An old toilet is a cosmetic eyesore and a water hog. If you experience any of these 5 signs, you’ll benefit from replacing your toilet.

1. It needs frequent repairs

Plumbing repairs cost money and time. If your toilet needs a new fill valve, flapper, or handle, replacement may be the better option. It costs more up front, but saves you time and money.

2. Your toilet keeps clogging

If your toilet keeps clogging or needs multiple flushes to clean the bowl, you’re better served by a new toilet. Modern low flush toilets can clear a bowl with one flush. These toilets will help you save water and money in the long run.

3. The porcelain is cracked

Leaking water around the toilet may indicate a crack. If a hairline crack develops in your tank or bowl, it could cause significant damage. If you notice a crack as you clean the toilet, purchase a new toilet. There is no reliable way to seal a porcelain crack. You’re far better off replacing a toilet that’s cracked than waiting for it to break completely and cause a flood.

4. Your toilet is scratched

Over the years, the shiny porcelain of your toilet can become scratched. A worn-out toilet bowl will look dirty, even if you have just scrubbed it. If you feel like you’re always cleaning the toilet, or it never looks fresh, it might be time to upgrade your bathroom fixtures.

5. You want to save water

If you switch from a traditional to low flush toilet, you’ll save anywhere from 1 to 3 gallons of water per flush. This will reduce your water bill and your environmental impact.

Buy a toilet at a local appliance store, then hire a plumber to install it safely and remove your old toilet.