How To Replace A Toilet Handle

Over time, a toilet handle can become loose, wiggle excessively, lose its initial sheen, or otherwise be a victim to age and general wear and tear. Replacing an old toilet handle will update the entire aesthetic of your toilet, while also ensuring that your toilet continues to function properly in the future. Thankfully, replacing a toilet handle is a fairly simple process that only needs a small time investment and a few simple tools.

What You'll Need

Before you begin, you'll want to assemble your tools and parts. You'll need an adjustable wrench, a sponge, light detergent, and a replacement toilet handle. You may also need a lubricant. All of these items can be found at most hardware or plumbing supply stores if you do not already have them at home. If you are unsure of what type of replacement toilet handle to purchase, simply remove the old handle and bring it in with you to find another handle that will fit your toilet.

Replacing the Toilet Handle

First, remove the top of the tank to exposure the flush mechanism. Set the top to the side, preferably on a towel or another soft surface to prevent any damage from occurring.

Remove the chain from the toilet handle. This chain opens the flush valve when the handle is pushed. Take notice of which hole in the handle's arm the chain is linked in to – you'll want to hook the chain into the same hole in the replacement later on.

Use the adjustable wrench to remove the nut holding the handle in place, turning counter clockwise to loosen it. Take care to be gentle, as using too much force can chip or crack the porcelain of the toilet tank. If the nut is stuck in place, apply lubricant liberally to the nut, and then try again.

Use the sponge with detergent to clean the handle hole to remove any stuck on debris.

Take the replacement handle and remove the nut from it. Insert the handle's arm into the hole in the toilet tank, and then reattach the nut over the arm. Tighten by hand, turning clockwise, until you can't any longer. Then, use the wrench to tighten an additional half turn. Be careful, as tightening any further could cause damage to the porcelain.

Attach the flush chain to the handle's arm in the same place that it was attached to the previous handle. Pull the handle to test the flush. If the flush valve does not open, you'll want to move the chain higher up the arm to tighten it. If the valve does not close, you'll want to move the chain lower down the arm to loosen it.

If you don't think you can replace your toilet's handle on its own, contact a company, like Davidson Plumbing & Welding Inc, to replace it for you.