When Should You Replace Your Toilet?

When Should You Replace Your Toilet?Finally deciding to replace a toilet can be motivated by several factors. In some homes, the toilets are the oldest fixtures in the house. It’s not uncommon to find toilets as old as 40 years still in use, even when other plumbing fixtures have been upgraded. At some point, however, it’s false economy and needless inconvenience putting up with an outmoded toilet when better, more efficient options are available. Here are some factors that may finally tip the balance and make you decide to replace a toilet.


Cracks in the tank or bowl are not worth fixing on an old toilet. Repairing ceramic is often not entirely effective or permanent, anyway. Any structural cracks in an older unit should be taken as an opportunity to upgrade to a newer model.

Excess Water Use

Toilets manufactured before the 1990s could consume as much as 5 gallons per flush, averaging over 20 gallons per day per person in the household. In addition to being a drain on your budget as water costs increase, it makes very inefficient use of the increasingly scarce resource of fresh water. Today all toilets must be at least ultra-low flush models and use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Optional high-efficiency toilets consume no more than 1.2 gallons.

Less Comfort

Old-school toilets tended to be available in only one standard height with a round bowl and seat. Today’s models offer a selection of heights to make the toilet a better fit for your use. Elongated bowls and seats feel more natural and other perks like quiet-closing lids and LED lighting for night use are also available.

New Flooring

If you’re renewing your bathroom floor, the existing toilet including plumbing and drain connection will have to be removed anyway to lay the flooring. It’s a good opportunity to upgrade to a new toilet now, for a total bathroom makeover.

If it’s time to replace a toilet, contact the Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for available options and professional installation.

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