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San Francisco Solar Water Heater Installers

Browse these solar water heater installers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Francisco.

Gomes Handyman
4.9
from 289 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 366 hires on Thumbtack
Aravanan G.
Verified review

I hired David Gomes for installing two toilet fixtures. In addition to installing the fixtures, I had him do tile grouting in the shower and outdoor motion sensing solar light fixtures. He has affable manners and good at what he does. He is very prompt, flexible, and reasonable. I will hire him again without reservations.

AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 195 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 247 hires on Thumbtack
Doug J.
Verified review

For a home I sold they came in and quickly and professionally rebuilt and painted a deck, put in a hot water heater, put in new closet doors, and patched and painted a wall in the living room. Fast. Reasonable and Fair Priced. Professional. Doug Jones Cal BRE 00979517 Buyers Realty

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Freelance Plumber
5.0
from 181 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 229 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Blair B.
Verified review

Simply put, Jose was wonderful to work with! I came home to work to find the unpleasant surprise of a badly leaking water heater. After a little research I turned it off and determined that after its 18 year life, it needed to be replaced. After putting up my request on Thumbtack, Jose was very quick to respond and gave me some great options on how to proceed. Not only did he pick up a new water heater for me on the way, but he stopped at TWO different Home Depots to find the best one in my price range. Not to mention, this was done relatively late in the evening. His flexibility was great. Once he arrived he was very thorough and professional. He quickly installed the water heater and made sure that everything was working as designed. He even followed up the next morning to see if there was anything else that was needed. A+ overall, and I will definitely be using Jose again if something should arise with my plumbing elsewhere.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 235 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Don W.
Verified review

We woke up one day to find a leaky hot water heater. He responded almost immediately to my initial request, and within a half a day he had a new hot water heater installed. He very professional, courteous and on time.

Casiano's Handyman
4.5
from 162 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 256 hires on Thumbtack
Christofer K.
Verified review

Ricardo has been great! First he installed our gas dryer. Arrived on time, finished his works quickly and handed over the receipt of materials he picked up at Home Depot. The following week he built a platform in our garage and finished the job quicker than expected. Again clearly detailing his material purchases. Highly recommended!

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Smart HVAC Corp
4.8
from 115 reviews
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Raghavendra P.
Verified review

Bajji installed a new heater for us. He's very professional, friendly and willing to accommodate on schedule despite being busy. Cost was reasonable compared to other quotes and from what I researched on the web. He's also very knowledgeable. I'd recommend him any time!

Aqua Stat Plumbing
4.7
from 111 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole V.
Verified review

We woke up on a Saturday morning to our garage full of water. On top of the clean-up and worries about water damage we had no hot water - no dishes, no showers, no baths, no laundry. As a mom of two young children I couldn’t wait until Tuesday to have a new water heater installed Aqua Stat responded with an estimate, availability and a plan. Our engineer was on time, quickly assessed the pipe and platform needs and got to work. He worked for 4 hours straight and past 5pm to get us hot water. True household hero!

Ray's Service One Plumbing
5.0
from 97 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Chris B.
Verified review

Ray and Gary are highly recommended. They worked on a number of projects as I remodelled a unit: - rerouted all the plumbing in kitchen - moved location of hot water heater - added sink to a toilet room - rerouted gas line Ray is everything you could want in a professional: great communication, clear bid, trustworth, punctual, and most importantly, does really good work.

  • 10 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
Elena C.
Verified review

Erik helped to troubleshoot what, thankfully, ended up being a minor water heater issue.

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Gleo's Handyman Services
5.0
from 63 reviews
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aaron D.
Verified review

Gleo is an excellent contractor. Our water heater installation ran into some complications and he fixed all of them. Couldn't have had a better experience, high recommended!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danya G.
Verified review

My newly installed water heater stopped pumping hot water on a late Saturday afternoon. I panicked as we have young children in the house and needed the problem fixed immediately. No plumber was available to come in the same day on short notice. I contacted Byron and within less than an hour he was at my house and was able to fix the problem. He was very professional and explained what the issues were. Byron saved us from disastrous weekend without hot water!

