How Do You Know When You Need a New Toilet?

When Is It Time to Get a New Toilet?

A bathroom is one of the most utilized rooms in a home. It is likely where you begin and end your day, which is why it is so important for it to be maintained at all times. As one of the most commonly used plumbing fixtures, toilets are an essential part of bathroom spaces. If not functioning properly, your entire routine may be thrown off and serious plumbing issues can occur. In order to determine whether it is time to get a new toilet, you must consider how long you’ve owned your toilet, if it has any noticeable or even hidden cracks, and if it has caused many problems for you, resulting in costly repairs. Discover if it’s time for a new toilet with help from the experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning! 

It’s Too Old

Older toilets tend to cost people more money as they are not as efficient as newer ones. Toilets designed before 1994 averaged 3.5 gallons per flush. The Energy Policy Act was then put into effect, making it so toilets sold averaged 1.6 gallons per flush, in order to save more water. Other signs that your toilet is old are its noisy after flushing, is discolored, or simply out of style. 


Toilets are made out of porcelain. Porcelain is a type of ceramic material made from kaolin and petuntse. There are many reasons why toilets are made out of porcelain. Porcelain is nonporous, meaning it’s more resistant to bacteria. Other benefits of porcelain include its ease when it comes to cleaning and its ability to be made into different colors. Unfortunately, the downside to porcelain is that it can crack. Hairline cracks can occur, causing leaks and other serious plumbing problems. Depending on how large the crack is and where, the whole toilet may have to be replaced. 

Too Many Issues

If you have had to call a plumber numerous times for issues relating to your toilet, it is definitely time to invest in a new one. Common toilet problems include clogs, leaks, overflows, constant running, and more. Costs can add up over time and replacing the toilet would most likely save you more in the long run. 

Best Types of Toilets

When looking to upgrade your current toilet, it is important to know what’s out there! A lot has changed since the early 1990’s. Some toilets that conserve water and money include gravity-assist toilets, dual-flush toilets, vacuum-assisted toilets, and pressure-assisted toilets.  And the best part? You don’t have to compromise style, as these toilets offer both aesthetics and function. 

Contact Stephens When You Need New Toilet Installation

When it comes time to purchase a new toilet and have it installed, look no further than the experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to get the job done. We will make sure everything is set up properly to help you avoid unnecessary problems down the road. If something were to happen, we also offer toilet repair and replacement. Whatever your plumbing issue may be, we’ve got you covered and are always ready to provide you with quality of work and friendly service. Contact us to schedule an appointment today to begin the process and receive a free estimate.