Toilet Troubleshooting and Instructions on
How To Fix Toilet
Most Common Reasons The Toilet Can Malfunction
1) Handle breaks (Trip Lever)
2) Chain comes loose or breaks
3) Float Ball sticks
4) Flush Valve (Toilet Flapper) is blocked from closing all the way or warped and needs to be replaced
WARNING: Before removing any parts from Toilet, shut off the water valve to the toilet and flush the toilet to drain any water from the tank. The valve is located below the tank close to the floor.
How To Fix A Toilet
First check the toilet handle, sometimes they just become loose. Tighten if needed, if the handle is broken replace it.
1) Remove tank lid, disconnect the old handle arm from the chain.
2) Unscrew the wing nut that holds the tank lever to the back of the handle. Set it aside to be reinstalled with the new handle.
3) Insert the new handle and secure with wing nut.
4) Reconnect the handle arm to chain.
Chain comes loose or breaks
Take a look at the chain inside the toilet tank. It could be loose or broken, which means the stopper is stuck and won’t allow the toilet to flush. If loose just reattach, just make sure the chain is set to the right length to ensure the flapper opens and closes properly. If it’s broken, it can be replaced.
Float Ball sticks
The flush valve can use a tapered rubber float ball or a flapper ball to control the flow of water into the toilet. The float ball can get stuck or the chain can get tangled and cause the float ball not to work properly. The Flapper balls are common on newer flush valves and are connected to the handle lift arm with a lift chain.
The float ball is hollow and floats on top of the water as it is being filled in the tank. When the water gets to the desired level, the float ball moves the float arm and turns off the water flow in the ballcock. By bending the float arm you can “fine tune” to the point at which the water turns off and stops filling the tank.
Flush Valve (Toilet Flapper) is blocked from closing all the way or warped and needs to be replaced.
Check the toilet flapper, remove the lid from the toilet tank and take a look inside at the rubber flapper. The toilet flapper is designed to release water when toilet is flushed and then plug the hole back up, sealing the water inside tank. If the flapper has deteriorated and is no longer sealing the flush tube hole, then this will need to be replaced. Flappers can easily be purchased at any hardware store and are relatively cheap. Turn off water, drain tank, and then swap out the old flapper with the new one. Afterwards, turn the water back on and the toilet should flush properly.