Air Duct Cleaning Scams


There are some air duct cleaning companies that are not honest they take advantage of some ones ignorance and make a killing from them. In this tough economy people are looking for unscrupulous ways to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals. Since you don’t want to be one of the people who are taken advantage of here are a couple of things you should know about air duct cleaning companies and the scams they run.

There are duct cleaning companies that charge as little as$ 39.99 for their services. This is very improbable because it is a two man job and the guys who do this job are paid $ 15 per hour that means that the two guys will be paid $ 30 and the rest will be on transportation. That is assuming they finish the work within the hour. This is a warning sign as this is too good to be true.

In reality they don’t finish the work in an hour and you will never pay $ 39.99 for duct cleaning. The two conmen will come to your home carrying a portable vacuum device and will start their work. They will cut a few holes into the duct system and look at it. They start looking at the air duct system before the price is settled. Afterwards they will approach you and say that they weren’t expecting to do so much work in your home and you will have to increase their price. They will also tell you that your duct is poorly laid out and you will have to be charged extra for the work that is done.

They also play on your fears by telling you that the ducts have mold and the health of the people living in that house is at risk. They make you worry that if left untreated you and your family will have respiratory disorders. They will look for things to add onto the cost of service until at the end of the day you find yourself paying out an exorbitant amount of money. There is a story of a woman who called the service and initially she was asked to for $ 39.99 but at the end of it all they charged her $ 1800.

To protect yourself from something like this happening in the future you should do the following: ask for a price guarantee in writing before the work begins; check with a local body on the standards of duct cleaning; go online and check with BBB, better business bureau, to see whether the company you are getting services from have A ratings avoid the ones that have F ratings; read the fine print on all offers; look at the companies location; look at how long the company has been in business, this is not to discount new companies but older companies are more reliable; and ask for referees.

As you now know the duct cleaning companies to avoid look for that will provide quality services- they will write a quote for you and stay within the budge; they will show up on time and be ready to start working as agreed; look for possible refunds if you aren’t happy with them and look for positive reviews.