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It’s likely that you don’t spend much time, if any, thinking about your water heater. However, when you’re left standing in a freezing cold shower, chances are that’ll change.

Hot water is critical in our daily lives. Whether we need it for doing laundry, taking a shower, doing the dishes, or anything in between, having access to hot water at all times is really important. However, issues with your water heater can arise, making it difficult to complete daily tasks.

If you’re having issues with your water heater, you need a local plumber you can trust to help you out. Water heaters are a large investment, so you need access to the best options as far as products and installation, so you’ll get a top-of-the-line water heater installed correctly the first time. At Robins Plumbing, we offer superior heat pump water heater services for your home or business in Phoenix. Whether you need installation, repair, or replacement, our team of local plumbers has got you covered! We can help restore the hot water in your home and leave you with a high-quality, long-lasting water heater.

Contact Robins Plumbing today to learn more about heat pump water heaters or to schedule an appointment with us!

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What Causes Hot Water Heater Issues in Your Home or Business?

There are a number of things that can lead to water heater issues, including:

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Internal Rust:

Your standard and most common tank-type water heaters are made of steel with a porcelain lining also known as glass-lined. Over time this lining fails and allows water to come in direct contact with the steel tank, and well we all know what happens when water meets bare steel. The steel tank slowly rust away until it can no longer hold the water and presto, you now have a leaking water heater.

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Sediment Buildup:

When your water gets heated, mineral deposits begin to settle at the bottom of your water heater tank. This sediment begins to build up over time, reducing your water heater’s efficiency and causing damage.

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Increased Water Pressure:

If your water pressure is too high, it can expedite wear and tear on your water heater and your pipes.


Water heaters have a general life expectancy, which varies quite a bit depending on water quality, use, pressure, proper installation, maintenance, and above all, the quality of manufacturing. Here in the Phoenix Metropolitan, the average life of an electric water heater is generally 7-9 years, however, that is only an average.

Incorrectly-Sized Water Heater:

Water heaters come in many sizes and sometimes the water heater you currently have just is not big enough to properly do the job. If you find yourself running out of hot water on a regular basis, then it may be time to consider increasing the gallon capacity for your home or business.

What Is a Heat Pump Water Heater?

A heat pump water heater is an energy-efficient, electric water heater that uses the ambient heat in the air to heat water. Heat pump waters are approximately three to four times more efficient than traditional water heaters, depending on the size, manufacturer, and settings.

Depending on the area or country you live in, the heat pump water heater is also known as a “hybrid” water heater. This is because of its ability to use the ambient air to heat your water and via standard electric elements. It can utilize one or both ways of heating and that's just cool!

Heat Pump Water Heater Operating Modes

One of the most unique things about heat pump water heaters, as opposed to traditional water heaters, is that they allow you to select from different operating modes. These operating modes include:

   Energy Saver: This setting utilizes the heat pump as the primary heat source, only using the elements when needed to increase energy efficiency.

   Heat Pump: This setting uses only the heat pump to maximize energy efficiency.

   High Demand: This setting is best used when guests are in town. This setting maximizes heat production giving as much hot water as possible to keep up with the highest of demands.

   Electric: This mode utilizes the elements only.

   Vacation & Timer Mode: This mode allows you to save money when on vacation. It even allows you to set a time limit so the water heater will automatically switch back on so you don't have to try to remember to turn it back on yourself before you get back from vacation.

Benefits of Heat Pump Water Heaters

There are many benefits of heat pump water heaters for your home or business in Phoenix. Some of these benefits include:

Energy Efficiency

Heat pump water heaters have a UEF (Uniform Energy Factor) of 3.55-3.80 depending on make and size. For example, with a rating of 3.55, for every dollar you spend on heating your water, you will get $3.55 worth of hot water. Now that's amazing.

Lower Energy Bills

Who doesn’t want to pay less for their energy bills each month? With a heat pump water heater, you can. The increased efficiency of these water heaters significantly reduces your electricity bills per month, as they use less electricity.

Overall, heat pump water heaters are more efficient, less expensive to run, and offer many benefits for your home or business.

Contact our team at Robins Plumbing to learn more about what heat pump water heaters can do for your home.

