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Handyman or Licensed HVAC Contractor?

What’s the difference between a San Diego HVAC Contractor and a Local Handyman?

Not every state requires licensing, certifications, or even formal training for people to perform HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) services. And many local handymen have a wide variety of skills and background to perform areas in HAVC work. However, there is a big difference between a seasoned professional and a handyman.

Training & Certifications

A licensed and trained San Diego HVAC Contractor will not only have the proper education, but in order to become certified and pass courses, they must be also up to date on all local regulations and laws that ensure safety

A local handyman may have some education or general working knowledge, but without certification, you cannot be certain they understand and adhere to all safety aspects of heating & air

Permits & Inspections

All homeowners and business owners who change out a central furnace, air conditioning, ventilation system (and many other large appliances) must have a permit pulled. When a San Diego HVAC contractor installs your system, they are bound by the California State Licensing Board to pull the appropriate permit and have a final inspection completed

Handyman services can pull permits, and the inspection would be completed by a licensed contractor. You could potentially have to hire a licensed contractor anyway, as any repairs that might come up in inspection would require one before the hob would pass and be signed off by the inspector.


A licensed San Diego HVAC Contractor is concerned with reputation. Whether is a small company or a large operation with over 36 years of experience, like Bill Howe, licensed contractors understand that our customers will be calling us back for years to come. When you choose the right contractor, their reputation is at stake if they are not following all safety and state procedure

While it might be tempting to hire a local handyman, only a licensed contractor will have the guarantees and training to protect your property, and your family will adherence to all safety standards.

It is always best to do your research and check licenses for anyone working on your home. Not only to ensure training and knowledge to do your job right, but the CLSB will also let you know about insurance and personnel which means you are protracted by that by licensed HVAC specialists in San Diego if anything goes wrong.

Bill Howe has been your licensed HVAC specialist in San Diego since 2007, and Bill Howe has been in business since 19+80. That’s over 36 years of guarantees and education in all plumbing heating & air services.

So when you’re in need of a new furnace, air conditioner, you know who to call 1-800 Bill Howe (245-5469).



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What David says about us

Service for new garbage disposal. My ancient garbage disposal quit working, went online to get Bill Howe’s number, immediately received and accepted chat to describe my needs. Prompt call back to schedule an appointment, service tech Allen was out same morning, which was important to fit my work schedule. Job estimate was clear, work done fully to my expectations, area left clean, and price was very fair.
I was not surprised — I have used Bill Howe plumbers for several other tasks in the past. I have always found their staff to be helpful, attentive, and the plumbers very courteous and capable.

January 2020


What Michelle says about us

I have been using Bill Howe since the late 1980’s, their service has always been excellent, plumbing, heating and restoration. I am most impressed by the integrity of their employees, not only do they know their work/skill, they do not waste time, they are so efficient, they are so helpful and they are a true “service”!

February 2020


What Mira says about us

Bill Howe never fails us! We had a drain overflow, and Scott came (on a Saturday) to look at it and offer solution. He was punctual, professional, and extremely helpful. I should also praise the main office for always being helpful and always finding solutions. Very grateful to have you in San Diego!

February 2020

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What Ed Gohlich says about us

Cory was our technician on this job. We had a time sensitive repair issue and Bill Howe understood and assisted with getting the job done quickly.
Cory was on time to start the job and finished it quickly. Upon his leaving our home he’s was courteous, very knowledgeable, explaining what the problem was and how he fixed it. Very good communication and this is the way it’s has always been when we use Bill Howe plumbing.
Great company to work with.
Thanks Cory.

August 2019

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What Eric says about us

I had a shower that would not drain. The employee arrived on time and fixed the problem quickly and effectively at a very fair price. I was very happy with everything. Thank you and I highly recommend your plumbing service.

January 2019


What Bridgett says about us

I am extremely happy with the service we received from Bill Howe Plumbing. We were given an incorrect diagnosis of our main sewer line from another vendor, but Bill Howe’s servicemen came out for a second opinion, correctly diagnosed our problem and resolved our back up issues. We will continue to use Bill Howe for all our future plumbing needs!

Thank you Bill Howe Plumbing.

July 2019