Dishwasher - Upper Rack Removal

The Dishwasher upper rack is not removable on all models. Models with a removable upper rack will have instructions for removing the rack listed in the Owner's Manual for that specific model. Although it is not recommended to do this on a regular basis unless listed in the Owner's Manual, the upper rack can be removed on some models.

Prior to 1993

The upper rack is installed onto top rack rails. The top rack rails have an end cap that can be pried off by bending metal tabs at the end of the rail. The rack will then pull out while the rails remain in the Dishwasher. If repeated often, bending of the rail tabs will break them and the entire rail must be replaced.

1993 to Current

Plastic and Hybrid Tub Models

  • Models listed as having a "Removable" Upper Rack: Check the Owner's Manual for directions on how to remove the upper rack.
  • Models not listed as having a "Removable" Upper Rack: There is a tab on each of the front end caps. To remove the front end cap, stick a screwdriver behind the last peg behind the tab, push back towards the Dishwasher wall and then turn the tab inward carefully. Be gentle, the tabs may break. The tabs snap back in place the same way.

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Stainless Steel Tub Models

  • Models listed as having "Removable, Adjustable" Upper Racks: Check the Owner's Manual for directions. These models have easily removable upper racks that are designed to be removed when washing large items in the lower rack.
  • Models listed as having "Adjustable" or "Height Adjustable" Upper Racks: These height adjustable upper racks are not designed to be removed except by a technician.

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