Signs You May Need a New Water Heater

Your household needs a properly working hot water heater, so when things start to go wrong, it’s important to act quickly. Here are some key signs that indicate you may need a new water heater.


If you know your water heater is reaching the end of its life expectancy, it’s probably time to consider getting a newer, more energy-efficient model installed. Typically, conventional water heaters last about 7-9 years in the Phoenix Area.

Strange Noises

Your water heater will begin to make more noises as it gets older, as sediment begins to build up at the bottom of the tank and hardens as the water heats. This will likely cause banging or rumbling noises on the inside of the heater. If these noises become really noticeable, it’s definitely a sign that you need a new water heater soon.

Rusty Water Coming Out of the Tap

Your water quality should be a top priority, so if you notice rusty water coming out of your tap, action needs to be taken promptly. This means that the porcelain lining in your water is cracked and the steel lining of your water heater is exposed to the water inside your water heater and is rusting.

Your Hot Water Only Lasts a Limited Amount of Time

If you’ve recently noticed that your hot water begins to run out sooner than it used to, it’s time to look at a newer model. As hot water heaters age, they lose some of their capacity due to sediment buildup.

Water Puddles

If you notice water puddles around your hot water heater, you might have a leak within your tank that needs to be dealt with right away. These leaks can be caused by slight fractures in the metal tank that develop over time as the tank expands and contracts with heat, time and time again.

Rust on the Water Heater

Signs of rust or corrosion on the water heater can be an indication of a fractured tank lining and should be addressed immediately to avoid property damage to your home.

If you’ve noticed any of these problems with your water heater, reach out to our team of local plumbers at Robins Plumbing for an appointment today! We can accurately diagnose the issue and install a brand new heat pump water heater in your home or business.

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Choosing a Heat Pump Water Heater

There are a few different options when it comes to choosing a heat pump water heater and you want to make sure you select one that meets the needs of your home or business. It’s important to remember that heat pump water heaters typically have higher initial costs than traditional water heaters, but lower operating costs, which can offset the higher initial costs.

Heat pump water heaters are up to 4x more energy efficient than standard tank-style water heaters. They will pay you back not only for the upgrade, but over time can save you up to $4800 in energy expenses in the first 10 years.

Before purchasing your heat pump water heater, there are some important factors you should consider, which include size, availability, energy efficiency, and overall costs. You should also consider your specific needs and goals, as this can help you determine which type of water heater may best suit you.

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Installation and Maintenance

Before you decide on your heat pump water heater, it’s important to keep installation and maintenance in mind, as this can greatly affect your system’s energy efficiency. Ensure that your local plumber can help you determine the best climate, building code requirements, location, and any potential safety issues before installing the unit.

As far as maintenance, heat pump water heaters do require annual maintenance. Your specific model may require specific maintenance, and your local plumber can help you determine the best course of action. When dealing with water heater maintenance, you should always contact a professional plumber for maintenance services, to ensure that the maintenance is done correctly and that your new hybrid water heater lasts as long as possible.

Professional Heat Pump Water Heater Services

Water heaters can be complicated, but it’s important that yours is functioning properly. That’s why you need a local plumber you can rely on for comprehensive heat pump water heater services for your home or business in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, and the surrounding areas. Here at Robins Plumbing, we have the experience, knowledge, and equipment needed to get the job done right, every time. Whether you need installation, replacement, or repairs, our local plumbers have you covered!

We value your time, so we’ll always do our best to show up on time and complete the job as promptly as possible. We even have emergency repair options, so if you’re having urgent issues with your hot water heater, we’ll be there to assist you quickly! Learn more about our heat pump water heater services when you contact our plumbing company today.

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Choose Robins Plumbing as Your Local Plumbing

Your hot water plays a major role in keeping your household or business functioning properly. When issues arise, our team of local plumbers at Robins Plumbing will be there for you! We have extensive training and knowledge about each type of water heater, so we can help guide you in the right direction. With more than 15 years of experience in the plumbing industry, we’ve seen our fair share of water heater issues, and we offer the best solutions on the market.

Reach out to Robins Plumbing to learn more about heat pump water heaters or to schedule your appointment in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, or the surrounding areas. We look forward to helping you make energy-efficient decisions when it comes to your hot water heater!

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