KR20080076104A - Refrigerator and control method thereof - Google Patents

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KR20080076104A
KR20080076104A KR1020070015594A KR20070015594A KR20080076104A KR 20080076104 A KR20080076104 A KR 20080076104A KR 1020070015594 A KR1020070015594 A KR 1020070015594A KR 20070015594 A KR20070015594 A KR 20070015594A KR 20080076104 A KR20080076104 A KR 20080076104A
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김경환
안규환
이기형
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F25REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
    • F25DREFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS
    • F25D29/00Arrangement or mounting of control or safety devices
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F25REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
    • F25DREFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS
    • F25D23/00General constructional features
    • F25D23/12Arrangements of compartments additional to cooling compartments; Combinations of refrigerators with other equipment, e.g. stove
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F25REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
    • F25DREFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS
    • F25D2400/00General features of, or devices for refrigerators, cold rooms, ice-boxes, or for cooling or freezing apparatus not covered by any other subclass
    • F25D2400/36Visual displays

Abstract

The refrigerator according to the present invention includes a main body cabinet having a storage compartment having a front opening, a door for opening and closing the front opening, a display unit mounted to one of the main cabinet and the door, and the display unit displays an image. A display unit; A power supply unit selectively supplying power to the display unit; A temperature sensing unit sensing a temperature of the display unit; And a control unit controlling the power supply unit to cut off power supplied to the display unit when the temperature sensed by the temperature detection unit is higher than or equal to a set upper limit temperature. As a result, it is possible to prevent the display unit from overheating.

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Refrigerator and its control method {REFRIGERATOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF}

1 is a perspective view showing a schematic view of a refrigerator according to the present invention;

2 is a control block diagram of a refrigerator according to the present invention;

3 is a control flowchart of a refrigerator according to the present invention.

Explanation of symbols on the main parts of the drawings

1: refrigerator 10: main cabinet

13: front opening 15: storage room

20: door 30: display unit

40: display unit 41: casing

43: image display unit 45: sound display unit

47: operation button 50: power supply

60: temperature detection unit 70: control unit

The present invention relates to a refrigerator, and more particularly, to a refrigerator capable of preventing overheating of a display unit and a control method thereof.

In general, the refrigerator includes a main body in which a storage compartment having a front opening is formed, and a door for opening and closing the front opening of the storage compartment.

Recently, according to various needs of consumers, a home bar that can take storage stored in the storage room from the outside without opening the door, a dispenser unit that can extract ice or drinking water from the outside without opening the door, TV or Internet connection function Refrigerators having various functions, such as a display unit, have been released.

The display unit of the conventional refrigerator may be driven in a state of being mounted on the door, and detachably mounted on the door so that the user can move and drive the door by being separated from the door.

However, when the display unit of such a conventional refrigerator is driven for a long time, heat is generated from electronic components therein, thereby increasing the temperature. Thus, when the user grips the hot display unit, the user may miss the display unit and damage the display unit.

It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a refrigerator which can prevent the display unit from overheating.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a control method of a refrigerator which can prevent the display unit from overheating.

The object of the present invention is a refrigerator having a main body cabinet in which a storage chamber having a front opening is formed, a door for opening and closing the front opening, and a display unit mounted to any one of the main cabinet and the door. The display unit includes a display unit for displaying an image; A power supply unit selectively supplying power to the display unit; A temperature sensing unit sensing a temperature of the display unit; It is achieved by including a control unit for controlling the power supply unit to cut off the power supplied to the display unit when the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing unit is above the set upper limit temperature.

Preferably, the controller displays a warning message before shutting off the power supplied to the display unit.

When the power supplied to the display unit is cut off, the controller may control the power supply unit to cut off power to the display unit until the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing unit reaches a set reference temperature.

On the other hand, the other object, according to the present invention, a display unit for displaying an image mounted on any one of the main cabinet with a storage compartment having a front opening, a door for opening and closing the front opening, the main cabinet and the door to display an image A control method of a refrigerator having a step of sensing the temperature of the display unit; If the sensed temperature is above the set upper limit temperature is achieved by including the step of shutting off the power supplied to the display unit.

Preferably, the method further includes displaying a warning message before shutting off the power supplied to the display unit.

When the power supplied to the display unit is cut off, it is preferable to cut off the power to the display unit until the temperature of the display unit reaches a set reference temperature.

