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How to change the float of a toilet?

How to change the float of a toilet?

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Prepare to change the WC float

Attention, surprise, for changing the float of a toilet, we start by ... cutting off the water, won. In general, a water inlet tap is located right next to the water tank, on the pipe connecting the toilet to the supply. But failing that, it is always possible to cut the general power supply. Once the water is off, we flush the toilet to empty it, then we get to work. We unscrew the flushing system, in other words the button or the flush knob which can differ depending on the model. We remove it, then we lift the tank cover (beware, it's often heavy ...) and we gently place it further.

Before even changing the WC float, we carry out a few manipulations: sometimes, a float rod improperly embedded, bent, or an improperly tightened screw is enough to prevent the float from returning to the correct position. Now that says float in the wrong position says water tank that empties and fills continuously, a leak! We check, we screw again, we tighten, then we close everything and we restart the water. If the leak is still there, this time it's time to change the toilet flush float.

Remove the old float from a toilet

Is the water supply cut off, the toilet flushed, the button unscrewed and the water tank cover removed? From there, two options: either the new toilet float uses exactly the same system, in which case it will not be necessary to unscrew the water inlet nut, the one that brings the water hose into the tank. It then suffices to unhook the float which falls to the bottom of the bowl, then unhook the rod of the float from the fixed part of the water inlet. All these elements are in principle plastic and simply clipped, once dislodged, we can therefore remove them from the tank. It only remains to unscrew by hand the fixed part of water inlet, that which is screwed into the side of the tank, and the WC are ready to accommodate the new float!

In the second case, it may be inevitable to completely unscrew the water supply, on the side of the tank, to remove the damaged toilet float. This is sometimes the case with an old system, old toilets or if the seal and the nut have to be changed too. This time we have a pair of pliers to hold the float nut, and an adjustable wrench to loosen the nut on the water inlet, outside the tank. We finish unscrewing by hand and then keep the float inside, before unscrewing the float nut, using an adjustable wrench and finishing by hand. Once the two nuts are unscrewed, the float is free, all that remains is to remove it from the tank.

Replace a toilet float

Once the old flush system was removed, the hard part was done and let's be honest, nothing was really hard. We will now have to proceed in exactly the same way, but in reverse! First case, therefore, we re-screw the water intake system inside the tank. The new float is replaced inside, the guide is hooked on the water inlet and then the float rod is fixed to the guide. Same principle for the second scenario, we place the new toilet float block, screw the first and then the second nut back on and finish tightening with the adjustable wrench. All you have to do is close the lid, screw the button back on and reopen the water!