At Hilman's Plumbing, we can repair and install all major brands of water heaters – tank-style and tankless.

Crestline, CA, Water Heater

More often than not, when you need a new water heater, you need it quickly and choosing the right option can be almost overwhelming with the many choices available today, both traditional and tankless. At Hilman's Plumbing, we seek to keep it simple for you! We've done the research, we know which options offer quality and value so we can help guide you into the tank that is just right for your application and budget. We stock and install traditional tank-style water heaters, and also specialize in the field of tankless water heaters where our certification and training is unsurpassed. We can give you the information you need to make the most informed choice. Just give us a call and we will be happy to help you decide which style is best for you.


Both traditional tank-style and tankless water heater systems can be designed to provide adequate hot water for your home but differ in how they produce it and each have pros and cons to consider. Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, providing an endless supply of hot water, where as tradional tank-type water heaters heat and maintain the temperature of the water inside of a storage tank.

Traditional Tank-Style Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters come in a variety of sizes and brands. For our mountain residents, with properties at higher elevations, the California Plumbing Code requires an Ultra Low-NOx tank. Tanks that are not Ultra Low-NOx compliant are not permitted in the higher elevations of our mountain communities. Hilman's Plumbing stocks and installs code-compliant, American-made Bradford White tanks, which offer superior quality and longevity at competetive prices.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are another great choice that many are not aware they have the option of. We have encountered a number of people in our mountain communities that have been told that tankless water heaters do not work at a higher altitude, however most major tankless water heater brands are certified for use up to 10,000 feet in elevation. Tankless water heater systems installed by uncertified and inexperienced installers account for the vast majority of tankless water heater failures which have fueled the misinformation about their performance at higher altitudes. In order to function as designed, tankless water heaters must be properly installed by a knowledgeable, factory-trained certified installer and calibrated for altitude specifications. When they are installed properly, they function beautifully, providing endless hot water very efficiently.

Jim Hilman of Hilman's plumbing offers unsurpassed credentials and experience in tankless water heaters in the Lake Arrowhead area. If you are considering a tankless water heater installation, call Hilman's Plumbing to discuss your options with a factory-authorized and certified service provider and dealer for major tankless water heater brands, including Rinnai, Takagi and Noritz. Installation by a certified installer is critical for full manufacturer warranties.




Endless Hot Water – One of the main reasons tankless water heaters are becoming so popular is that you will never run out of hot water. A properly sized unit will produce hot water continually until you turn it off.

Smaller Space Needed – Tankless water heaters are also much smaller (about the size of a carry on suitcase) and take up less floor space because they are mounted to a wall.

Energy Efficient – This style of water heater is also more energy efficient since it doesn’t have to keep water hot 24 hours a day, seven days a week whether you are there to use it or not. You will pay less in energy bills.

Longevity – Quality tankless water heaters are designed to last 10 - 15 years longer than traditional tank-style water heaters.

Authorized Service Provider and Dealer for Major Tankless Water Heater Manufacturers

  • Rinnai - Platinum-Rated ASP Service Provider, Installer and Authorized Dealer
    • Tankless Water Heater Technical Training Certification
    • Service and Troubleshooting Certification
    • Direct Vent Wall Heater Technical Service and Installation Training
    • Fan Coil/Air Handler Technical Service and Installation Training
    • Fireplace Technical Service and Installation Training
  • Takagi - Highest Level Factory Trained [ATSR] Service Rep, Installer and Authorized Dealer
    • Tankless Water Heater Installation Certification
    • ATSR Technical Service Certification
  • Noritz - Highest Level [3] Factory Trained Service Rep, Installer and Authorized Dealer
    • Tankless Water Heater Technical Training and Installation Certification - All Levels


Tried and Tested – Traditional tank-style water heaters utilize a time-tested technology and are generally very dependable.

Initial Cost – Initial purchase and installation cost is lower than tankless water heaters.

Maintenance – Simple design allows for less overall maintenance. An annual tank "tune-up" is recommended.

Hot Water During Power Outage – Standard gas-fired tank-style water heaters generally do not require electricity to maintain hot water supply.