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Remove or replace Samsung refrigerator bins, shelves, and drawers

Stocked refrigerator with door open

Sometimes messes in the fridge require deeper cleaning, and to get the job done you have to remove the refrigerator bins, shelves, and drawers. Most of them are made for easy removal, but knowing the right way to remove them makes it even easier. And if you need to replace bins, shelves, or drawers, we have information to help with that too.

Remove and reattach the door bins

No matter what kind of fridge you have, its door bins can be removed the same way. The top door bin section has a marked line to make removing and reinserting bins easier.

To remove the door bins, push the bin up with both hands, and then pull it out from the door.

To reinsert the door bin, simply line it up with the marked section and place it back onto the door.

Remove a refrigerator door bin

Remove the glass on the vegetable/crisper drawers

Caution: Be careful when working with glass. It can break, cause an injury, or both. Never clean the glass shelf with warm or hot water, as this could cause the glass to shatter. Wait for the glass to become room temperature and then clean it with lukewarm water.

When you need to clean the glass above the vegetable or crisper drawers, you can remove the glass so it's easier to get to hard-to-reach areas. 

If your fridge has the simple shelf setup, removing the shelf isn't complicated at all. Fully open the doors and remove the vegetable drawers. Lift up one side of the shelf with one hand. While supporting the shelf with one hand, slide the shelf out with the other hand.

Refrigerator drawers

If your fridge has the more complex setup, you will need to unlatch the glass from the top of the crisper drawers to clean it:

  1. Remove the lower door bins and remove both of the crisper drawers. To remove the drawers, angle them slightly toward the center of the fridge while sliding them out.

  2. Locate the tabs on both sides of the drawer divider and the water filter housing. There is one on each side, just behind the roller wheel. Push and hold both tabs inwards and lift the shelf out from the water filter housing.

    Drawer divider near water filter housing
  3. Dislodge the glass shelf from the back wall of the refrigerator by slightly lifting up while pulling it out. To remove it completely from the fridge, it helps to angle one side of the shelf downward while pulling it out. Then, carefully turn the shelf over and place it on a clean, flat surface.

    Person removing glass shelf at an angle
  4. To remove the glass from the plastic frame, locate the shelf's retainer clips. The retainer clips are located on the back left and right corners where the glass meets the white plastic. From the top side (where you'll reinsert them later) they look like small white squares.

    The fridge's shelf retainer clip
  5. Now, turn the shelf over and find the clips again. You will remove them from this side.

    Tabs on the back of the shelves that hold the retainer clips in place
  6. Each clip has two tabs holding it in place. To remove the clip, push in the tab that is closest to the center of the shelf, while lifting the back corner of the shelf slightly. With enough pressure on the tab, the clip should fall out and the shelf will come loose on that side. Remove the other clip in the same way.

    Finger pressing shelf tab
  7. Once both clips are removed, gently raise the shelf and then separate the glass from the shelf frame.

    The glass being separated from the shelf's frame
  8. To reinstall the glass shelf, repeat the previous steps in reverse.

Take out and reinsert the shelves

To remove a shelf, hold the front of the shelf, and then gently lift up and slide it out.

To reinsert it, hold the shelf at an angle so that the front is higher than the back and insert the top hook into the top shelf notch. Lower the shelf and insert the bottom shelf hook into the bottom shelf notch.

Person inserting shelf back in fridge

Remove and replace the crisper drawers

Removing the crisper drawers is more or less the same process on all Samsung fridges.

To remove the crisper drawers, you have to first remove the door bins to prevent potentially damaging the drawers. Then, open the drawers all the way and gently lift it up. Pull the drawer out to remove it.

To reinsert a drawer, insert the drawer into the frame rails and then slide it inward.

Removing a refrigerator crisper drawer

Remove the FlexZone basket (4-Door French Door refrigerators)

If needed, you can also remove the FlexZone basket.

To remove the FlexZone basket, first fully open the FlexZone drawer. Lift the FlexZone basket up and pull it out with both hands.

To reinsert the FlexZone basket, fully open the FlexZone drawer. Next, lower the basket (back-first) into the rail assembly, and then lower the front of the basket into place.

Note: If the divider lock does not function, wipe the bars to remove any moisture on them.

Removing the basket from the FlexZone drawer

Purchase replacement bins and drawers

Need replacement bins, shelves, or drawers? Visit samsungparts.com and search for your refrigerators model code. All of the available parts will appear, and you can purchase what you need.

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