Our toilet starts running a bit just about 6 x every hour on the hour . I
replaced the flutter but that did not help either. My water bill was $25.00
more for a 3-month period and I can't figure out why it starts running on
its own. Other then replacing the whole inside does anyone have an idea what
the problem could be.
thanks for the help,
<< Our toilet starts running a bit just about 6 x every hour on the hour >>
<< what the problem could be. >>
Many toilets have brass flapper valve seats which can acquire deposits over
time or even corrode from the blue acid tablets that housewives think are a
substitute for good cleaning.
If this is the case, shut off the water, drain the tank and remove as much
mechanism as needed to dress the valve seat with fine waterproof sandpaper.
This should restore the sealing surface and once reassembled the leakge should
stop. Not all replacement flappers are equal quality. A soft pliable (and
probably pricier) type is what you need. HTH
I had a 1988 vintage john that had plastic innards. The hinge that the float
and rod attached to developed a stress crack (plastic). This hinge also
triggered the water feed. The crack allowed enough flex to cause the water
feed to do some very funky things.
Like they said.. cheap to replace it all with generic blister pack innards.
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Check to see if it's syphoning water out of the tank through the "refill
tube". (That's the little plastic tube about 3/16" diameter which sticks
down into the overeflow tube). The clip which holds it into the overflow
tube should be adjusted so the end of the refill tube is just barely
down into the overflow tube. If it's stuck down too much it will be
lower than the shutoff water level in the tank and can drain the tank down.
If that's OK, then you probably do have a flap valve leak, and it might
be caused by a corroded or rough seat (the surface surrounding the hole
the flap valve covers.) There are replacement seats available to epoxy
on top of a bad seat.
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying."
Jeff, thanks a million for the tip as it solved stopping the toilet from
running. I checked the little tube and it was all the way shoved down . By
pulling it up to the top the problem was corrected.
The best thing to do is to take the tank cover off and watch the innards
working. See if the water level goes down, and then watch the float drop
below its turn on level. If this occurs, then the flapper is leaking. Try
reseating the flapper and see if you can find a suitable position for it.
They are usually adjustable on the overflow tube. Seat it so that it
doesn't leak anymore.
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