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Maximus Plumbing & Heating
4.8
from 64 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
Verified review

Max and Beto are both highly recommended to do all your plumbing and Hvac projects. They deserve a 10 star rating. I cannot thank them enough for all the work they did to install our tankless water heater. Not only are they very professional but did a clean job and very good price.

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A1 Budget Plumbing
4.8
from 53 reviews
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Philippa A.
Verified review

Ali is great! He helped us replace a copper pipe connected to a water heater in our office building. Super responsive, easy to work with, and fairly priced. Highly recommend!

Jn and son plumbing
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Roberto C.
Verified review

JN & Son: recommend installed my water heater and disposed of the old one. Also replaced all my water heater hoses and secured the water heater with earthquake strapes. My shower valve needed replacement and they also installed them. I highly recommend them. Satisfied costumer.

  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Dwight K.
Verified review

Greg came out to replace my hot water heater and to install a new sewage ejector pump lid at a perfectly reasonable price. He did a great job considering the many difficulties with installing the new lid.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ada C.
Verified review

Thank you Ralph for an excellent experience replacing my water heater. I appreciated how responsive and punctual Ralph was. We set an appointment, he texted the night before to confirm with an approximate window of arrival, and texted again when he was on his way. He helped replace my water heater and install a new one with speed and professionalism, keeping my house clean in the process. When he came, he was prepared with all the right equipment and parts to get the job done. Would definitely recommend him for this.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing
4.3
from 52 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Peter C.
Verified review

Our hot water heater was 24 yrs old and it could never hold a hot shower for very long. Denver Lim came in and promptly and quickly diagnosed the problem. He recommended we replace it immediately and he came back the next day and installed a new heater in record time. Amazing service and professionalism. Really happy with the work.

A Great Honest Plumber 🙄
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Lynne L.
Verified review

Gerardo rescued us to have hot water in a timely fashion, was great to work with and did an excellent job. He took care of our broken water heater and made the new one look as if it always belonged there. He also made a faucet run again while he was there. Only regret that asked him about doing another job and he did not follow up on discussing or making that happen.

AMX Plumbing
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Mark C.
Verified review

Max did an excellent job installing a new water heater. Good advice, on-time service. He made one mistake but when I called him he returned first thing the next morning to fix it. I'll be calling him again the next time I need plumbing help.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Zoe S.
Verified review

Saturday morning- tankless water heater broke and Mike sent Rick to check it out. Rick arrived just 2 hours later, found a replacement, and by the end of the day, I had hot water.

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Oak Plumbing
4.6
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara H.
Verified review

Damarus, the technician who installed my new water heater was awesome!! He not only answered all my questions, but he taught me things I really needed to know as a home owner. I will definitely call for him again!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How long is a water heater supposed to last?

Your water heater is an essential part of your home, heating water for showers, dishwashing, laundry and more. On average, a traditional water heater will last 8-12 years. The general consensus is that it’s better to replace your water heater with a new one than to repair one that’s 10 years old or more. Older models are less energy-efficient and thus more costly to run than newer models with better technology. Here are some indicators of when it may be time to replace an old water heater instead of repairing it:

  • Leaks: If leaking is not caused by loose connections, the water may be seeping out through slight fractures in the metal of the tank that have formed over time.
  • Strange noises: Clanking, rumbling and other noises can mean that sediment has formed on the base of your tank, contributing to fissures leaks, and inefficiency.
  • Age: If it’s more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to replace.
  • Discolored or rusty water: Have a pro check it out; if the problem isn’t resolved by draining and cleaning, you’ll want to replace the heater.
  • Lack of hot water: Inconsistent heating and hot water supply that runs out too quickly likely means it’s time for a new unit.

