What temp does heat tape get to?
Also asked, does heat tape get warm to the touch?
If the Heat Cable Kit is installed correctly, the light in the plug will be on and the cable should be warm to the touch. Plug in the cable and wrap a bag of ice around the thermostat block and after 20 minutes, the cable should feel warm to the touch.
Secondly, can you leave heat tape plugged in? You can leave these models plugged in. The problem is that some people leave them plugged in for decades. Tucked away in a garden shed or crawl space, the tapes get hot in summer, cold in winter and soaked with moisture off and on year-round.
Also Know, can heat tape cause a fire?
Sadly, heat tape has the potential to cause fires in homes and businesses. Many of these products consist only of non-regulating tape which plugs into a wall outlet. If the heat tape remains activated for long periods of time – especially if temperatures rise and/or the tape is well-insulated – it can spark a fire.
Can heat tape be covered with insulation?
* To avoid overheating, don't cover heat tapes with insulation, even though some manufacturers may permit it. If you do add insulation according to manufacturers' instructions, use a nonflammable type, such as fiberglass, not foam or vinyl insulation that could catch fire from a failing heat tape.