Common Duct Cleaning Scams
Air duct cleaning is not an easy task. When done efficiently, it is not as cheap as some unreliable companies would advertise. Scammers are found in every type of service, especially air duct cleaning. It’s always best to do further investigation on the company you hire to ensure proper care. Below we list common duct cleaning scams and how you can avoid them.
Quality over Quantity
The biggest mistake a customer can make is to assume all companies provide equal amounts of quality. This is especially true when it comes to air duct cleaning. Like most companies, you’ll receive a quote that may seem too good to be true. By having an incredibly low payment and adding multiple discounts, the scammers will appear to be cheaper than more reliable companies. However, it may be too late before you notice that the quality of work is not up to par with legit competitors. Be sure to keep an eye out for a reasonable price range and also do further research. By asking questions and the breakdown of cost, you can ensure you’ve hired true professionals.
Simple and Quick
This type of scam involves companies who claim air duct cleaning is simple and quick. Usually, they will be in and out of your home within an hour which can only mean their cleaning was not thorough. You may be able to observe the technicians “cleaning” the system but we can bet they only cleaned part of it. A deep and professional cleaning can take anywhere between 3-5 hours. This timely chore can ensure every part of your HVAC system has been wiped clean.
How to avoid
One way you can avoid common duct cleaning scams is to ask questions! By reading previous customer reviews, you can have an idea of what the experience will be like. When you have decided on a company, dig a little further and maybe shoot them a phone call. Your local air duct cleaners should be very knowledgeable and should be able to answer any questions. Below we listed a few things you could ask and look out for.
Before and after photos: Ask for pictures, it’s reassuring and satisfying to see the results!
An insured company: Accidents happen and the best air duct cleaning businesses will have insurance that allows peace of mind for both you and them.
Steam cleaning: Avoid steam cleaning at all costs! We believe that the steam cleaning method produces moisture and this will enhance mold and bacteria growth.