NOISY SLOAN FLUSHMATE TOILET
by Jess Stryker
Sometimes toilet models that use the Sloan Flushmate system, will make an objectionable noise when flushed. This noise occurs just AFTER the toilet has flushed, while the tank is refilling. A somewhat loud whooshing noise is normal when this type of toilet is flushed, this sounds similar to the noise a commercial toilet makes.
This objectionable noise sounds something like an old-style foghorn, a loud groan, or vibration (it is cause by vibration, so that makes sense!) Some people may find that it sounds like a ghost, cow, or some other animal. Often it is a two-toned noise with a high pitch at first and then a lower pitch after. I think it sounds like the fog horn on that old soap commercial that went "B.... O...." Now I'm dating myself, since that commercial hasn't been around for many, many years!
Fortunately this problem is very easy to cure. Simply follow the instructions below.
- Remove the ceramic cover from the tank on the back of the toilet.
- Fill a one-gallon jug with water.
- Pour the water into the toilet tank. Just pour it over the top of the black plastic Flushmate container. It will run down the sides into the bottom of the ceramic tank. See photo below.
- Now flush the toilet. The noise should be gone.
That's all there is to it.
If this did not fix the problem there is a separate issue regarding Flushmate toilets made prior to the year 2000. The noise these older toilets make is at the start of the flush cycle and is due to a defect or misadjustment. You will find instructions for fixing this problem at Sloan's website; click here.
Why just adding water works:
To prevent condensation from filling up the ceramic tank there is a water release valve at the bottom of the ceramic tank, under the black Flushmate unit. Sometimes this valve becomes stuck, which results in the noise that you were hearing. Pouring water into the tank causes the valve to unstick.
Sloan Flushmate systems are used in toilets made by the following companies: American Standard, Capizzi, Crane, Ellipse, Eljer, Gerber, HCG, Kohler, Lamosa, Mancesa, Mansfield, Orion, Peerless Pottery, Vitra, Vitromex, Vortens, Western, Xinqi.
Text and Images by Jess Stryker. Copyright © Jess Stryker, 2007. All rights reserved.