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Water Heater Repair & Installation

Is your water heater acting up and you want a professional to look at it? Bill Howe Plumbing is a trustworthy team of specialists who will fix the problem. We will provide you with any assistance regarding your water heater – be it maintenance, repair, installation, or replacement of an old water heater with a new one.  

Call Bill Howe Plumbing for certified and warrantied water heater repair. We have installed over 25,000 water heaters and repaired just as many since opening in 1980.

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

Before you make a decision on whether or not your water heater needs a repair or replacement, have a certified Bill Howe technician perform a diagnosis and give you a recommendation on what to do next. No matter if you have a traditional or tankless water heater, Bill Howe offers free estimates for needed intervention. 

Bill Howe repairs all water heaters still under warranty. Whether we carry the brand or not, Bill Howe’s plumbers will be able to work directly with the manufacturer to complete warranty repairs.



Common Water Heater Problems

There are several typical problems a water heater user can face, depending on what type of heating system you have installed.

If an electric water heater stopped producing hot water, it could be a simple problem like a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Besides that, some electric water heaters have a circuit-style safety switch placed near or on the thermostat.

While conventional water heaters don’t need to be cleaned often, tankless water heaters require more care and monitoring.

When it comes to tankless water heaters, the most common problem they face is mineral buildup. Check for it regularly.

Here are the most common issues that may arise with water heaters.

Rust & Corrosion

Rust and corrosion are common issues with water heaters. Usually found on the exterior of the tank, inlet pipes and inlet parts, rust and corrosion are telltale signs 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 it is more than 6 years old. If you’ve noticed rust 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.

Make sure to routinely check for rust to help you catch the problem at the start.

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 has 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.

Popping Noises

If you hear strange snapping or popping sounds coming from your water heater, there’s no reason to worry. The sounds mean that sediments are mixing together and the water heater simply needs to be rinsed. Call Bill Howe Plumbing and let our technician get it done for you promptly. 

Water Takes Too Long to Turn Warm

Most likely, this indicates an issue with the heating element in your water heater. A specialist can determine if the heating element can be fixed or needs to be replaced with a new one.

Sudden Temperature Change

Have you noticed sudden splashes of cold water while hot water is supposed to be running? If this starts happening, it’s most likely that there’s a crack in the dip tube connecting cold water with your water heater. Request a specialist visit with Bill Howe Plumbing to have that crack repaired.

Your Water Heater Isn’t Working – What’s Next?

In the event of a water heater suddenly not working, don’t try to repair it yourself. You might potentially cause more damage that would result in additional work and repair cost. Your safest bet is to call a professional at Bill Howe and have a certified plumber conduct an inspection and make necessary repairs. You can call us anytime to request any water treatment services



Fast and Reliable Service

Bill Howe offers 24/7 service for all water heater repairs, assessments, and installations, among other plumbing services. 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: What types of hot water heaters are there?

A: The five main types of water heaters include 

  • Conventional is one of the most popular types of heaters. 
  • Tankless heaters work on super-heated coils and produce instantly heated water. 
  • Solar heaters use energy generated by using roof-mounted panels that are independent of the power grid.
  • Condensing heaters redirect hot exhaust gas that is then used to heat the water tank.
  • Heat pump or hybrid heater is the best alternative to fuel or electric heaters.

Q: Can I simply patch a water heater leak myself?

A: Let’s say you have a water heater with a tank. You’ve found a leak and are certain there are no other issues. It may seem that patching up the tank should work just fine. Unfortunately, that’s not the case when it comes to repairing water heaters. The inside of the tank eventually corrodes from being exposed to mineral deposits and from the constant strain of expanding from heat and reduction from cooling. Sadly, there is no way to repair a leaking tank. The only thing you can do at this stage is to replace your water heater with a new one.

Q: Which brand water heater is best?

A: Bill Howe carries all the top-of-the-line water heater brands, including Ruud and Rheem. We will consult you on all the types of heaters and will help you pick the most efficient one for your home while keeping your specific needs in mind. Every type of heater has its pros and cons, so give us a call and we’ll walk you through it.

Q How long does a water heater usually last?

A:  A residential water heater typically lasts between 6 and 13 years. It’s smart to plan a water heater replacement before there’s a risk of a leak or the heater bursting in your basement or garage.

Q: Should I get a conventional or tankless water heater?

A: 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 more energy efficiency and reduced chance of leakage.

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

When the time comes to install a new water heater, and you are still in doubt about what type of heater suits your needs best, give us a call. A Bill Howe Plumbing specialist will help you compare the different types of heaters so that you can choose the one that perfectly suits your situation. 


“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