Some folks may answer this question with something like “you know when you know.” This statement would imply that it will be so obvious to you when it is time to replace your toilet that you will just do it. But let’s not forget that people get used to their situation and may not realize the true problem they have.
They may not be aware of the constant trickle of water being pumped into the tank because of a leak and they simply have become used to the sound and may be tuning it out. They may not realize there is a strange odor in the bathroom because they have slowly but surely gotten used to the smell.
Your toilet can become cracked or chipped over time. Many years of use and abuse can lead to damage. This damage can cause it to work improperly and inefficiently, costing you money in the long run.
When you look into your toilet tank, does it look like a disaster? Is there debris or broken pieces? Is there damage to the tank? These may all be signs its time to upgrade.
If you have an older toilet, chances are that it uses more water with each flush than the newer models. An older toilet can use as much as 7 gallons per flush and a newer one can use as little as 1.6 gallons. This certainly adds up over time and can be expensive not to mention it uses a valuable resource in the process.
As mentioned in the opening paragraphs to this article, a toilet that is leaking can be a serious problem. It not only can be costing you money on your water bill, it can also be leaking into the floor causing major damage to your home. A seemingly small toilet leak can be a costly disaster. Always investigate a leak when you first hear it.
Do not take toilet issues lightly. It could be the old diagram of the iceberg you see online where you only see the very tip but underneath there is a huge mass that is unseen. A faulty toilet can seem like a small issue but end up being a real problem.