I have a slow-filling toilet, and it looks like a common fix is to clean out the fill valve. For some types of fill valve you just push down and turn to take it apart; this one, apparently an R&T A1250 or similar, I don't know how to take apart. I'm on the verge of giving in and calling the plumber, but if one of you fine folk happen to know what to do I may try doing it myself. Here's a picture of it.

  • Can't get it apart to clean it will not turn. Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 18:58

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I have an R&T A1260, which looks very similar. This is how you open it up. At the bottom, you'll see a little pull tab. Pulling on it will remove a filter. Filter pull tab Filter removed

The top has a blue cap that can be lifted by the two protrusions. Blue capBlue cap removed

There is a horizontal pin here that you can remove with a pair of needlenose pliers by simply pulling it out. Pin removed

This frees up the water level adjustment arm, which you can set off to the side. Now you want to rotate the whole top part so that the groove that held the adjustment arm rotates to align with the green overflow tube, which is about 15° counterclockwise. Take a pair of standard (not needlenose) pliers and grip the two raised walls that contained the adjustment arm, push down into the shaft and turn. This unlocks the top of the mechanism so you can just remove it.

Top housing rotated Housing removed

With your needlenose pliers, grab the inner plunger and lift it out.

Plunger extended

When it stops, gently tug on it with some more force. There are some O-rings that give some resistance but you should be able to overcome it easily. This pops the whole plunger out, finally exposing the inner chamber of the shaft.

Inside shaft

In my case, I found a piece of metal that had blocked the inlet. It's otherwise in good shape, except perhaps for the worn gasket at the bottom. Yes you could replace the whole thing, but if you have the patience to disassemble and clean it out, you could probably get a few more years of life out of it.

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    Holy cow! This may be one of the best, most detailed answers I've ever seen on DIY!
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jan 22, 2021 at 15:24

I'd think if you called a plumber, they'd just replace the valve. I've fixed my fair share of toilets and I've never 'cleaned' and then re-installed a fill valve; there's no way to back that up. You'd get to call me back for free to do what I should've done in the first place; replace it.

That is of course, assuming the shut-off valve and the line isn't clogged. You could try closing it to squish any crud that may be blocking flow. If you do, you should disconnect it from the toilet and bleed it into a bucket while you open and close it a few times (that's what you should be doing if you have to replace the fill valve anyway).

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    Plumber came and replaced the fill valve and fixed some other stuff (old owners did a DIY installation that was not exactly 💯 according to plumber). Replacement is a Fluidmaster fill valve and here are the instrcutions the kind of cleaning I was thinking about on this model: fluidmaster.com/toilet-fill-valve-runs-non-stop.html
    – twotwotwo
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 0:54

I have two seasonal residences that are on wells that have the same toilet valves as the R&T valve shown in the first response. Periodically silt clogs the strainer that is inside the bottom of the valve. This clogging is the cause of the water flow being reduced. To access this strainer,

  1. turn the water off,
  2. drain the toilet tank.
  3. disconnect the water inlet at the bottom of the toilet.
  4. uninstall the water valve by undoing the 1" nut holding the valve at the outside bottom of the tank.
  5. remove the nut, washer, and rubber gasket and put aside.
  6. remove the valve.
  7. at the bottom of the valve there is a plastic screen. It can easily be removed by gently prying it out with a very small Remove the debris by rinsing it from the outside-in with high flow water and a small scrub brush or old tooth brush..
  8. re-install the screen.
  9. to assure a good seal of the valve, clean the inside and outside of the toilet tank where the valve sits, wipe clean the outside of the valve rubber seal and the outside gasket removed in step 5.
  10. Re-install the valve, turn the water on, and check for leaks. If alls well, the toilet should now fill properly.

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