Breaking Down Tracer Wire from Performance Wire And Cable

Kelly Benjamin
January 25, 2018

Tracer wire is a versatile product that, when utilized correctly, can serve various purposes for different wiring and cabling applications. That’s why Performance Wire and Cable, a wire and cable company based in Camden, NY, offers two types of tracer wire.


TW wire stands for a thermoplastic, water resistant wire. THW wire is similar, but also boasts heat resistance. These tracer wires are commonly found in residential and industrial machine wiring circuits, such as refrigeration equipment, washing machines, HVAC units and more. This wire, when combined with its polymerizing vinyl chloride (PVC) insulation, can function properly in temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Performance offers this tracer wire from 8 to 14 AWG (American Wire Gauge).

Underground Tracer Wire

Underground tracer wire, also referred to as electrical wire tracer or locator wire, is the type of tracer wire used for direct burial applications. Contractors, gas and oil distributors, water and sewage departments, telecommunications companies and more all must utilize electrical tracer wire in order to locate underground piping and other non-traceable lines before digging.

This tracer wire is available in 6 through 14 AWG. It comes with a high molecular weight and high density polyethylene (HMWPE) insulation. This differs from PVC insulation that THHN wire has, which is an obsolete choice for underground applications because it lacked durability. The HMWPE insulation provides resistance to abrasion, chemicals, oils, crushing and more. It also can perform well in both wet and dry environments.

Standard reels, for either type of tracer wire, include 500, 1,000 and 2,500 feet of wire. However, Performance Wire and Cable can ship larger amounts if needed. Contact us today for a free quote on tracer wire!