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Can 4 watt per foot constant wattage heat trace be used on

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Can 4 watt per foot constant wattage heat trace be used on dual PEX 1/2" water lines
? The product is Chromalox " Repidtrace " the cataloge number is *****
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.

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Yes you can use heat tape to protect PEX piping

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I intend to sandwich the 4 watt constant wattage tape between two runs of 1/2" pex tubing. I plan on using Chromalox Rapidtrace. If this tape is not in direct contact with the pex will it burn out ?
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.

No it won't burn out. It's designed not to, but if it's not in direct contact with the pipe it will be less effective. But if you wrap it all in insulation that will help

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I was going to wrap both pex tubes and the heat trace in aluminum tape before wrapping it with insulation. Is this a good idea ?
Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.

Aluminum tape is not a good idea.

Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.

Just wrap them with insulation

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thanks i will put the heat tape between the two pex tubes and tape the bundle every foot before insulating.
Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.

You're welcome. Binding the PEX and heat tape every foot is a good idea

Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.

Do you have any more questions?

Expert:  Rick replied 9 months ago.

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