How should a properly functioning electric pipe-heating cable feel?


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Old 01-13-18, 04:59 PM
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How should a properly functioning electric pipe-heating cable feel?

Hi, I just purchased a Frost King electric pipe heating cable in order to prevent freezing of pipes, and I was wondering if the cable, when functioning properly, should feel warm to the touch, hot to the touch, appear at roughly room temperature in a normally-heated room (say 72 degrees-- of course, it's being used in a room much colder than that), or how should it feel? It has a light which is illuminated when the device is plugged in and receiving power, but has no On-Off switch.
 
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Old 01-14-18, 04:51 AM
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Look at what you bought. Does it have a thermostat? If so then it will not turn on in a 72f room.
 
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Old 01-14-18, 06:15 AM
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The tape I have under my MH turns on around 40f. Assuming yours has a t-stat it's probably similar, mine feels only slightly warm when on. It will not turn on in a 72 degree room so it will be room temperature. The instructions that came with it should explain how it operates.
 
 

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