MDU urges customers to check natural gas meters, furnace vents for snow and ice

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is encouraging customers to inspect their natural gas meter and furnace vent areas for snow and ice buildup and clear it away.

They say snow and ice accumulations can cause the regulator and meter to malfunction, which can result in a hazardous situation. Clogged regulators can impact the supply of gas to the appliances, wet and heavy snow from melting can put pressure on the meter setting and cause strain on the associated piping, and piping can even break.

MDU says customers should also check the area around their furnace vent to make sure it is not blocked.