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Combination washer/dryer

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Ian A. McGowan, Laura Tartaro-McGowan

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A combined washer and dryer that automatically moves laundry from the washer to the dryer thereby allowing the operator to avoid manually moving wet laundry and eliminating a step requiring the operator's presence. The invention includes an automatic load-feeder that automatically loads laundry into the washer.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an environmental, perspective view of a combination Washer/dryer according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a partially cut-away perspective view of the combination washer/dryer shown in FIG.

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FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the dryer drum assembly.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the washer drum assembly.

FIG. 5 is a partially cut-away perspective view of the combination washer/dryer showing the washer drum inverted and the dryer drum door open.

FIG. 6 is a partially cut-away perspective view of the combination washer/dryer showing the washer drum inverted and the dryer drum door closed.

FIG. 7 is a partially cut-away perspective view of an alternative embodiment of a combination washer/dryer.

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of t the dryer drum assembly.

Claims

1. A combination washer/dryer comprising: a washer component, a dryer component, and an outer container wherein:

2. The combination washer/dryer according to claim 1, wherein:

3. The combination washer/dryer according to claim 2, wherein said outer container means includes a tapered chute between said washer component and said dryer component, wherein said chute tapers inward from top to bottom and wherein, when said washing drum is inverted, laundry falls from said washing drum, through said chute, and into said drying drum.

4. The combination washer/dryer according to claim 2, wherein said means for rotating inner drum can rotate said inner drum clockwise and counter-clockwise in alternating successive intervals of less than five seconds thereby helping free laundry, when washing drum is inverted, from the walls of said inner drum.

5. A load-feeder for a washer comprising:

6. The loader-feeder according to claim 5, wherein said sides of said laundry hopper taper inwardly from top to bottom.

7. A combination washer/dryer comprising: a washer component, a dryer component, a load-feeder, and an outer container:

8. The combination washer/dryer according to claim 7, wherein: said washing drum is mounted to said outer container means via two bearing/axle assemblies attached to opposite sides of said washing drum, wherein said bearing/axle assemblies allow said washing drum to be rotated into an inverted position, and further including means for rotating one axle of one bearing axle assembly, wherein rotation of said axle causes said washing drum to be inverted, said drying drum having an opening over which a movable drying drum doors is positioned, and means for opening and closing said drying drum door, wherein washed laundry is transferred from washing drum to drying drum upon positioning of said drying drum opening under said washing drum, opening of said drying drum door, rotation of said bearing/axle assembly, inversion of said washing drum and, once laundry is loaded into said drying drum, closing of said drying drum door.

9. The combination washer/dryer according to claim 8, wherein: said outer container means includes a tapered chute between said washer component and said dryer component, wherein said chute tapers inward from top to bottom and wherein, when said washer drum is inverted, laundry falls from said washer drum, through said chute, and into said drying drum.

10. The combination washer/dryer according to claim 8, wherein said means for rotating inner drum can rotate said inner drum clockwise and counter-clockwise in alternating successive intervals of less than five seconds thereby helping free laundry, when washing drum is inverted, from walls of said inner drum.

11. The combination washer/dryer according to claim 8, wherein said sides of said laundry hopper taper inward from top to bottom.