Hereinafter, with reference to the accompanying drawings will be described in detail a preferred embodiment of the refrigerator 1 according to the present invention.

The refrigerator 1 according to the present invention includes a main cabinet 10 in which a storage compartment 15 having a front opening 13 is formed, a door 20 that opens and closes the front opening 13 of the storage compartment 15, and a main cabinet. And a display unit 30 mounted to any one of the 10 and the door 20.

The main cabinet 10 forms the exterior of the refrigerator 1, and a storage chamber 15 for storing food and the like is formed therein.

The door 20 opens and closes the front opening 13 of the storage compartment 15. The front side of the door 20 is formed with a display accommodating part (not shown) in which the display unit 30 is accommodated. The display accommodating portion is recessed to correspond to the size of the display unit 30 on the front of the door 20. Here, the structure in which the display unit 30 is attached to or detached from the display accommodating unit may be variously known. Meanwhile, in the present embodiment, the door 20 rotates with respect to the main cabinet 10 and opens and closes the front opening 13. However, the door 20 is provided as a drawer type to enter and exit the storage compartment 15 and open the front opening. (13) can also be opened and closed.

The display unit 30 is detachably mounted to the door 20. The display unit 30 may form an image and perform various functions such as TV, Internet, home shopping, and the like. The display unit 30 includes a display unit 40 for forming an image, a power supply unit 50 for selectively supplying power to the display unit 40, and a temperature sensing unit for sensing a temperature of the display unit 40 ( 60, and a controller 70 for controlling the power supply unit 50 based on the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing unit 60.

The display unit 40 has an outer appearance and a casing 41 having an exposed opening, an image display unit 43 that is exposed to the outside through an exposed opening of the casing 41 to form an image, and an acoustic display unit for outputting sound. 45 and electrical components (not shown) such as a main board for generating and transmitting signals to the image display unit 43 and the acoustic display unit 45. Here, the image display unit 43 is provided with a flat panel display panel such as LCD or PDP, and the acoustic display unit 45 is provided with a speaker. On the other hand, one side of the casing 41 is provided with an operation button 47 for the user to operate the display unit 30, such as power on / off, channel selection. Here, the display unit 30 may include a remote controller (not shown) for remotely operating the operation of the display unit 30 in addition to the operation button 47.

The power supply unit 50 selectively supplies and cuts power to the display unit 40. The power supply unit 50 is accommodated in the casing 41 of the display unit 40.

The temperature sensor 60 detects the temperature of the display 40. The temperature sensing unit 60 is preferably mounted on an electric component such as a main board that generates heat to sense a temperature. However, the temperature sensing unit 60 may be mounted on the casing 41 to sense the temperature. The temperature sensing unit 60 senses the temperature of the display unit 40 and transmits the temperature to the control unit 70.

The controller 70 controls the power supply unit 50 to cut off power supplied to the display unit 40 when the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing unit 60 is equal to or higher than a set upper limit temperature. Here, the upper limit temperature may be arbitrarily set by a user who uses the display unit 30 or by an operator who sets the display unit 30. In this embodiment, the upper limit temperature is set to about 60 ° C. as a temperature at which the user can feel hotness. have. Thus, the display unit 40 may be prevented from overheating.

On the other hand, the control unit 70 displays a warning message before shutting off the power supplied to the display unit 30. In detail, when the temperature sensed by the temperature detection unit 60 reaches the set upper limit temperature, the image display unit 43 displays a warning message. Here, the warning message may blink the warning phrase on the image display unit 43, or may display a large size of the text of the warning message. Here, the control unit 70 may output an auditory warning message through the sound display unit 45. Here, the warning message may be output periodically, or may be output continuously.

Then, when the temperature detected by the temperature sensing unit 60 reaches the set upper limit temperature and the power supplied to the display unit 40 is cut off, the control unit 70 determines that the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing unit 60 is set. The power supply unit 50 may be controlled to cut off power to the display unit 40 until the temperature is reached. Here, the reference temperature is stably driven as the temperature of the display unit 40 decreases, and is set to a temperature at which the user does not feel hot. The reference temperature can be arbitrarily set and changed by the user or operator. Thus, even if the user operates the operation button 47 while the display unit 40 is overheated, the power is not supplied to the display unit 40 even though the user is forcibly applying power to the display unit 40. Overheating of 40 can be prevented.

