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Prevent Pipes from Freezing and Bursting

Trace Heating is the method of applying heat to a body, or to a product (liquid, powder or gas) contained within a system (pipework, vessel or equipment) for storage or transportation, in order to avoid processing problems or difficulties.

An Introduction to Trace Heating

Trace Heating is the method of applying heat to a body, or to a product (liquid, powder or gas) contained within a system (pipework, vessel or equipment) for storage or transportation, in order to avoid processing problems or difficulties. The major benefit of trace heating are that the specialist cables self-regulate their temperature so they cannot overheat, and they can also be cut to length during installation to ensure the perfect fit, every time.

How does Trace Heating work?

WFS supply a wide variety of high quality UK manufactured Trace Heating, Constant Wattage and MI cables suitable for all applications. These heating cables can be supplied with a comprehensive range of trace heating thermostats, ice and snow melting thermostats, termination kits and wiring accessories.

Trace Heating cables are significantly more complicated than ‘standard’ heating cables. They are created by placing a self-regulating heating element between two bus wires, one live and one neutral.

When power is connected to these bus wires the heating element receives 230V, causing it to heat up. Each element contains specialist compounds that change their resistance depending on their temperature, which leads to the power output of the heating element falling as the cable gets warmer.

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