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Air Conditioning (AC) & Heating Repair Services in San Diego, CA

Whether you want to keep cool in hot weather or stay warm and cozy in chilly temperatures, you can count on Bill Howe for all your air conditioning and heating repair needs. We've been proudly servicing the San Diego area for over 43 years and have been providing heating and air conditioning repair, installation and maintenance since 2007.

Heating and Air Conditioning Services

Our technicians are trained in all types of heating and AC systems. We perform air conditioning repairs on your current system, installation of new systems, and the replacement of old units when they wear out.   Our experienced team is ready to help you with any of the following:   No matter your HVAC needs, our team can take care of them. Give us a call to discuss how we can help today.

Air Conditioning and Heating Repair

As your system ages, some components are subject to wear and tear and need to be replaced. The Bill Howe Team will come in, perform a thorough inspection and diagnose the issue. We’ll recommend HVAC repair or replacement based on what’s best for our customers.   Our service technicians are trained to handle all kinds of air conditioning repairs and heating services, from replacing worn belts and hoses to fixing compressors. Our trucks are fully stocked with common parts, so we can get your system back up and running immediately. Once our team finds the problem, we’ll provide you with an estimate for the cost of your heating or AC repair.

HVAC Replacement and Installation of New Systems

Replacing a heating and air conditioning system is a major investment. We’ll provide air conditioning repairs on your old unit for as long as possible, but when the time comes to replace it with a more efficient unit. We’re here to help with that, too.   Our team will help you decide on the type of system that works best for your home and budget. We’ll answer your questions to assist you in making the right choice for a system that improves indoor air quality and runs more efficiently. Our team is experienced in installing all kinds of systems and performs the highest quality work in the industry.   If you have a new build and want to install an HVAC system, we’ll complete the installation, including ductwork. We can provide an estimate before we get started so there are no unpleasant surprises. We work with traditional package systems, ductless air conditioning, and high efficiency heat pumps.

Bill Howe is Your Trusted Service Team

We understand that safety is a top priority for all our customers. Rest assured that we take your safety seriously as well. We hire and train the best in the business. All our service and install technicians are background checked and drug tested. They will treat you and your property with respect and clean up after they finish an air conditioning repair or heater service. You can count on every Bill Howe team member to be professional and courteous.   Everyone at Bill Howe stays up to date on the latest technology. We learn new systems and use advanced tools and equipment to make fast and accurate repairs. At the same time, you can trust us to take care of your older system for as long as you choose to keep it.

Best San Diego AC Repair Services

Bill Howe is a trusted name for heating and air conditioning repair in San Diego. We have been providing service for our customers for more than four decades and we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Part of our dedication to our customers is proven by our 100% guarantee with extensive warranties and maintenance programs to help you save money and enjoy peace of mind with your system.   Read any of our 3000+ five-star reviews from delighted customers. Once you are ready, call us for a free estimate. Contact us at 800.BILL.HOWE today, because we know Howe!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the most common HVAC problems?

The most common issues that indicate the need for air conditioning repair include refrigerant leaks, corrosion of wires and electronic components, water leaks and dirty filters. These problems can cause issues like intermittent functioning, temperature fluctuations, a unit that refuses to turn on, an unresponsive thermostat, a system that takes a long time to heat or cool your home, and high energy bills. Most of these problems are preventable with routine maintenance and repair.

How do I know if my air conditioner needs repair?

If your system runs but doesn't heat or cool well, you notice rattling, grinding or loud humming noises, air ducts and vents are noticeably dirty, your unit emits an odor, you see leaks or water puddles near the unit, you notice a change in airflow or indoor humidity, these are all signs that you should call for air conditioner repair.

How many years should an HVAC system last?

In general, an HVAC system should last between 15 and 25 years. However, it depends on the type of system you have and its maintenance history. A heating and air conditioning system that gets annual inspections and regular filter replacements will have less wear and tear on the components, which means it should last longer.   How much the system runs also impacts its lifespan. For instance, if you like to keep it cold in your home during the summer with the AC running most of the time, the unit will wear out faster than if you set the thermostat several degrees warmer. Regular maintenance and inspections, along with performing AC repair when necessary will keep your unit functioning at peak efficiency until it's time to replace it.

How do I know if my heater is bad?

Common signs your heating system needs to be inspected include:
  • - Lasting or strange smells - When using your furnace for the first time during the year, there may be a slight smell. However, you may have a furnace issue if the scent does not go away or if an odd odor appears suddenly.
  • - Difficulty starting the unit or unit randomly turning off - A furnace that struggles to turn on or keep running needs attention.
  • - Non-blue pilot light and/or carbon-monoxide detector goes off - A yellow flame can indicate that the gas isn’t getting burned off completely and producing carbon monoxide in the process. If a carbon monoxide detector shows levels of CO in your home, contact Bill Howe for professional heating and air conditioning repair.
  • - Low or no heat - If the system isn't heating your home quickly or at all, it's a sign that your furnace needs attention.
  • - Humidity - If you notice the humidity levels in your home are higher than usual, or you have moisture around windows or on surfaces this is a sign that your system is not performing properly.
  • - Rising energy bill - A large increase in your energy bill can also mean your heater is not functioning properly.
  • - Furnace unusually noisy - If you hear persistent humming, rattling or buzzing noises coming from your furnace then it is time to get it repaired or replaced.
  • - Increased dust levels - Your HVAC system may need a cleaning or air filter replacement if you notice more dust or soot around the house while it is running.
  If you notice any of these signs, call for heating repair before you’re left in the cold.

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Over the last 20 years I managed the construction of several large server rooms and professional office spaces. I worked with some of the best commercial contractors in the world. I am very picky about HVAC work. I was very impressed with my recent residential installation of the heating and air conditioning pump and furnace system by Bill Howe’s team. The lead did work that was on par with the best commercial installations I’ve managed. Bravo!



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Great work by a professional team of HVAC pros. Started last week with estimator/sales rep coming to our home and was genuinely honest and professional. He thoroughly explained the entire process. They were able to fit us in much earlier than expected as they had a cancellation opening today. Technician arrived on time and did a fantastic job. Again thoroughly explained what was to be done and got it done with great professionalism and expertise. Cleaned up when finished and explained the operation of our new unit... I highly recommend them for a heating and air conditioning replacement! Great job!



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Wow, I am so happy with the service I received today!!! I received a late-night text from my tenants that their AC had stopped working in the 100-degree heat. I called Bill Howe and was able to get a technician out the next morning. The technician called before he arrived and arrived first thing in the morning. Quickly assessed and fixed the AC right on the spot without breaking the bank!!! My tenants were overjoyed, and I was happy, relieved, and grateful for the quick and excellent service.

Thank you Bill Howe!!!



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Areas of Expertise and Active Certifications

  • HVAC Installation, Repair and Maintenance
  • Residential and Commercial
  • Light Commercial HVAC
  • Duct Cleaning
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Whole House Re-ducting
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