Equipment Safety and Maintenance
Natural gas lines typically run from a gas main in your street or road to the meter attached to your home. A line from the meter runs into your home and extends to your natural gas-fired appliances.
Greater Minnesota Gas is responsible for maintaining and repairing the service line, the regulator, and the meter itself. You are responsible for maintaining the line from the meter to your home (both above and below ground) and the line that extends to your natural gas-fired appliances.
Gas piping requires proper maintenance to keep it functioning correctly and to prevent corrosion and leakage.
We recommend you contact a heating and plumbing contractor to locate, inspect, and repair your gas piping periodically. Buried piping must be inspected for corrosion or leaks. Regular inspections keep your underground gas piping functioning properly, insuring continuous service.
Gas Appliance Connector Safety
Gas connectors need to be inspected regularly and replaced if damaged. Certain types of flexible connectors manufactured between 1970 and 1980 may fail over time and need to be replaced.
Don’t replace connectors yourself. Only a qualified professional should check your connector and replace it if needed.
After disconnecting gas appliances, always remove the gas connectors and plug and cap the fuel line. It’s a good idea to replace flexible connectors once every ten years.
Winter Safety – Clear the Snow and Ice
Our Minnesota winters can lead to ice and snow accumulation around your natural gas meter, pipes, and appliance vents. Clear away snow and ice to prevent safety issues.
- Meter – Clear a path to your meter, making it accessible for utility workers during the winter months. Use a broom to carefully clear snow and ice from your meter and exposed pipes.
- Vents – Vents for sidewall vented appliances such as direct vent furnaces, fireplaces, and tankless water heaters, as well as dryer vents and other appliance vents should not be blocked or obstructed by ice, snow, or other materials. Keep the area around vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide back-up into your home or building.
FOR NATURAL GAS RELATED EMERGENCIES CALL 888-931-3411
Call Before You Dig
Are you utilizing the Gopher State One Call 811 system? You must call in located at least two business days prior to doing any digging on your property. By following this important step, you will prevent service interruption for both you and your neighbors.
As you are spring cleaning, take a few minutes to clean around your furnace and water heater! Never store rags, boxes, newspaper, chemicals or paint cans around these appliances.