On the other hand, when the user forcibly applies the power to the display unit 40 while the temperature detected by the temperature sensing unit 60 reaches the set upper limit temperature and the power supplied to the display unit 40 is cut off, the controller 70 may control the power supply unit 50 to supply power to the display unit 40. In this case, when the temperature detected by the temperature sensing unit 60 reaches the set upper limit temperature after supplying power to the display unit 40, one or more of the image display unit 43 and the acoustic display unit 45 as described above. It is preferable to control the power supply unit 50 to cut off the power supplied to the display unit 40 after outputting a warning message.

Hereinafter, a control method of a refrigerator according to the present invention having such a configuration will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

First, when the user operates the operation button 47 to drive the display unit 30, the control unit 70 controls the power supply unit 50 to supply power to the display unit 40 (S1).

Then, the temperature detected by the temperature sensing unit 60 while driving the display unit 40 is compared with the set upper limit temperature (S3).

Here, when it is determined that the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing unit 60 is equal to or higher than the set upper limit temperature, the controller 70 displays a warning message on at least one of the image display unit 43 and the acoustic display unit 45 (S5).

In addition, the controller 70 controls the power supply unit 50 to cut off the power supplied to the display unit 40 (S7). Here, the control unit 70 may display the warning message and control the power supply unit 50 to cut off the power supplied to the display unit 40 after a predetermined time elapses.

On the other hand, when the user operates the operation button 47 to drive the display unit 40 while the power supplied to the display unit 40 in step S7, the control unit 70 is the temperature sensing unit 60 The power supply unit 50 may be controlled to cut off power to the display unit 40 until the detected temperature reaches the set reference temperature.

Meanwhile, when the user operates the operation button 47 to drive the display unit 40 while the power supplied to the display unit 40 is cut in step S7, the control unit 70 once displays the display unit 40. After controlling the power supply unit 50 to supply power to the power supply, when the temperature detected by the temperature detection unit 60 reaches the set upper limit temperature, a warning message is displayed in the same manner as in step S5 and supplied to the display unit 40. The power supply unit 50 may be controlled to cut off the power.

As described above, the refrigerator 1 according to the present invention includes a display unit 30, and the display unit 30 selectively powers the display unit 40 and the display unit 40 to display an image. A power supply unit 50 for supplying a temperature and a temperature sensing unit 60 for sensing a temperature of the display unit 40; If the temperature detected by the temperature sensing unit 60 is above the set upper limit temperature, the display unit 40 includes a control unit 70 for controlling the power supply unit 50 to cut off the power supplied to the display unit 40. Overheating can be prevented.

As described above, according to the present invention, there is provided a refrigerator capable of preventing overheating of a display unit and a control method thereof.

Claims (6)

  1. In the refrigerator having a main cabinet with a storage compartment having a front opening, a door for opening and closing the front opening, and a display unit mounted to any one of the main cabinet and the door,
    The display unit,
    A display unit for displaying an image;
    A power supply unit selectively supplying power to the display unit;
    A temperature sensing unit sensing a temperature of the display unit;
    And a control unit controlling the power supply unit to cut off the power supplied to the display unit when the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing unit is equal to or higher than a set upper limit temperature.
  2. The method of claim 1,
    The control unit, characterized in that for displaying a warning message before shutting off the power supplied to the display unit.
  3. The method of claim 1,
    When the power supplied to the display unit is cut off, the control unit controls the power supply unit to cut off power to the display unit until the temperature sensed by the temperature sensing unit reaches a set reference temperature. Refrigerator.
  4. A control method of a refrigerator having a main body cabinet having a storage compartment having a front opening, a door for opening and closing the front opening, and a display unit mounted on any one of the main cabinet and the door to display an image,
    Sensing a temperature of the display unit;
    And shutting off the power supplied to the display unit when the sensed temperature is equal to or higher than a set upper limit temperature.
  5. The method of claim 4, wherein
    The control method of the refrigerator further comprising the step of displaying a warning message before the power supplied to the display unit.
  6. The method of claim 5,
    When the power supplied to the display unit is cut off, the control method of the refrigerator characterized in that the power is cut off to the display unit until the temperature of the display unit reaches a set reference temperature.
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