Do You Know When to Replace a Toilet?

Do You Know When to Replace a Toilet?

Feb 4, 2016

Do You Know When to Replace a Toilet?It’s easy to know when to replace some home appliances and devices. When your air filter is dirty, it’s time for a new one. If the motor on your washing machine seizes, it’s time to look for a water-efficient replacement. Though, do you know when to replace your toilet? Keep reading to find out!

Better Flushing Efficiency

Being mindful of water use in your home is important for keeping utility costs down and for conserving a precious natural resource. Installing low-flow fixtures and shower heads helps, but consider extending your water conservation efforts to the toilets in your home.

Flushing toilets account for almost 30 percent of the average home’s water consumption, according to the federal WaterSense program. If you have a very old toilet, it may use as much as 7 gallons of water per flush. The current federal standard is 1.6 gallons per flush, and WaterSense-labeled toilets use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush.

Leaky Toilets

Leaky toilets can waste a considerable amount of water, which contributes to the more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted annually in the average home. If one or more of your toilets are leaking water, they should be repaired or replaced right away.

Cracked Tank or Bowl

If your tank or bowl is damaged — even a hairline crack — replace it. Continued stress is going to make it worse, which could cause the toilet to break altogether. Additionally, chips and cracks can be very sharp and unsafe.

Remodeling Your Bathroom

Remodeling your bathroom is a nice project to update the look and appeal of your home. If you have an older home, you may be remodeling your bathroom because of it’s small size. You’ll certainly be looking at toilets for aesthetics. Consider water-efficient toilets to conserve maximum water, too.


If you are installing a new floor in your bathroom as a remodel project or due to water damage, installing a new toilet at the same time is a practical upgrade.

If you have questions about toilet replacement, contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions today. We’ve served Central Florida homeowners since 1969!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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