A loose or broken toilet handle is more than an inconvenience. If not repaired, a broken toilet handle will keep the flapper inside the toilet tank from seating properly which in turn will allow water to escape into the drain. A small leak like this can easily add ten to fifteen dollars to your monthly water bill.
Replacing a Broken Toilet Handle Assembly
Replacing a broken toilet handle is easy as you only need a couple of common tools. It is also quite affordable as the entire assembly usually costs less than ten dollars. There are two common types of toilet handle, one that inserts into the front of the tank and one that inserts on the side. Both are replaced in the same manner.
- Start by turning off the water supply and flushing the toilet. This step is not absolutely necessary but it makes the repair a little easier.
- Next remove the chain that is connected to the handle. It is usually just attached by a small hook.
- Then unscrew the plastic bolt that secures the handle to the tank and remove the old handle. You may need a small wrench but most bolts can be undone by hand.
- Now, place the new handle in the hole and secure with the new plastic bolt. There is no need to over tighten as you may crack the tank.
- Before reattaching the chain, examine the flapper at the bottom of the tank. If it appears damaged, it is a simple fix to remove and replace it. It is easily detached by simply pulling on the nibs that hold it in place.
- Once the new flapper and handle are in place, reattach the chain, turn on the water and you’re done with your repair.
Professional Plumbing Help
This repair is quite simple and can be accomplished by almost anyone. However, if you do not have the time nor inclination, a professional local plumber can fix the problem for you in less than 15 minutes for the price of a normal service charge. What ever route you choose, the repair of a faulty toilet handle will pay for itself in lowered water bills.