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Frost King 6 ft. Electric Water Pipe Heat Cable
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Frost King

6 ft. Electric Water Pipe Heat Cable

  • For use on plastic or metal cold water lines
  • Helps keep pipes from freezing,Effective to -38 degree Fahrenheit
  • Can help thaw frozen pipes,Power indicator light in plug
$22.94 /each

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This energy-saving Thermwell Products 6 ft. Electric Water Pipe Heat Cable can help protect your cold-water and hot-water pipes from freezing. This cable has a grounded safety plug.

  • Helps protect cold-water and hot-water pipes from freezing
  • Compatible with pipes up to 6 in. in diameter
  • Helps save energy
  • 7 watts per ft. high output
  • Grounded plug for safety

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What voltage is this?

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120 volts.
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Standard USA 120 VAC
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120 volt
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The heat cable runs on 110 volt.
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Why is it not advised to use the heat cable on a pvc condensate drain pipe?

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Can the heat cable be used as a short-term solution to defrost a pipe. I.e. only turn on the cable when the pipe is freezing. Thanks.
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February 21, 2015
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I've used this on my pvc condensate drain pipe for years without any issues. The pipe has never melted, become disfigured from heat, etc... Meanwhile, the end of the pipe no longer becomes frozen and clogged due to the intermittent drip.
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Because the pipe will eventually thaw and drain out. The heater instructions specifically warn about heating an empty plastic pipe. It will probably melt the pipe and damage the heater cord.
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January 23, 2014
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It monitors the temperature of water running thru the pipe and will not work properly on a drain line because there is not a constant flow of water.
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It's not a constant flow of water and could damage the pipe
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After ran & secured the cable paralle to the pipe, can we wrap it with the foam insulation tube ?

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Fiberglass pipe wrap covered with non-flammable tape is recommended. If foam insulation tube is used, ensure it is suitable to a heating application.
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January 23, 2014
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Yes, you can use foam pipe insulation. However, fiberglass pipe wrap is a better cover for it.
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January 23, 2014
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Yes you can use foam pipe insulation. However, fiberglass wrap makes for a better blanket for the cable and the pipe.
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The heat cable can be overwrapped with either a fiberglass pipe wrap of tubular foam pipe insulation.
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Is the cable OK to use on the PVC drain pipe from a condensate pump reservoir. The water flow is intermittent.

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No, the directions specifically warn against heating an empty plastic pipe. The pipe could melt and damage the heater cord.
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It monitors the temperature of water running thru the pipe and will not work properly on a drain line because there is not a constant flow of water.
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No, do not use on intermittent drain pipes.
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6 ft. Electric Water Pipe Heat Cable is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I recently (10/2016) purchased this cable in order to prevent two water pipes in an exterior wall... I recently (10/2016) purchased this cable in order to prevent two water pipes in an exterior wall from freezing as they have sometimes done in the past. In the last year I also installed pipe insulation however I didn't open the entire wall so I don't know how well insulated the pipe really is. The entire cable is very robust and quite thick and appears very well made. The cable is sold in several lengths and the instructions state that one cable should only be used on 1 pipe because of the risk of overheating. I purchased the 6 ft cable but after reading the instructions thought I should have two 3 ft cables instead. I didn't find any 3 ft cables for sale at HD or other stores so I installed the 6 ft cable anyway. This was the first of several installation problems. You are instructed NOT to install the cable inside a wall so I was restricted to the exposed cellar pipes. Next the instruction say to position the thermostat so that its disk is touching the pipe. As the disk is flat and the pipe is round it does NOT hug the pipe very well. As the disk is close to the plug it was difficult to position the disk because the cord was pressing against the subfloor above and only has limited flexibility. The thermostat will only trigger to go On at 38 degrees F or lower. Since my pipe is a long vertical run (25') I'm hoping that the freezing water will descend in the pipe and trigger the thermostat to go On and begin heating the cable and the water inside before the water at the top of the pipe freezes. Since the pipes run through the cellar those parts are not subject to freezing so I'm uncertain if this cable will actually trigger to start heating. The plug is equipped with an LED so you can determine if the unit is drawing power however as soon as you plug it in the light goes on so apparently the thermostat is drawing some power. What I need to know is if it is cold enough to trigger the cable to heat. I'll have to touch it to find out if the cable is heating. Because of the location of the two pipes I extended the one cable onto the other pipe for a short distance. The Cable has a strange square knob at its end which the instructions say nothing about. I'm hoping that this is simply some type of terminating feature and is not some other thermostat that might control the heating cable temperature. The plug comes with a warning label on it stating that GFCI MUST be used however the instructions contradict that and only recommend that a GFCI be used. The unit is sold without Insulation but the instructions recommend using Fiberglass wrap insulation followed by plastic wrap. That was another $6.50. I'm hoping that the insulation will help prevent the pipe from gaining too much warmth from the cellar to increase the likelihood of triggering ON. You are instructed NOT to have any part of the heating cable crossing or touching any other part nor are you to twist the cable around the pipe in a spiral. The cable can be doubled back on the side opposite if needed. On a small pipe in tight quarters all this cable is somewhat cumbersome. What I was really looking for was a low-cost heating element that I could position on or near the pipes that would constantly heat to a set temperature or with a variable temperature control. Last year I was using a light bulb however that isn't feasible this year. I did not find any other products at HD or online that serve this purpose. I won't know if this product helps me until further into the winter. Yet another maintenance item to keep track of in this old house.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I have used this product before and does the job. Living in northern new york state, this keeps the pips from freezing.
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The product is great, but the store doesn''t have the stuff that is needed for it The product is great, but the store doesn''t have the stuff that is needed for it
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did the job We've had crazy abnormally cold and snowing winter conditions. Over a week of temps 20 to -15 and my no freeze water spigot for my barn animals froze. I've lived here 16 yrs and this is a first. I installed this and ran a power cord to it and I've had running water every day. Worth every penny! Hauling buckets of water from the house everyday for the llama and alpacas in -15 F temps wasn't my idea of fun. Two weeks later and we are still battling below freezing temperatures.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The product may work well, I don't know since I had to return it. The reason being that the instr... The product may work well, I don't know since I had to return it. The reason being that the instructions inside tell you that this cannot be covered with insulation and it can only be used on a minimum length of pipe. If it had said that on the outside I would not have purchased since I don't plan on removing the insulation on my pipes.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purchased this as a backup heat tape for the same one purchased last year. The product seems to w... Purchased this as a backup heat tape for the same one purchased last year. The product seems to work as expected.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frost king Works great Used in my barn with no other heat. Used plastic cable ties to hold it to pipe
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heat cable This product work very well keep my copper plumbing pipes from busting or freezing
Date published: 2016-12-28
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