#1 San Diego Water Heater Repair, Installation & Replacement

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Water Heater Repair & Installation

If you need prompt assistance call Bill Howe Plumbing for certified and warrantied water heater repair. Having installed over 25,000 water heaters and repaired just as many since opening in 1980, Bill Howe is the company to trust with your water heater.


10% Off Water Heater Repair

Not to exceed $100. Mention this offer. Excludes tune-up specials and warranty work. Not valid with account rates. Not valid with any other discount.


Bill Howe’s team of water heater experts can recommend, repair and install a variety of hot water heaters. We recommend dependable brands such as RUUD and Rheem water heaters for traditional tank systems. If you are upgrading to a tankless system, we recommend Noritz and Rinnai tankless water heaters. From minor repairs and annual maintenance to expert installation, Bill Howe is the leader in hot water heater repair service.



Water Heater Repairs and Replacement

The first step in any water heater repair or replacement is a diagnosis performed by a certified Bill Howe technician. The technician will provide a recommendation and free estimate of service. Bill Howe offers free estimates for all traditional and tankless water heater services. 

Bill Howe repairs all water heaters still under warranty. Whether we carry the brand or not, Bill Howe’s plumbers are able to work directly with the manufacturer to complete warranty repairs. Call your manufacturer for information on current warranty status.

When replacing a hot water heater, consider going tankless. Tankless hot water heaters are rising in popularity due to the luxury of endless hot water and space-saving models. While they are more expensive to install, tankless units provide increased energy efficiency and reduced chance of leak.

In addition, tankless water heaters have longer standard warranties and offer several repair options that can save homeowners money in the long run.



Common Water Heater Problems

Rust & Corrosion

Rust and corrosion are common issues water heaters face. Usually found on the exterior of the tank, inlet pipes and inlet parts, rust and corrosion are a telltale sign that your system needs attention.

Rust on the exterior of your water heater indicates that your system is nearing the end of its life, especially if the system is more than 6 years old. If rust is found in or around your water supply, call a professional immediately to have the system replaced. A certified Bill Howe technician can recommend a new system for your home and will haul your old hot water heater away. 

Heavy corrosion buildup on water line valves indicates fluctuations in pressure, causing small leaks. Left unchecked, sediment will corrode the inside of the tank and seep into the water supply. Routine system flushes can prevent corrosion from building, extending the life of your system. Bill Howe offers water heater flush services to help prevent corrosion.

Leaking Water Heater

It is common for water heaters to leak due to fluctuating pressure through the temperature and pressure relief valve. Small drips are not cause for concern. However, homeowners should monitor the size of the leaks.

A water heater that is leaking from the bottom of the tank is failing and should be replaced immediately. If your water heater is in a garage and experiencing leaks, schedule an estimate as soon as possible. Then, remove debris and clutter away from the system. If your water heater bursts, it is smart to avoid water damage to your belongings.

For tank water heaters located inside the home, immediately cut the supply of water to the heater and schedule an appointment to avoid flooding. Bill Howe offers tips on what to do if your water heater is leaking.

Pilot Light Not Staying Lit

Just like any appliance, water heater parts can malfunction. This includes the pilot light going out. Oftentimes the solution is as simple as relighting the pilot light. Other times it can mean the pilot should be replaced. As long as the water heater is within warranty, the manufacturer can send the replacement part and we can replace it in under an hour.

When considering water heater repair, let a Bill Howe professional inspect the unit. Our water heater specialists diagnose repairs quickly and will restore your water heater to proper working order. 



Fast and Reliable Service

Bill Howe offers 24/7 service for all water heater repairs, assessments, and installations. From water heater gas line inspection to a new water heater installation, Bill Howe’s team of plumbers can diagnose and solve the problem quickly. We will even haul away your old water heater. With over 40 years of experience, Bill Howe is the company to trust with your water heater services.



Q: Which brand water heater is best?
A: Bill Howe carries all the top line water heater brands including Ruud and Rheem.

Q: Should I get a conventional or tankless water heater?
A: When it comes time to replace your water heater, you may be exploring the installation of a tankless water heater or conventional water heater. Before installing a new unit.




“Bill Howe did a new installation of a Rinnai tankless water heater with a recirculating system and remote mc 195t us controller. He did a clean, professional and precise installation of the unit. I’m extremely pleased and will definitely tell others of the quality of workmanship by Bill Howe”
-P. Alesi


“One of Bill Howe’s Technicians came to replace our ancient hot water heater tank with a tankless water heater. He explained the steps to maintain the water heater, the technology available to start the water heater, and other useful information. He even helped us out with the gas line in the kitchen. He was very courteous, professional, took a great deal of time and effort to remove/install the water heater for our house. Bill Howe’s team has exceeded our expectations and we will go back to Bill Howe’s again for any future plumbing needs.”
-June N.

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

Restoration & Flood

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

Heating & Cooling

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