US 11,653,761 B2
Removable appliance door with repeatable alignment
Daniel Davison, Knoxville, TN (US); Charles Hanna, Knoxville, TN (US); Rose Marie Parker, Caryville, TN (US); James Russell, Knoxville, TN (US); and Tanner Justice, Powell, TN (US)
Assigned to BSH Home Appliances Corporation, Irvine, CA (US); and BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, Munich (DE)
Filed by BSH Home Appliances Corporation, Irvine, CA (US); and BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, Munich (DE)
Filed on Aug. 15, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/541,210.
Prior Publication US 2021/0045530 A1, Feb. 18, 2021
Int. Cl. A47B 88/00 (2017.01); F24C 15/02 (2006.01); A47B 88/944 (2017.01); A47B 88/95 (2017.01); A47B 88/956 (2017.01); F24C 15/18 (2006.01)
CPC A47B 88/944 (2017.01) [A47B 88/95 (2017.01); A47B 88/956 (2017.01); F24C 15/02 (2013.01); F24C 15/028 (2013.01); F24C 15/18 (2013.01)] 11 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A domestic appliance having a width in a horizontal direction and a height in a vertical direction, the appliance comprising:
a main housing; and
a first door attached to the main housing, the first door including:
a rear portion, the rear portion being positionally fixed in the horizontal direction relative to the housing,
a door retainer attachable to the rear portion such that the door retainer is locatable at a plurality of different positions relative to the rear portion, and
a door skin, the door skin being removably attached to the door retainer such that the door skin is locatable in only one position relative to the door retainer,
wherein the door skin is configured to be aligned with the main housing when the door skin is attached to the door retainer by locating the door retainer relative to the rear portion and fixing a position of the door retainer relative to the rear portion with a door retainer attachment feature,
wherein the door skin is removably attached to the door retainer with a door skin attachment feature, which is independent from the door retainer attachment feature, such that the door skin is configured to be removable from the door retainer without altering the position of the door retainer relative to the rear portion and such that the door skin remains aligned with the main housing when the door skin is re-attached to the door retainer,
wherein the door retainer attachment feature includes:
an upward facing tab on the door skin;
a lance on the door retainer; and
a door skin fastener engaging the door skin and the door retainer, and
wherein the upward facing tab slidably disengages the lance when the door skin is moved in a downward direction with respect to the door retainer and slidably engages the lance when the door skin is moved in an upward direction with respect to the door retainer.