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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our FAQ section where you will find common enquiries and technical details regarding our products.

Can I use heat trace on plastic pipes?

Yes, when using trace heating on plastic pipes ensure that ATE- 180 aluminium tape is used to help disperse the heat around the pipe.

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Can you design a full surface heating system for me?

Yes, utilising our in-house design facilities, we can design your complete trace heating requirement.

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Do I have to allow extra heat for pumps and valves?

If the surface area of the pump is substantially greater than that of the adjoining pipework then extra heating cable may need to be considered (depending on wattage of cable installed). Pumps and ...

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Do I have to spiral the trace heating onto the pipe?

Most applications can simply be straight traced, reducing costs of materials and installation time without compromising on operational requirements.

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Do I need to use thermal insulation?

Yes, thermal insulation is required on all heat trace applications. Without insulation, surface heat losses can increase approximately 4-5 times.

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Does my trace heating system require maintenance?

Generally, no maintenance of our trace heating systems is required but it is recommended that the system is checked for operational and electrical integrity periodically or prior to the winter or p...

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Hazardous Zones 1, 2, 21 & 22

Gases, Vapours and Mists Zone 1 – Zone 1 hazardous areas are considered to be a place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances in the form ...

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How do I terminate the heating cable?

Full termination instructions are provided with all our heating tapes

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How do I test my trace heating system is working properly?

System checks depend on the system installed, constant wattage systems can be fully checked for insulation resistance and continuity. Self regulating systems can only be checked for insulation resi...

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How does Trace Heating work?

Trace heating is an electrical heating element run along the length of a pipe. The pipe is then covered with thermal insulation to retain any heat loss from the pipe. The heat generated by the ele...

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Is a thermostat necessary?

The heating cable / trace heating will always be on if a thermostat is not used, which will result in continuous energy consumption and increased electricity bill. However for small load, a thermos...

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What is heat tape for water pipes?

When water pipes are exposed to cold temperatures either outdoors, underground or in small spaces, you can protect them from freezing by wrapping them with heat tape. Heating tape is actually a cor...

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What is Heat Trace?

This is used for a pipe freeze protection application. Electric heat tracing, heat tape or surface heating, is a system used to maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels. Trace heat...

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What is self regulating heating tape?

Self limiting / self regulating heating tape adjusts heat output to equal the heat loss from the pipe work. As pipe temperature falls the electrical conductivity of the semi-conductive core increas...

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What is thermal equilibrium?

Thermal equilibrium is a state of thermal dynamics where a stabilised temperature is sought as a result of the heat input equal to the heat loss.

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