How to Fix a Running Toilet Handle

Your toilet never seems to give you trouble. And then out of nowhere, the handle refuses to pop back into the position after a flush, causing your tank to run endlessly until you manually move the handle back into place. If you are suffering from this mind-numbing bathroom problem, continue reading to learn what you can do to fix it and prevent it from happening again.

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Fixing a Stuck Toilet Handle

There are a few different reasons why your toilet handle is sticking, and thus, causing your toilet to run and run until moved back into place. You see, the handle is attached to a lever assembly, which is attached to a wire or chain inside the tank. This lever and chain is attached to a flapper, or flush ball, which basically acts as a drain stopper. This setup springs a handle back into position after a flush.

But sometimes, this chain or wire connected to the lever assembly can get tangled or caught on another component, causing the toilet handle to stick. Now that you understand what may be causing your stubborn toilet handle problems, you are better equipped to fix it all on your own. Fortunately, it only takes a few simple adjustments to undo the jam.

Here’s What You Will Need:

☑ Rubber Gloves

Unless you don’t mind sticking your hands into the back of your toilet tank, it is recommended to don some cleaning gloves. But don’t worry too much; toilet tank water is actually very clean.

☑ Fingers

You will likely be touching, grasping, and moving around some components inside the tank, so be prepared to use your fingers to do the job.

How to Start:

⇰ First, look behind your toilet and shut off the toilet water supply valve by turning the handle clockwise.

⇰ Next, don your gloves and remove the tank lid from the back of your toilet.

⇰ Now flush your toilet.

⇰ Once the toilet is flushed, press the handle down a few times to observe the mechanical operation of all the moving components in the tank. This can tell you where the hang up is coming from. Watch the movement of the handle, lever, chain or wire, and the flapper.

⇰ If the float and connecting rod are in the way of the lever assembly, including the chain or wire, move it in another direction to stop the obstruction.

⇰ If you see a kink or snag in the chain, release it and set it straight.

⇰ Turn on your toilet water supply and flush your toilet to ensure smooth operation.

If You are Still Having Plumbing Issues…

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