Roof and Gutter Heating Cable
Using the DS-8C Rain / Snow Sensor Controller
The DS-8C has a corded interleaved sensor grid that senses freezing rain or snow. The DS-8C precipitation sensor is very sensitive and can detect a single snowflake or raindrop.
The brass cylinder protruding from the bottom of the DS-8C enclosure is the temperature sensor.
TIP: For reliable rain and snow detection, the moisture sensor should be installed in the gutter, facing up, against the fascia board with a 1” “C”-style conduit clamp.
Allow part of the sensor grid to be exposed to snowfall. This allows the sensor to initially trigger when the snow starts falling and remain triggered as long as the roof/gutter heater continues to drip melted snow buildup from the roof edge when temperatures are below freezing.
TIP: For proper temperature detection the DS-8C enclosure must be mounted outdoors, away from furnace vents, dryer vents, and other sources of heat.
Note that, when powered, the DS-8C moisture grid will always remain hot. This is normal. This allows the sensor to continuously melt/evaporate both rain and snow from the grid.
TIP: The sensor has ten feet of cable is pre-terminated to the sensor head. This cable may be shortened on the controller end as required. Do not add additional cable to the interface.
Maintenance of Your WarmUp System
Prior to the winter season, make sure to clean out your gutters and downspouts of leaves and debris.
Warmup recommends checking the insulation resistance of the roof and gutter heating cable sheath with a 2500 VDC meggar. This reading is taken at the power connection end of the cable between a buss wire and the grounding braid. The minimum acceptable reading is 20 megohms.
The wire, controller and sensor installation should be checked every Fall.
The following checks should be done:
- Meggar test
- Inspect heating cable and connections for signs of damage.
- If physical damage is found, replace the damaged sections.
- If the installation fails the meggar test and physical damage cannot be found, then the complete circuit should be removed and replaced with new roof and gutter heating cable.
- Clean the sensor grid with water and a rag at least once every 4 months.
Note: Over time, corrosive elements left behind when water is evaporated out of the moisture grid will eventually damage the grid rings. The moisture grid can be easily replaced by ordering and installing a new “Moisture Grid Assembly”.
- Test the operation of the DS-8C prior to the winter season.
- Replace any damaged sections and connections.
- TIP: You can trick the system into starting by wetting the sensor and spraying component cooler onto the grid.
TIP: To test the system, you can trick the system into starting by wetting the sensor and spraying component cooler onto the grid.
Warmup Roof and Gutter Deicing System
If you’re unable to rectify the issues that cause your home to have ice dam leaks, then take a proactive step and install a self-regulating cable system that will melt snow and ice and keep a drain path for water to flow freely away from the house, from the roof and gutters.
I consider this roof and gutter heating cable system an investment and cheap insurance.