Town Talk: Winter reminders from the Natural Gas Department
The heating season is upon us and it’s time to get your furnace cleaned and checked for proper operation. The New Ulm Public Utilities has a rebate program for its customers to help cover that cost. Call one of these participating vendors: Ahrens Heating Inc., Fodness Heating, Gag Sheet Metal Inc., Klassen Mechanical Inc., Nilson Heating & Air Conditioning, & Schultz Plumbing & Heating, and request a furnace cleaning at the $40 discounted price on a check and clean. The discount will be applied on your invoice from the vendor. Checking your furnace now can reduce the chance of problems in the future.
Remember to call the gas department first if you are having trouble with your natural gas appliances. We will make sure that the supply of natural gas is not the problem at no charge to you. If you call an appliance repair person or plumber before us and the problem turns out to be the gas meter or regulator you will not be reimbursed for that service call.
Make sure you check the operation of your carbon monoxide detector. If you do not have one, get one, it can save your life. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that can be produced when wood, natural gas, gasoline, propane and other fuels are burned. This gas can accumulate in your house over time and at elevated levels can be fatal.
Check your gas meter and make sure it is clear of snow and ice. Last year there were several incidents where ice had built up and fallen onto the gas meters creating a dangerous situation. Please watch for this and notify the gas department.
Annually, Gas Department staff replaces gas meters to ensure their accuracy. If your meter is scheduled to be replaced, a tag will be placed on your home’s exterior door. Upon receiving this, please call the number on the tag as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. It is necessary for us to enter your home to complete the installation. Our technicians will re-light pilot lights if necessary and make sure your gas appliances are working before leaving.
The New Ulm Public Utilities Gas Department wishes you and yours a safe Holiday Season.
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