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Water Heater Repair & Installation

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Water Heater Repair & Installation

Bill Howe Plumbing has installed over 25,000 water heaters in San Diego since opening for business in 1980 and repaired just as many. Bill Howe knows water heaters, inside and out.

While Bill Howe’s expert water heater plumbing technicians can work on and install many brands of water heaters, for over 35 years, recommended brands include RUUD and Rheem for traditional gas and electric tank water heaters and Noritz and Rinnai brands of tankless water heaters.

Bill Howe has trained and certified hot water heater specialists in all brands of water heaters, from minor repairs, annual maintenance, and expert installation.


Common Water Heater Problems

Rust & Corrosion

Rusting and corrosion on the exterior of the water heater, inlet pipes, or parts can indicate a potential issue with the water heater. It can also mean the water heater is near the end of its life if it is more than 6 or 7 years old. With heavy corrosion buildup on valves for water lines to and from the heater, it could mean that there have been fluctuations in pressure causing small leaks.

Severe rust, or rusty water, could mean the tank will need to be replaced. As water heater age, sediment buildup and corrodes the inside of the tank and rust can develop allowing it into the main water supply. In most cases, this means a water heater replacement.

Leaking Water Heater

It is common for water heaters to leak due to fluctuating pressure, and the temperature and pressure relief valve is part of the unit for that exact reason. But while small drips should not be cause for concern, homeowners should keep an eye on the water heater leaks.

If the water heater is leaking from the bottom of the tank, that is an indication the tank is failing and will need to be replaced. If it is in a garage and a small slow leak, schedule an estimate as soon as possible and ensure nothing is near the heater that could be potentially damaged. Leaking water heaters can burst causing water damage and flooding of homes.

If the leaking water heater is inside of the home, it is nest to immediately run the water off to the heater and schedule an appointment with a plumber to avoid flooding inside of the home.

Pilot Light Not Staying Lit

Just like any mechanical appliance, at times parts will stop working properly. It is rare, but the part on some water heaters that keep the pilot lit can go out. Sometimes, relighting the pilot is all it takes, but sometimes the part will need to be replaced. Generally, as long as the water heater is within warranty, the manufacturer can send the part and a plumber can replace it in under an hour.

It is always a good idea to be safe and let a professional inspect the unit, however, as it could be a larger issue. San Diego Gas & Electric will also come to inspect water heaters free of charge, but if there is a potential gas leak, they may shut off the gas to the entire home until it is repaired and inspected. Homeowners can schedule an appointment with a plumber to detect gas leaks and make proper repairs.


Water Heater Repairs and Replacement

The first step in any water heater repair or replacement, is an estimate. Bill Howe offers free estimates for all tankless and traditional tank water heater replacements and repair services. In most repair scenarios, the plumbers at Bill Howe are able to also visually assess the problems and provide a free estimate for most repairs.

Bill Howe proudly installs RUUD and Rheem water heaters, with quick and seamless warranty work on water heaters still under warranty. For other brands, Bill Howes plumbers are able to work directly with the manufacturer and assist in warranty repairs. Homeowners can also call the manufacturer for information on current warranty status.

Tankless water heating units are becoming more popular due to the luxury of endless hot water and space saving applications. While they are more expensive to install, they provide many benefits homeowners are looking for when replacing a water heater such as their increased energy efficiency. If the old and inefficient water heater is leaking and needs replaced, it is a good time to talk to the professionals and see if tankless hot water heaters are right for you.

In addition to energy efficient ratings, tankless water heaters have longer standard warranties and offer several tankless repair options if a problem does occur that can save homeowners money in the long run.

Bill Howe proudly repairs and installs Noritz and Rinnai brand tankless water heaters.


Fast and Reliable Service

Bill Howe San Diego plumbers are available to assess, repair and install water heaters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In some cases, warranty issues may take more time due to manufacturer hours, but every effort is made to ensure homeowners have hot water when they need it.

For service, homeowners can call 1-800 BILL HOWE (245-5469),  book an appointment online at their convenience, or use live chat to speak with one of our customer service representatives.

Our Bill Howe San Diego water heater repair team plumbers are trained and certified in water heater repairs, installations, and diagnosis for both tankless and traditional tank heaters. We are a one stop shop for all residential and commercial hot water heater repair needs!

Most water heater repair services can be scheduled quickly and estimates are available Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. Plus, most homeowners can get a phone quote with a click, call or chat.


For more information or to schedule an appointment please call, 1-800-BILL-HOWE (1-800-245-5469)

What Andy B. via Lennox Pro says about us

We have been using Bill Howe Plumbing’s service for more than 25 years and have been pleasantly surprised at how consistently they perform an excellent service call. We use them for our home and our rental properties, and their dispatchers and technicians have always been the best at problem solving; our tenants have told us how great the service is as well. When we needed air conditioning service, naturally we called Bill Howe first. There’s no reason to call anyone else. I know the job will be done right the first time, with fair pricing and professional service.

March 2017

Heating & Cooling

What Cristina C. via Yelp says about us

This time we had a major issue with our sewage line related to roots. Was terrible. But we called Billy Howe and Mike came and did an Incredible job. Not only he explained really well what was going on but he was careful and knowledgeable. I was so relief that not only we trust in BH team but we were lucky that was Mike coming to execute the service.

March 2017

Lining Solutions

What Uvonne Albers says about us

Water damage is a terrible thing to go through; however, it helps to know that Bill Howe’s Restoration and Flood Services will be there quickly and efficiently when needed. Christian and Carlos make a great team. They are friendly, polite, and hard working. They are a credit to the Bill Howe Services, and I’m glad they were here to help me. Thank you Christian and Carlos and the Bill Howe crew. I always call Bill Howe Plumbing, and recommend their services to State Farm Insurance, neighbors and friends. Thank you,

March 2015

Restoration & Flood

What David Chatham says about us

We have used Bill Howe Plumbing many times in the past. The technicians are always pleasant, professional and do outstanding work. Our last experience was with Jason who went above and beyond our expectations. His communication skills and advise were spot on. As well as just a really, really nice man!!!

March 2015


What Esther La Fuze says about us

You have an incredible team! My suite has had major issues constant backups. In the last few months we had a horrible flood that caused us thousands of dollars in repairs. Your team was so attentive and took care of all the repairs. Just yesterday another back up called them immediately and like quick responders they were there to take of it! A huge thank you from my La Costa providers and staff! We appreciate your hard and dedicated work!

March 2015

Restoration & Flood

What Heather K. via Yelp says about us

Bill Howe responded promptly to my request for remediation services for my place and the condo below my unit. They were clear about their pricing, up front.

March 2017