04543800 is referenced by 84 patents and cites 8 patents.

The door-mounted water and ice cube dispenser of a refrigerator is supplied with chilled water and electrical power by a water conveying conduit and a plurality of electrical conductors which together pass through a hollow pintle and socket portion of a lower hinge assembly pivotally supporting the refrigerator door. To facilitate removal of the door from the associated refrigerator cabinet, the lower end of the conduit is connected to an end of a chilled water supply line by a union type coupling, the lower ends of the conductors being connected to a plug engageable with an associated power supplying socket fixed to the refrigerator cabinet. The conduit and conductors extend upwardly from the lower hinge assembly to the dispenser location via the interior of an elongated, rigid, tubelike member that isolates the conduit and conductors from any thermal insulating material or other obstructions filling the interior volume of the door. The tubelike member, by permitting unimpeded movement of the conduit and conductors contained therein, precludes localized twisting and untwisting of the conduit and conductors at any specific point along their respective lengths to preclude fatigue breaks of the conduit or conductors resulting from repeated opening and closing of the door.

Title
Refrigerator door hinge
Application Number
6/580885
Publication Number
4543800
Application Date
February 16, 1984
Publication Date
October 1, 1985
Inventor
Burdith W Johnston
Greenville
MI, US
Harold S Mawby
Belding
MI, US
Agent
Pearne Gordon Sessions McCoy Granger & Tilberry
Assignee
White Consolidated
OH, US
IPC
F25D 23/12
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