By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Before you call a plumber to fix an old toilet, take a stab at diagnosing the problem. If that doesn’t work call a plumber. To troubleshoot the problem go to www.fluidmaster.com, a manufacturer's website where you'll learn how to inspect your toilet and determine exactly what's wrong. The problem is usually a broken or failing part that needs to be replaced. The parts of the toilet tank - fill valves, flappers and tank levers - age and weaken over time. And with continued use, the gaskets, seals and connectors in the tank can deteriorate.
Even if you’re not so handy, you can take a stab at fixing a toilet; if that fails, you can call in a pro as a last resort. Since a toilet is such an important part of every household, knowing how one works and how to keep it working is a life skill everyone can use.
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In the plumbing department of hardware stores and home centers, you'll find a wall of toilet replacement parts sold individually or as kits. In less than two hours you can tune up your toilet for $75, the cost of replacing those components. If the tune up doesn't do the trick, you can call a plumber, who will charge about $267 for a service call.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to repair a toilet lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020