I just had to replace my 33 year old heat tape on my water pipe that
runs through an unheated portion of my building. NOTE: this is the
self regulating type of heating cable, not the stuff with a thermostat
at one end.
It has now occurred to me that I should have done a yearly check with
my Kil-a-watt power meter and would have seen a slow decline in
current draw and heat output over the last few years.
My plan now is to check around October, maybe Halloween, that way I
can replace it before it gets too cold here. It did warm up from the
single digits/teens to 60 degrees the day I changed it, but that just
made everything wet with condensation. The floor had puddles, the
ladder was wet and slippery, the pipe was dripping sweat. I think I
might have preferred cold.
How long is this stuff supposed to last. The new stuff I got is "easy
heat" nothing on box or web site I can find for expected life span.
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