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.
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 $45, the cost of replacing those components. If the tune up doesn't do the trick, you can call a plumber, who will charge about $197 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 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.