Jacuzzi Toilet handle repair
Understanding how internal toilet components work will aid you in making repairs.
Toilet handles that stick can often be repaired by making one or more simple adjustments. When the handle is depressed, an attached lever lifts a chain or wire connected to the tank flapper. The flapper - essentially a drain stopper and also called a flush ball - is lifted by the chain to allow tank water to enter the toilet for flushing. If the chain or wire is tangled, out of adjustment or contacting other components, the handle and lever assembly can stick, causing the flapper to remain open and toilet water to continually run.
Locate the toilet water supply valve handle behind the toilet and turn it clockwise to shut the water off. This will prevent the tank and toilet from refilling after initial flushing and makes internal component repairs and adjustments easier.
Remove the toilet tank cover and press the handle to flush the toilet. When the tank empties, press and release the handle one or more times to observe the mechanical relationship and movement of the handle, lever, lift chain or wire and flapper.
Ensure that the float and connecting rod, if applicable, is not inhibiting free movement of the lever, wire or chain. If it is, turn the float in a direction away from the lever or chain with your hands. Rods are curved or bent at an angle to allow this type of adjustment. Some newer toilet components employ a floating mechanism integrated with the water overflow and fill tube and this adjustment does not apply to this style of float.
Inspect the lift chain or wire attached to the lever and flapper. If kinked or bent, remove the chain or wire link - usually an s-hook at the top end - from the lever attachment hole. Some s-hook links are removed from the lever by hand while others require your to bend them open with pliers or spread them apart with a screwdriver. If the link is attached to the lever with a screw, remove by turning the screw counterclockwise with a screwdriver and pull from the lever.
Remove the link from the chain or wire. Depending on the type, detach s-hook links from chains by hand, by prying them open with a screwdriver or bending them open with pliers. Wire links will be attached to the wire with a small screw and are removed by turning the screw counterclockwise with a screwdriver.
Depress and release the handle again to ensure normal up and down movement of the handle and lever. If all seems normal and the handle does not stick, proceed with the next step for adjusting and re-attaching the chain. If the handle still sticks, you may need to replace the handle and lever.
Remove any kinks in the chain or bends in the wire by smoothing or twisting with your fingers. Badly damaged or corroded chains or wires will need to be replaced.
Align the chain or wire with one of the lever attachment holes - there will be two or more holes - with thumb and finger and pull gently upward until the flapper begins to lift.
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