How much does it cost to install a hot water heater?

You’ll know when it’s time to install a new water heater. Water heater installation costs average between $360 and $780 nationally, with rates increasing depending on the project. The total project cost will be higher when you include the cost of the heater itself. Select your new water heater based on the number of occupants in your home and the number of gallons of capacity you’ll need. Installation costs can vary based on the type of water heater you are removing and the type you are installing, any necessary repairs, regional cost of labor, and whether disposal of the old heater is included. Natural gas water heaters retail on average between $650 and $900 for standard models. Electric water heaters range between $300 and $700 for standard models. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $250 and $700 for standard models. Tankless gas water heaters retail on average between $200 and $1,300.

A company may charge approximately $1,000 to replace a 50-gallon tank-style electric water heater (not including any upgrades required by building codes). Replacing a gas-powered water heater might cost $1,100 (not including code upgrades). Some companies roll the disposal of an old heater into the overall cost of the new water heater installation. Other professionals charge an additional removal fee that can range from $35 to $150.

Why is the water in my house not getting hot?

If the water in your house is not getting hot, it may be time for water heater repair. Nationally, the average water heater repair cost ranges between $120 and $200, although prices can range up to $400, depending on the problem and materials. Competent homeowners may also be able to try DIY fixes, whether they have a traditional gas or electric water heater or a tankless gas or electric heater. Troubleshooting the different issues that can arise with each of the styles requires some knowledge of how they operate and what red flags to look out for. For a natural gas water heater, the first step is to check whether the pilot light has gone out. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions if you want to relight it yourself. If you smell gas, stop everything and call your gas company — the smell could signal a dangerous gas leak. If your household’s water is not getting hot enough, you can try increasing the temperature on the water heater’s front dial above the standard setting of 120 degrees; for safety, always turn off electricity to the unit before adjusting temperatures. If you keep running out of hot water, your household may simply need a higher-capacity water heater, so consider upgrading. Quick professional fixes include replacing the thermostat or heating elements and cleaning and repairing the thermocouple.

How much does it cost to install a tankless hot water heater?

Tankless water heaters usually cost more to install than traditional tanks, because many homes need to be retrofitted to accommodate the new system. Tankless electric water heaters retail on average between $150 and $1,200, and tankless natural gas water heaters retail between $200 and $1,300 on average. The lower prices ($150-$250) are generally for point-of-use tankless heaters that can be installed to boost hot water in high-demand areas such as the bathroom or kitchen sink. Tankless water heaters designed to heat whole homes usually start under $300 at the low end and go up to $1,400 or more. Pricing for whole-home varies with the heater’s technology and features. Nationally, standard water heater installation costs average $360-$780, but tankless water heater installation costs may range from $400 to $1,000, depending on the work needed. Some perks of tankless water heaters are that they have nearly double the life expectancy of traditional water heaters and are generally more cost-efficient. Homeowners may be able to save $100 or more per year on their utility bills with an Energy Star approved tankless heater, depending on how much hot water they use.

How much does it cost to fix a hot water heater?

Nationally, the average water heater repair cost ranges between $120 and $200, although prices can range up to $400 or more. Water heater repair costs will depend on the type of water heater you have (tankless, electric, natural gas, etc.), the source of the problem, the cost for new parts, and labor rates in your area. Common water heater issues include problems with the thermocouple, thermostat, heating element and leaks. Most standard electric water heaters have two thermostats and two elements. One example for the cost to replace a bad thermostat is $185 for parts and labor. Replacing both the thermostat and the heating element could cost approximately $150-$200. The thermocouple is a safety device that senses when the pilot light is burning and signals the gas valve to close if the pilot light goes out. If your thermocouple is bad or corroded, the average cost to clean and repair it could be between $350 and $400. If your water heater has started to leak, it is usually more cost-effective to invest in a new water heater than to repair it, unless you’re covered by a warranty.

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