Most people don’t really consider replacing their toilets unless they are in the process of a full bathroom renovation or the toilet is an especially hideous color and just has to go. Otherwise, it’s just one of those things that gets ignored as long as it is working properly. I mean, one white toilet looks as good as the next one right?
So, how do you know when the time has come to replace the one you have?
Age – If your toilet is more than 20 years old, you should replace it with a newer high efficiency toilet. Any toilet manufactured after 1994 is required to use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. If you have a toilet manufactured prior to 1980, you should really consider replacing it because they can use as much as 7+ gallons per flush and that is definitely reflected on your water bill.
Appearance – If you find cracks in the porcelain, this is a big warning sign that it is time for a new toilet. While some hairline cracks can be patched with plumbing epoxy, if they grow larger, either wider or longer, it is better to replace the toilet rather than wait for a flooded bathroom. If you do try to repair the cracks yourself, make sure you take the time to empty the bowl of the tank first. Also, allow time for the interior to dry completely before applying the epoxy.
Maintenance – When you get to the point that you are constantly replacing some part of the toilet, such as the flappers, floats, valves, washers, etc., it is time to consider a more permanent replacement.
Nothing last forever, including toilets, so when all signs point to needing a new one just go the path of least resistance and get one already.