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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 Joel C says about us

Very Satisfied. Michael is always on time, Michael has been doing all of the plumbing related to our remodel. He always does exactly what he commits to do within the estimated cost. He keeps me informed if any wrinkles pop up, and his plumbing skills are excellent as we have had no problems or issues arise after he has left. Very professional! Highly recommend.

August 2019


What Rick M says about us

We had other companies come out for estimates on what was considered a major job with jackhammers and replacing cast iron pipes under the house… having been stung before, we wanted another estimate just to make sure we were making an informed decision. The prior estimates went up to $21,000!
Bill Howe sent us an amazing veteran plumber, Dashawn and his co- worker Anthony. Dashawn did a thorough check of the problem, explained what he thought was needed … he did a final check and we were able to see for ourselves what was the problem. He recommended a complete cleaning to de-scale the pipes, and not the major work we dreaded. Thanks to his solid analysis and patience in making sure we saw what he saw, the issue was resolved completely, and saved us thousands of unnecessary work. None of the other estimates included the cleaning; only the major repairs. Thanks to Dashawn’s knowledge, professionalism and honesty, we’re Bill Howe customers.

August 2019


What Carolyn Housman says about us

This was our second excellent experience with Bill Howe. We had a blocked kitchen sink drain 8/5. I was able to get a same day appointment which is AMAZING. Person on phone was very courteous and set me up right away. Tony arrived at the house (called me 30 minutes out so I was able to be ready). He diagnosed the issue (blocked drain, not the garbage compactor) and was able to snake it and ran the water for 10 minutes to be sure the drains were clear. He cleaned up everything and you would not have known he was even there. Thank-you Tony and Bill Howe, you always know how.

August 2019


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