Electrical Trace Heating Installation

Electrical trace heating, also known as trace heating or surface heating, is the name given to a system used to maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels.

Trace heating is an electrical element run in physical contact with a surface such as a pipe or vessel. Once the trace heating has been applied the surface must then be covered with thermal insulation to stop heat loss. Heat generated by the element then maintains the temperature of the surface to the required level.

Trace heating systems may be used to protect pipes, vessels and the like from freezing, or to maintain process temperatures where substances are used that would solidify at ambient temperatures thereby becoming unworkable.

Heat Trace System is also used widely in the prevention of legionella, maintaining a temperature within pipe work that it is impossible for the cultures to develop in.

Trace heating installers can be adapted to all locations be it a hazardous area, below freezing or high temperatures and is used in many locations such as hotels, hospitals, oil refineries and power stations.

Trace heating is a cost effective solution to your heating requirements as the system will only demand power when the temperature drops below the required level so for frost protection the system will lie dormant for a large part of the year.

The system is controlled by a pre set thermostat so you are able to rest assured that the trace heating will automatically switch on when the temperature reaches the allotted point thereby alleviating any unwanted burst pipes etc should the building be unoccupied for any length of time.

To ensure that the heat generated by the trace heating is not lost thermal insulation should be installed. The thickness and density of the thermal insulation should be appropriate to suit the application and duty. To finish the thermal insulation should be clad in foil, PIB, stainless steel, aluminium or a cement finish depending on the level of mechanical protection required. All our trace heating is installed by our experienced team members, guaranteed and adheres to British Standard BS6351.

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Industrial Trace Heating

We offer industrial trace heating services, including frost protection, heat up, complex piping systems, storage vessels, boilers, pumps, silos, conveyors, bag filters, and instrument lines, among many others. We also offer different engineering services to our customers, and they include:

Industrial trace heating designs

All industrial trace heating supplies including heating cables, thermostat control, junction boxes, ancillary equipment, control panels.

Specialist installation services

Full turnkey

Project management

Drawings and documentation

Trace heating maintenance and heat up

At Power Tech, we acknowledge that many products must be well maintained within the desired condition. Whether it is tanks, pipes, hoppers, or storage vessels, materials and equipment need to be well maintained to work as required.

We will work hard to help you support your heating equipment and ensure they meet the environmental criteria and design. We can also install optional maintenance facilities, making it easy for you to monitor your systems' operational performance.

When developing design maintenance processes, we consider factors such as length of the heating circuit, cable withstand temperature, temperature to be maintained, supply voltage, thermal insulation type and thickness as well as the operating environment.

Benefits of trace maintenance and heat up:
It is energy efficient.
The systems are designed for use in harsh environments.
Time-proven products
Approved for use in hazardous areas
Longline systems
Frost protection

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Heat Trace System For Frost Protection

We offer commercial and industrial frost protection. We provide reliable frost protection for central sprinkler systems, AHU's, loft tanks, pipework, exposed water pipes, chilled cold-water piping, and boosted cold water pipes. Note, however, that thermal insulation does not protect against water or other water-based products during the cold season.

We ensure that your heating systems are protected from frost by installing self-regulating heat trace systems. Our professional heat trace specialists will ensure that they install line sensing and simple ambient thermostats.

These work to regulate the maximum exposure temperatures and help set practical circuit lengths. We also provide fire frost protection services for stainless, copper, plastic, composite-pipe work, sprinkler systems, fire hoses, feeding water services, and other structures.

Electric trace heating systems are reliable, easy to clean, easy to control, and cost-effective in regulating the temperature, thus making them more cost-effective as compared to steam and jacketed heating systems.

Benefits of trace heating for frost protection:

Long life expectancy

Reliable services

Automatic and easy to control

Approved time-proven services

Low energy consumptions


Heat Trace Specialists

Our skilled personnel will help with the installation of a hot water supply pipework that has a self-regulating cable. These cables can regulate hot water input automatically to maintain the water temperature as it is channelled from the boiler to the outlet.

This eliminates the need for the installation of recirculation pumps and return pipes. This ensures you save the space where the return pipes would have been installed and allow you to avoid high maintenance costs.

Self-regulating systems also consume less energy and can be used with bespoke electronic control units to disinfect the pipes thermally. The control units also make it easy to change between economy water and hot water.

Benefits of trace heating for frost protection:

Energy effiency

Instant hot water

Disinfection capability

Easy to use controls

Approved and time-proven products

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Power Tech is a dynamic and flexible electrical contractor and electrical installation company specialising in Trace Heating and Leak Detection systems. Power Tech covers the whole of the UK and Ireland, with offices in Middlesbrough and Manchester.

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