Water Heater Repair in Castro Valley, CA

Water heater repair, installation, maintenance, and more in Castro Valley & beyond

The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” is especially true for the average water heater.

Most homeowners don’t even think about their home’s water heater until it stops working perfectly. Then, it can be a mad scramble to find a local, reliable plumber to fix it on short notice.

But for you, the search is over.

Smart Choice Plumbing can handle 100% of your water heater needs, including:

  • Water heater replacement
  • New water heater installation
  • Water heater repair & emergency repairs
  • Preventative maintenance

We cover gas and electric, tank and tanked, and just about every brand of water heater you’ll encounter. With specialists in Castro Valley, Newark, Milpitas, and throughout the 880 corridor,  you’ll always know who to call for fast and dependable water heater service.

Jack is working on a water heater repair in Fremont, CA
Tightening valve on a Bradford White 40 gallon water heater during a water heater installation in Union City

It’s Easy to Forget About your Water Heater

It’s easy to forget that your water heater is an essential part of your home. It’s in charge of heating all the water that cycles throughout your home every day, which includes water used in showers, sinks, and dishwashers. Since it’s used so constantly, the risk of your heater breaking down is much higher than other appliances.

Common Water Heater Repairs

  • Rust colored or rusty tasting water
  • Dirt or debris in water
  • Water heater won’t heat or won’t shut off
  • Pilot light won’t stay lit
  • Strange noises coming from water heater or pipes
  • Water heater leaks

Now Offering 24 Hour Emergency Water Heater Repair

There’s no telling when your hot water heater is going to break, but we’re there to help. Our emergency water heater repair team offers quick, reliable service by planning ahead. Each of our work vehicles includes all of the parts for many different kinds of water heater repairs, so we can go right to work as soon as we arrive, without running out for more parts. Our technicians are cross trained on all major makes and models of water heater, including gas and electric water heaters, and tanked and tankless heaters, letting us deliver more consistent and reliable plumbing repair services.

Don’t suffer through days of waiting for another plumber to fix your water heater–call Castro Valley’24 hour emergency water heater repair team today for fast, professional service.

What To Do if your Water Heater Breaks

Bradford White water heaters ready for installationIf you find yourself with a broken water heater on your hands, it’s time to call the professionals.

Attempting to repair or replace water heaters yourself can save you money – but it is also very dangerous if not done properly, and could result in severe injury if you’re not careful. It can also make you ineligible for a manufacturer’s warranty, and incorrect water heater installations can cause even more damage.

So why not just sit back and relax, knowing that our team of licensed experts are doing the job right, no skipped steps or unnecessary mistakes needed. We can handle everything from standard water heater repairs, to installing brand new tankless systems.

Our Process

When you choose Smart Choice Plumbing to replace or repair your water heater, we go above and beyond to make sure the job is done right. We:

  • Disconnect your broken water heater.
  • Install your new water heater that same day.

  • Test your new water heater to ensure it is working properly.
  • Clean up, haul away, and recycle the old water heater.

We Cover Every Inch of your Water Heater

Storage tanks

Hot pipes and cold pipes

Water lines

TP valves


Shut offs

Igniters and burners

Gas control thermostats

Air intakes

Sediment traps

Gas lines

Electrical hookups


Vent pipes


Code fixes


And more

We Specialize in Tankless Water Heater Installation

A tankless water heater can be a game changer. All of a sudden, you can run the hot water for as long as you want, enjoy lower operating costs, and wait almost twice as long to replace your water heater.

But tankless water heaters still aren’t right for every household. Installation costs can be significantly higher than those of a tanked water heater, and there is a limit on how many fixtures or appliances can use hot water simultaneously.

If you want to see if a tankless water heater is right for you, call Smart Choice Plumbing today. Our plumbers have installed enough tankless water heaters in Castro Valley to know which ones aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and which ones will keep running for years to come. We offer tankless water heater installation, maintenance, and repair, so you’ll always know who to call.

Performance series Rheem tankless water heater

More Water Heater FAQs

How Long Should a Water Heater Last?

Tanked water heaters can last as little as 5 years or as many as 15. Tankless water heaters can last anywhere from 10 to 20.

Water heaters last longer when they’re flushed once a year, are used with relatively soft water, and don’t run for very long periods throughout the day. Flushing your water heater can also improve its day to day efficiency, lowering your operating costs.

Why is The Pipe on the Side of My Water Heater Leaking?

The overflow pipe is a safety valve that is designed to let off a little steam when the pressure gets too high. Sometimes this steam condenses into water again, which can look a lot like leaking. As long as the leaking isn’t excessive, it’s nothing to worry about.

Will My Water Heat Up Faster If I Switch to Tankless?

That’s a common misconception about tankless water heaters.

The biggest delay between the time you turn your faucet on and the time you get hot water is how long it takes to flow through your pipes. Tanked water heaters actually have a slight edge, because the water is already hot and ready to go.

If you want instant hot water in your kitchen, or anywhere else, we can also install an Instahot point of use water heater.

How Can I Use Less Hot Water?

One of the best options is actually to install low-flow shower heads and faucets. Low-flow fixtures aerate the water as it sprays, using less water to cover a greater surface area.

Castro Valley’s Water Heater Repair & Installation Specialists

Don’t let a broken water heater ruin your day – give Smart Choice Plumbing a call today, and let us get your life back to normal in a hurry! All of our trained and licensed professionals will ensure that you receive the highest quality water heater repairs in Castro Valley, saving you from future repairs and lowering your bills in the process.

“Plumbing problems are inevitable. We called Keith at Smart Choice when our kitchen sinks backed up. When he showed up, we had a sudden water heater outage as well. He fixed both – that day! We’ve had him back a couple of times for not-so-small problems. Everytime he has been available to assess and FIX the problems same day. His work and bids were all awesome. I wouldn’t call anyone else…ever.”

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Service throughout the East Bay & South Bay

While you’ll find our headquarters in Castro Valley, our plumbers operate throughout California’s Bay Area. Our everyday service area includes most of the South Bay and East Bay, but we are also available for larger jobs in additional areas. Call us any time for service in Newark, Milpitas, Union City, Hayward, and more.

Please Note

We do not service air conditioning equipment, furnaces, or other HVAC equipment. We are a full service plumbing company, serving residential and commercial clients.

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