If you’ve ever had to look for parts for your Eljer toilet, you know it can sometimes be a challenge.
The easiest way to find the right repair parts for any Eljer toilet is, of course, to break out your original paperwork, see what model you have and order the right parts from our website. Super easy and the parts deliver right to your door!
But what if the dog ate your paperwork, it got lost in the great paper shuffle of ’89, or you simply tossed all that stuff when the warranty ran out? Read on and we’ll walk you through it.
With most brands of toilets, you can usually find the toilet and/or tank model number actually impressed into the porcelain inside the tank. This is the number you need so Eljer or your favorite plumbing supply house can find your toilet’s repair parts. Eljer tank numbers are seven digits long and typically begin with a 141, 151, or 131 (example: 141-1234). Sometimes the number will be repeated on the underside of the tank lid. Unfortunately, we’ve seen a good number of older Eljer toilets where no number was visible.
Okay, so if you don’t have your paperwork, can’t find a model number and all you know is that you have an Eljer toilet, how do you find parts?
By the way, this post isn’t discussing pressure assisted toilets. We do not offer or sell parts for them (with the possible exception of trip levers). This article is discussing “normal” gravity fed Eljer toilets only.
If your toilet is unique-looking, take a look at our photo gallery of Eljer toilets. If you find one that looks just like yours, compare the parts shown on the page to the parts in your tank. If everything matches up, you’re well on your way to fixing your commode!
Now, if none of the photos look exactly right, your next step is to take a look at the guts of your toilet (if you haven’t already). While a lot of Eljer toilet parts look the same, Eljer does have a couple of unique fill valves. Just check out the photo to the right! If you see a really weird-looking valve, you’re halfway to identifying the right replacement parts.
If, however, you have “average” looking parts, don’t despair. Armed with a few measurements, you can actually figure out what the OEM parts are if you talk to someone at a knowledgeable supply house (oh, a 5-1/2″ Eljer flush valve, yeah, that’s probably the 495-5514-00).
Remember when we mentioned measurements? If you have your old parts, you can just measure them and call your favorite plumbing supply house.
If you don’t have your old parts, you’ll need two main measurements to figure out what will fit in your tank – your overall tank depth and the maximum water depth for your tank. Why? Because the height of your tank determines the maximum height your fill valve can be and the maximum water depth determines how tall your flush valve can be. Makes sense when you think about it, right?
Take a ruler or measuring tape and see how tall the inside of your tank is from the bottom of your tank to the top of the porcelain. This is your tank depth and part of how to figure out your fill valve height.
Now measure from the bottom of the tank to the first place water can escape. In many cases, the first place water can escape from is the trip lever. Your replacement flush valve should be about an inch shorter than that measurement. Your replacement fill valve should be at least an inch taller than your flush valve’s overflow tube and shorter than the overall tank depth.
Oh yeah, you’ll also want to measure the diameter of the holes the fill and flush valves fit into, since you’re there anyway. These are usually the same from toilet to toilet (but not always), so just to be on the safe side, go ahead and record them too. Then call your trusty plumbing supply house for help finding the right toilet guts for your Eljer toilet.
Unfortunately, there are times when all the measurements and information in the world just won’t help. Eljer (like most toilet manufacturers) had a couple of models with guts like nothing else. In fact, we remember the Eljer Silette which used an Indiana Brass fill valve (a 79E, if memory serves) that had the gasket at the top and the tank had a shroud built into the tank that the valve fit right into – that’s right, a built-in, non-replaceable, porcelain toilet part… Unfortunately, that valve was discontinued years ago, and because of the design of the tank, a universal third-party valve simply won’t work. To the best of our knowledge no replacement was ever specified. So if you have one of those and your entire fill valve ever needs to be replaced, you’ll most likely get to throw up your hands and go new toilet shopping.
Your turn: what’s the most difficult toilet to find parts for?