There are few fixtures in a home more reliable than a toilet. Now, if you’ve had trouble with your toilet, you may be skeptical of this claim, but many homes are still equipped with their original commodes from the 70s or 80s—you can’t say that about a refrigerator or carpet or even windows! That said, there comes a day in every toilet’s life when it must be replaced and when that day comes, here’s what you should know.
As with most home repairs, the cost of replacing a toilet depends on the circumstances involved. If you have a wall-mounted toilet or an upflush toilet, for example, you can count on having to pay more. That said, the national average for toilet replacement is $375 for service, plus the price of the toilet itself. Toilets can cost under $100 for a basic model or be over $1000 for the fancy ones with push-button flushing, seat warmers, lights, and other high-end features.
Now that you know the average cost to replace a toilet, here’s how to know when it’s time to upgrade.
Yes, your toilet can last decades and yes, there are those among us who prize an old toilet because it’s not stingy with the amount of water it uses, but if you’re looking to save a little green—and live a little green—it might be time to replace your toilet. If it was installed before 1994, it likely uses between 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush, while toilets manufactured after this year use only 1.6 gallons per flush. With our toilet repair and replacement services, we can help you choose a toilet that saves water while still doing the job you need it to.
Your toilet shouldn’t wobble or rock when you sit on it, so if it does, you might have a major problem on your hands. Often all that’s needed is tightening the bolts, but sometimes it’s a sign that unbeknownst to you, your toilet has been leaking for quite some time and the floor underneath it is now damaged.
While there are many toilet problems that can be remedied by simple, inexpensive repairs, one thing that we can’t fix is a cracked tank. Hairline cracks are difficult to spot, but a tell-tale sign that you have one is when there’s water pooling around the base of your toilet.
How do we put this delicately? Your toilet should be able to handle its duties and if it’s regularly unable to do so, it might be time to upgrade. We’d say that a clog once a week or more merits attention—if you have a first-generation water saving toilet, switching to one of the current models can save you from the headache of having to constantly haul out your plunger.
You won’t see this reason in any plumbing manuals, but it’s worth mentioning—sometimes you just want a new toilet. Maybe that circa-1960 Pepto-Bismol pink toilet in your powder room just isn’t doing it for you anymore or maybe you want to upgrade a round bowl to a more comfortable elongated model. Browse toilet manufacturer websites and you’ll see that there are many stylish toilet options these days—yes, really!