Nobody enjoys bathroom duty, especially when your toilet becomes a troublesome fixture. If you’ve been noticing a few cracks or a stubborn drip, you might be caught in between a repair or replacement.

While the up-front cost of a replacement and installation may put you off an additional purchase that appears unnecessary, it may serve as an advantage in the long run. Consider the following bathroom bowl bothers that might call for a new toilet.

Problem 1 – The Repairs are Becoming Too Frequent

Your typical toilet will come equipped with several parts—a handle, flap, and fill valve. If you’re regularly replacing these items, you might consider weighing the cost of a full replacement instead. Sure, a DIY fix may seem more cost-effective, but it won’t be the case if your local hardware store is beginning to anticipate your weekly presence. A full replacement will make for a more considerable expense up-front but save you cash in the long run.

Problem 2 – Your Bowl is Clogging a Lot

Are you plunging your toilet several times a week? Do you have to stand over your bowl, flushing several times before anything happens?

Older, lower-flush fixtures may require more than one push of the handle and are often plagued with random stoppages. Instead of having to engage in a thrice-a-week plunge, replace your toilet with a water-saving counterpart. Your water bill will thank you for it later on.

Problem 3 – The Porcelain is Cracking

Harline fractures along your toilet bowl may appear innocuous but can develop into a flood of water when you least expect it. If you’re experiencing an active leak, you can chalk it up to cracks. Though internal cracks are less to worry about, you’ll want to keep an eye out for leaking water whenever you flush—else; it can lead to a ruined floor over time.

Problem 4 – You Notice Visual Scratching

Scratched-up toilet porcelain isn’t too urgent, but it may become increasingly difficult to keep clean. If you’d rather do without the added maintenance, switch out your toilet seat or replace the entire fixture if it’s developing an unintentional marbling effect.

Problem 5 – Your Water Bills are Skyrocketing

If your home isn’t equipped with a low-flush toilet, it may be reason enough to finance a replacement. Water-saving toilets utilize less than two gallons of water per flush compared to older three or even five-gallon flush toilets.

If that doesn’t seem like too large a gap, consider the savings you’ll eventually accumulate. You never know when you’ll need a handful of cash to cover another repair. Plus, low-flush toilets are highly sustainable—the environment will love you for it.


Under average conditions, a toilet can last you many years—but you’ll still have to consider high utility bills and whether your bowl is experiencing more wear and tear than it should. Though you might be capable of shouldering dozens of repair costs, sometimes replacing your toilet makes more sense.

If you need to fix a leak or facilitate a more comprehensive plumbing repair, you can always rely on our licensed experts at Capital Plumbing and Heating. We are firm believers in giving your toilet the attention it deserves, especially when it comes to water savings!