How to Repair a Stuck Handle on a Toilet

The flusher handle on my toilet stays down and won’t come back up. How can I fix it? -Dee

Hi Dee,

There’s a small tab on the inside of the handle mechanism that acts as a stop to hold the handle in the upright position. If the tab is worn or broken, the toilet handle won’t stay up.

To fix a toilet handle that won’t come back up when flushed, you’ll need to replace the handle. If you can’t find a handle that fits, you might have to replace the entire handle mechanism.

Different makes and models of toilets vary on how to do this, but generally you will need to:

  • Remove the lid from the tank.
  • Unhook the chain from the handle arm.
  • Unscrew the nut inside the tank that holds the handle mechanism.
  • Pull the handle mechanism out of the tank.
  • Unscrew the handle from the handle mechanism and replace it, or replace the entire handle mechanism.
  • Slide the handle mechanism back in the tank.
  • Screw the nut back on the handle mechanism from inside the tank.
  • Reattach the chain to the handle mechanism.
  • Flush the toilet to see if it works okay.
  • Put the lid back on the tank.

Good luck with your project,


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    December 8th, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Hi, Mario,
    “I’ve never seen one with a spring, but they are extremely easy and affordable to replace. I recommend checking Fluidmaster’s selection of toilet handles. Good luck!”

  • Mario Vickram Sen Says:
    October 22nd, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    It looks like my toilet handle has a spring inside it, but I cannot open it up. It is locked in with a stripped allen screw. should I just replace it. Or can I fix that somehow?

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    August 14th, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Hi, Joe,
    There are countless toilets on the market, and each has its unique features, so we would recommend contacting the manufacturer to see what might help this situation.
    Good luck!

  • joe hills Says:
    August 12th, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    the handle is porcelain has screw
    inside tank. can not break it loose
    tried spray nut cracker. nothing
    everything. the screw will not turn. phillips nut soft head

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