How to Remove Refrigerator Shelves

Today's refrigerators are designed to maximize storage capacity, reduce energy consumption, and simplify maintenance and cleaning steps. While the technology behind mechanical refrigeration is complex, the interior storage design in a refrigerator is low-tech, ergonomically-friendly and easy to use. Without the use of a single tool, you can quickly move shelves and drawers for storage optimization, maintenance and cleaning.

Adjustable shelves are standard equipment in today's refrigerators.
  1. Remove everything off the shelves in the refrigerator and take the contents out of the crisper drawers. Temporarily store the food in another refrigerator or ice chest.

  2. Grasp the shelf frame and the glass center with two hands and lift the back of the shelf up and out of the support rail.

  3. Tilt the shelf slightly left or right to remove it without damaging the inside walls or other shelves in the refrigerator.

  4. Slide the crisper drawers forward one at a time, until you feel a slight pressure or notice a mechanical stop. Lift the drawer up and out.


  • If this is the first time you have moved the shelves since purchasing the refrigerator, first remove the shipping stabilizer clips to avoid damaging the support rails or shelving.
  • Should a shelf be stubborn or sticky when you attempt to remove it, you may need to lightly tap the shelf at the support rail. Remove the glass in the shelf before you tap and dislocate the shelf frame from the rails.
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