Maytag dishwasher filter removal steps

In this short guide, I will give you a step-by-step Maytag dishwasher filter removal procedure.

To be clear, I will guide you on how to remove the filter in different Maytag dishwashers including older models.

One more thing: I will be sure to include some clear photos to help you follow along.

Maytag dishwasher filter removal

I’m going to split this guide into three parts depending on your Maytag dishwasher model:

How to access and remove the filter in newer Maytag dishwashers

  1. Take out the bottom dish rack to get access to the tub area.
  2. Turn the nut beneath the lower spray arm ¼ turn counter-clockwise and then lift the arm to remove it:

Maytag dishwasher remove filter

  1. Disengage the tabs on the pump cover and pull it out:

Maytag dishwasher filter location

  1. Loosen the feed tube by depressing the tab holding it to the back of the dishwasher wall.

Just to be clear, this is the feed tube:

Maytag mdb4949sdz0 clean filter

  1. Now depress the tabs holding the feed tube to the sump area. This will give you enough room to move the feed tube to the side:

Maytag Performa dishwasher filter location

  1. Lift the filter off:

Maytag dishwasher mdb4949skz filter cleaning

Pro tip: Unlike other Maytag filters, this filter does not separate from its housing. So, do not try to disassemble the filter assembly as this might damage it.

How to remove the filter in newer Maytag dishwashers with a triple filter system (2-in-1 filters)

  1. Remove the bottom rack to get access to the tub area:

Maytag dishwasher 577 1 manual

  1. Turn the upper filter ¼ turn counter-clockwise and pull it out:

remove filter Maytag dishwasher

  1. Take out the mesh filter:

how to remove Maytag dishwasher mesh filter

How to remove the filter in older Maytag dishwashers

  1. Remove the lower dish rack.
  2. Turn the retaining nut (holding the lower spray arm) counter-clockwise:

Older Maytag dishwasher filter removal

  1. Remove the lower spray arm and its cover:

Maytag dishwasher filter removal manual

  1. Remove the #20 Torx screws holding the filter assembly in place:

Maytag dishwasher drain filter removal

  1. Lift the filter assembly cover to remove the filter:

Older Maytag dishwasher filter cleaning

  1. While in there, you can also remove the small filter covering the drain pump:

old Maytag dishwasher filter location

Now that you have taken out the filter, you can proceed to install a replacement filter or clean it using the steps in our other guide: How to clean a Maytag dishwasher filter as necessary.

Do all Maytag dishwashers have a filter to clean?

No, not all Maytag dishwashers have a filter.

While most Maytag dishwashers have a filter that traps food particles, some of the new Maytag dishwashers have a four-blade stainless steel chopper.

This chopper reduces the solid food waste into smaller particles in a similar manner as an under-sink food/garbage disposal.

So, you might want to confirm from your owner’s manual whether your model has a filter or not.

Maytag dishwasher filter removal – final words

Remember, when re-inserting the filter, you will follow the steps above in reverse.

Just be sure to let the filter and the sump cover click into place.


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