and the supply nozzle 7, and subsequently forces the entrapped air into supply nozzle 7, so that the water in supply tube 5 again rises to the static level A, due to the effect of communicating conduits. As indicated above, this air volume is calculated such that the water within cup-shaped element 10 does not rise above the level C. This prevents the contaminated washing water from flowing back into the supply circuit, which would otherwise result in undesirable contamination of the supply circuit, and particularly of the resin charge of the decalcifier 6. From the above description it is thus evident that the washing machine according to the invention comprises a supply nozzle 7 which may be formed integrally with the collecting well 2 while not projecting thereabove, thus avoiding any functional deficiencies as indicated in the introduction.

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1. A washing machine provided with a device for preventing backflow of water, comprising firstly a water supply tube (5, 5') including a supply pressure relief means (4) communicating with the atmosphere at a level above the static water level (A) within the water tub (1) and entering said water tub, a part of said water supply tube being below the dynamic water level (B), and said water supply tube comprising a water supply nozzle (7) extending in an upward direction and interiorly of said water tub and secondly a decalcifier device (6) provided in said water supply tube between said supply pressure relief means and said water supply nozzle, characterized in that the outlet opening (8) of said supply nozzle (7) is located at a level (C) below the static water level (A), the end portion of said supply nozzle extending into an inverted cup-shaped element (10) the opening of which is located at a level (D) above the dynamic water level (B), the interior wall surface of said cup-shaped element and the exterior surface of said supply nozzle end portion defining a space below the outlet opening (8) the volume of which is at least equal to the interior volume of said supply tube (5) between said static water level (A) and the level (C) of said outlet opening, whereby, when the water rises in the water tub (1), a volume of air is entrapped in said space and subsequently, said entrapped air is forced into said supply nozzle (7) preventing the contaminated washing water from flowing back into said water supply tube (5').
2. A washing machine according to claim 1, characterised in that said inverted cup-shaped element (10) is formed integrally with a mechanical filter (9) provided in said machine in a per se known manner.
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IT1136461B (en) * 1980-11-28 1986-08-27 Zanussi A Spa Industrie Automatic washing machine with improved hydraulic supply circuit
IT1192077B (en) * 1986-04-17 1988-03-31 Zanussi Elettrodomestici Dishwashers with means for distributing additive substances and regeneration circuits of the water softening system
DE102010003359A1 (en) * 2010-03-26 2011-09-29 BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH dishwasher

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