Cost to Repair a Toilet – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 267

$ 75

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 67% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Repair a Toilet noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to repair a toilet? The contractor cost to repair a toilet is $267 vs. doing it yourself for $75. 

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, 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 $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.

Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.