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steve19438
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:42 pm    Post subject: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i bought this many years and don't know if i ever used it. pipe warmer, but when i plug it in it does not get warm. light goes on in plug but no warmth. will it only warm when in contact with pipe ??
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:52 pm    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Could be junk or its set with internal thermostat, put it in the freezer for an hour and then plug it in and see if it warms up my.02
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

assuming you mean a heat tape, they don't get very hot. Too much fire risk if they did. They will still keep pipes from freezing if installed properly.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Possibly an impedance pipe heater.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:19 pm    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

haven't had to use one of those heat tapes in many years (thank goodness), but I seem to remember that some had a thermostat built in, wouldn't heat up until the ambient temp was below a certain point.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:46 pm    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought a new one last week and it says the thermostat must be in contact with the pipe my thermostat looks like a push button switch but does not push, hope that helps
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:06 pm    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

it took awhile but i finally found instructions for its use and you are correct.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:07 pm    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

thanks fellas.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:42 am    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Just an FYI, I've had pipes frozen when the ambient air temp was too high to get the tape working. Simple fix- took a chunk of ice and placed it against the thermostat on the tape and wrapped it in a rag. Got the tape to work!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: how is this supposed to work... Reply to specific post Reply with quote

thanks for the tip. i did it and the cord do heat up.
 
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