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Industrial Heat tracing #60747
01/08/06 08:28 PM
01/08/06 08:28 PM
hypress  Offline OP
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 129
Charleston WV
What is the best way to trouble shoot industrial heat tracing to tell if it is working properely? If it is self regulating and you do not what wattage it is or how long it is it can be like clam digging in a mine field. The way I look at it is that if the tail light is on that ia about as good as it gets.

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Re: Industrial Heat tracing #60748
01/08/06 09:23 PM
01/08/06 09:23 PM
JoeTestingEngr  Offline
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 791
Chicago, Il.
I think the first thing to do is make sure it ever worked in the first place. I ran into an installation at one of our bus garages that no one ever verified before it was accepted. This was intended to keep multi-vis oil flowing to a fueling island. They had hi temp stats in the design to cut off the heat at a pipe temp of 105 F. But the drawings were wrong and the controls were faithfully wired to not turn on the tapes until the temp exceeded 105'F.

Some heat tracing is 4 wire so you can check to see if the path is complete. You might check for a cut sheet if there are any manuals available. If not, they probably used the same wattage/ft tape on the whole job. You could compare currents on 2 comparable lengths of tape. Self-regulating should max out I when first energized and trail off after it has had a chance to heat uo a little. You could also do cold resistance checks of de-energized tapes.

Re: Industrial Heat tracing #60749
01/09/06 11:48 AM
01/09/06 11:48 AM
XtheEdgeX  Offline
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 116
This has a nice troubleshooting section in it.

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Re: Industrial Heat tracing #60750
01/09/06 02:09 PM
01/09/06 02:09 PM
rad74ss  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 156
Pryor, OK USA
This is a site for self regulating heat trace from Nelson. Copy and paste it.


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