American Standard VentAway toilets came into fashion in the late 1960s and continued to be manufactured throughout the 1970s. They were very expensive, and high tech for their time, and so many people and builders bought them, thinking that they were getting the next big thing.
American Standard Vent Away Toilet Troubleshooting & Repair Guide If you have a higher end home built around the 1970s, you may have the American Standard one piece toilets installed in your home. The ventaway supposedly used newfangled hardware that vented away the odor in the room along with the waste, as you flushed it. I am not convinced that they really worked that well, and the only thing that is fir sure is the headache caused from trying to repair these toilets.
American Standard Vent Away repair parts.
Unlike many toilet models, American Standard Vent Away toilets DO NOT have universal parts that you can just pick up any where.
Youll have to order these parts from a specialty supply store, or shop online. And be prepared for a sticker shock, as these parts run between $300 ro $400 retail!!! Not only that but these toilets are not efficient at all by todays standards, and waste a TON of water. Also, these toilets are among the most difficult to repair of all the common toilet brands, so if you are not prepared to spend $300 to $400 and spend all day getting parts and tinkering around in the back of your toilet, just stop reading right now and go shopping online for a brand new toilet! It will save you a lot of money and headache.
If you are quite a handy person, and you dont mind tracking down the parts, spending a fortune on parts, and tinkering in the back of your toilet all day just so you have an old water wasting toilet that works, then read on
First of all let us go over the most common problems associated with these toilets using a diagnostic chart:
This American Standard Vent Away toilet diagnostic chart has a list of all the most common toilet problems in the left column. Directly to the right of the problem, the second column has the corresponding solutions, with a link to the article if there is one.
The key to a good toilet repair is finding out exactly what is going wrong first. Otherwise you can spend a lot of time and money buying and replacing parts that arent even the source of the problem! Using this chart allows you to quickly and expertly troubleshoot your toilet problem and find the right solution.
Toilet runs intermittently, filling the tank without anyone using it. After filling, the toilet bowl still has ripples in it from water leaking out of the tank.
Replace the flapper.
Replace the flush valve.
Toilet runs constantly and will not shut off.
Replace the fill valve.
Toilet wont flush unless the handle is held down.
Adjust the flapper chain.
Toilet wont flush at all, the handle just flops around.
Replace the handle.
Toilet leaks on the floor from the supply line.
Replace the supply line.
Toilet leaks from the shutoff valve handle.
Replace the shutoff valve.
Toilet is loose, wobbles, has an odor, or leaks at the base.
Reset the toilet.
Repair the closet flange.
I linked the articles containing the solutions to the universal parts and functions of your American Standard Vent Away toilet. The two areas that I did not link are the fill valve, and the flush valve / flapper. These are the unique, specialty repair parts that cost a serious fortune, last I heard around $400. As stated above these parts will likely have to be special ordered for a decent sized sum of money. The American Standard Vent Away fill valve has a float ball and lever, and is very complex and cumbersome to install.
The American Standard Vent Away one piece flush valve has a rubber seal underneath, three small brass screws and tabs that insert into the flush valve and hold in place, and a disc type flapper.
To install the flush valve, insert the rubber seal, and push it down over the flush hole in the porcelain. While holding pressure down, swivel the brass tabs to lock the flush valve into place, and screw the brass screws down to tighten the tabs down. Be very careful not to loose the screws or tabs down the flush port! This part is a nightmare even fro experience toilet repairers, so if get frustrated or have to try this several times before you get it right, unfortunately that is normal.
Once you have the flush valve installed, hook the flapper chain onto the handle and turn the water on.