Water Heater Services

Is your water heater leaking? Are you experiencing fluctuation or loss of hot water? Do you find yourself going to the internet in search of a “hot water heater repair near me”? No matter the issue, call the expert plumbers at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air. Our experienced team offers the best in water heater repairs, maintenance, and replacements in San Diego. 

Here you will find information about tank-style water heaters. If you have a tankless water heater, please visit this page to learn more.

Water Heater Maintenance

Our team recommends scheduling an annual water heater flush to extend the life of the system. This can also help homeowners avoid costly water heater repairs. Regular tank-style water heaters hold and heat water on a continuous basis. As they age, and due to San Diego’s poor water quality, sediment can build up on the bottom of the tank. It is corrosive and eats away at the interior of the water heater. This can lead to burst tanks and larger problems. With annual maintenance, sediment is removed and the water heater continues to perform at peak efficiency.

How to Tell if Your Water Heater Needs Repair

Water heater repairs are a worthwhile option if the water heater is still within its warranty period. If regular water heater maintenance has been performed it should last far beyond its warranty. Here are some ways to know if your water heater needs repair.

Your water heater is making unusual noises

The pilot light keeps going out

You find standing water under the water heater

Your water isn’t getting hot

You notice your water heater randomly fluctuating between hot and cold water

Your water heater has been shutting off

How to Tell if Your Water Heater Needs to Be Replaced

Sometimes, the heating mechanism, or thermocouple, will fail, leading to hot water fluctuations or loss of hot water entirely. Water heater repairs for cases like this can usually be performed within the warranty period. But if the water heater is 10–12 years old, it will always be recommended that homeowners replace the system altogether. 

Tank-style water heaters also have the potential to leak from the bottom and cause flooding and costly water damage. If the water heater is dripping from the bottom or is rusted, and it is over 12 years old, it’s time for a water heater replacement.

How Much Does a Water Heater Replacement Cost?

Water heater replacement costs vary. Uniform Plumbing Code is continually changing, so a water heater installed 10 years ago compared to one installed today will have different requirements. Part of our evaluation will be upgrading to the current code, including all permits. We will also ensure that all safety requirements are also up to code, such as earthquake strapping and stands. 

We install only the highest quality Bradford White tank-style water heaters. Our team provides multiple options on-site and all estimates are provided up-front.

Benefits of Choosing John Stevenson

Up-front and honest pricing

Professionally trained, licensed, and certified plumbing technicians

5 Star Service Guarantee

Best-in-class warranties

A full system evaluation prior to performing any work

Multiple repair or replacement options uniquely designed for you

What To Expect From Our Plumbing Services

We value your time and investment and know that dealing with a leaking water heater, flooding, or even loss of hot water is frustrating. We aim to alleviate your stress!

Our team will assess homeowners’ water heating needs and provide multiple options for repair, if possible, or replacement. Our estimates are uniquely designed and tailored for each customer.

After work is completed, our expert plumbers will walk you through the water heater repair or installation and take the time to answer any remaining questions; it’s all part of our 5 Star Service Guarantee!

Our customer service team will then follow up within 24 hours to make sure you are happy — we’re not happy until you’re happy!


What's The Average Lifespan Of A Water Heater?

Most tank-style water heaters last around 10-12 years. Although it is not typical, some water heaters can last as long as 20-30 years. Sediment can eat away at the inside of the tank causing leaks and necessary replacement. That is why John Stevenson recommends annual water heater flushes to restore efficiency and rid the tank of any harmful elements. We also install high-quality Bradford White water heaters that outperform the rest, and provide excellent warranties.

Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?
  • There is sediment collection
  • The tank is old
  • The storage tank is cracked
  • The drain valve is loose
  • The temperature and relief valve is faulty
  • There is too much pressure in the tank
    What Size Water Heater Do I Need?

    The size of water heater you need (in gallons) is based on the supply needed in the home. In some cases, homeowners may want a smaller water heater if it is a small household. However, we recommend sizing the water heater for the home itself considering how many bathrooms there are. The typical size for most homes will range between a 40 and 75 gallon water heater. The larger the home, the more hot water service will be needed to service demand.  It is also important to factor in lifespan and functioning when determining the right size water heater for your household, as well as consideration for the future sale of the home. An undersized water heater could be a factor, adn will definitely affect showers, dishwashing, laundry services and visitors.

    How Do I Maintain My Water Heater?

    Maintaining your water heater is about ensuring it is in good condition, and calling the experts at John Stevenson for an annual water heater flush. Some signs to look for indicating potential problems include corrosion or hard water buildup on any exterior components of the water heater, rust, and excessive water leaks.

    Our Promise to You Is to Perform the Correct Water Heater Repair, Maintenance, or Tune-up Service at an Honest Price

    John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air is here for all of your water heater service needs!