Energy Standards WILL (once again) Negatively Affect Longevity
The current design in icemakers found in almost every refrigerator manufactured for the past 30 + years, produces a cube shaped like a crescent or half-moon. The design was considered revolutionary since the icemaker was incredibly reliable, relatively inexpensive, could be replaced as an entire assembly, and produced a high volume of ice in a reasonably short amount of time. Apparently all good things must come to an end. The old reliable ice makers have a small heater under the mold body to heat up the mold allowing the cubes to be raked out of the mold and dumped into the ice bucket. This mold heater makes this ice maker design less energy efficient, causing the appliance makers to have to come up with a solution in order to meet government energy standards.