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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:

Internal rust:

Water heaters contain something called a sacrificial anode that sits within your water heater’s tank and begins to rust so that your tank does not. However, the sacrificial anode can eventually rust too much and begins to seep into the tank, causing problems.

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.

Increased water pressure:

If your water pressure is too high, it can damage your water heater and your pipes. If you notice water leaking from the side of your water heater, this may be due to excessive pressure and needs to be checked out.

Corrosive fumes:

Your water gets heated through combustion, meaning that your water heater needs to draw in air in order to successfully do so. If your air quality is poor or corrosive, it can begin to corrode your tank and eventually lead to overall water heater failure.

Incorrectly sized water heater:

There are many different types and sizes of water heaters. If you buy a water heater that’s too small for your home or business, it will have to work harder than it should, which can lead to a breakdown from overuse after an extended period of time.


Water heaters have a specified lifespan, and if yours has reached its limit, it’s probably time to consider replacing it.

What Is a Heat Pump Water Heater?

A heat pump water heater is an energy-efficient, electric water heater that uses heat in the air and in the ground to heat water. So, in heat pump water heaters, electricity is used to move heat from one place to another. Traditional water heaters work to generate heat on their own, which is much less efficient than heat pump water heaters. Heat pump waters are approximately two to three times more efficient than traditional water heaters. In general, it’s easier to move something than to create something new entirely, which is why heat pump water heaters work so much more efficiently.

Heat pump water heaters are sometimes known as “hybrid” water heaters, as they can switch to standard electric resistance heat settings in times of high hot water demand. This means that they can produce just as much hot water as traditional water heaters, but can do so more efficiently.

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 come with control panels that allow you to select from different operating modes. These operating modes include:

   Auto/Hybrid:This setting is default and is ideal for daily use, as it offers energy-efficient water heating with sustained heat.

   Efficiency/Economy: This mode works to maximize energy efficient and savings by only using the heater’s heat pump to heat the water

   Electric/Heater: This mode is a high-demand setting, and it allows the water heater to operate as a more traditional heater. This is the least energy-efficient mode, as it uses only the electric element to heat water.

   Vacation & Timer Mode: This mode is not available on all models, but it allows you to save on your energy when you’re away from home by placing your water heater on “sleep” mode until you return.

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 use electricity to move heat from one place to another rather than generating heat directly, making it up to two to three times more energy efficient than traditional water heaters. Heat pump water heaters work sort of like a refrigerator in reverse.

Faster Water Heating

Not only are heat pump water heaters more energy efficient, but they’re more efficient in general. These water heaters use 60% less electricity than conventional water heaters and can still heat water much faster than other types of heaters.

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 of it altogether.

Lower Overall Costs

No matter what your level of household hot water consumption is, this water heater still costs much less than traditional models of water heaters.


When you have a brand new water heater installed in your home, you don’t want to have to worry about constantly maintaining it. With heat pump water heaters, there will be some maintenance required, but much less than conventional water heaters.

Overall, heat pump water heaters are more efficient, less expensive, and offer many benefits for your home or business. Contact our team at Robins Plumbing to learn more about what these 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 10 years.

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 your sacrificial anode is beginning to erode and your water is picking up the corrosion.

Your hot water only lasts a limited amount of time

If you’ve recently noticed that your hot water begins running out sooner than it used to, it’s time to look at a newer model. As hot water heaters age, they not only get worse at heating water, but they also 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.

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.

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.

Before purchasing your heat pump water heater, there are some important factors you should consider, which include size and rating, fuel type and 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, as they can be dangerous to you and your family.

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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