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3 Tips to Avoid Duct Cleaning Scams
We’d all rather spend hard-earned dollars on a nice dinner, a concert, or anything… as opposed to getting our ductwork cleaned. However, most homeowners realize that duct cleaning is necessary, just like HVAC maintenance, or cleaning out the gutters. Home maintenance protects one of our biggest investments. But because it’s not ‘fun’ it’s tempting to look for the duct cleaning service with the lowest price.
However, is a ‘penny saved’ really worth it?
Duct cleaning done correctly takes more than an hour of vacuuming. In some cases, it can take a technician using specialized equipment an entire day to do the job correctly. Many duct cleaning scams promise that they can do the job in an hour and for next to nothing.
Don’t Waste Your Money
So, how do you avoid Duct Cleaning Scams and keep from throwing away your money?
First of all you should always be wary of scammers who use low prices to get in the door and then scare homeowners into purchasing additional and possibly unnecessary work.
Here are some additional tips to avoid duct cleaning scams.
1. Always check to see if the contractor is certified by the NADCA
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, part of the US Department of Labor, recommends that consumers only hire certified members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) for air duct cleaning services. This helps protect consumers from scammers knocking on your door.
2. Check to see if they are registered with the BBB
Chances are that the Better Business Bureau will have a record of any complaints against a company that is not operating on the up-and-up. You can also check client reviews online. Just make sure that they look legitimate. Most companies suffer from one or two disgruntled clients, but if that is their “norm,” you should look for one that has a good rating with both the BBB and consumers.
3. Trust your gut. If the deal is too good to be true, then it probably is.
Here are the facts.
- Duct cleaning takes time.
- It requires specialized equipment.
- One way or another, it’s going to cost more than $39.99.
If a contractor tells you differently, something is not right.
Get a second opinion if you’re not sure a duct cleaning estimate is accurate.
Besides the ‘bait and switch’ tactics used by duct cleaning scammers, hiring a contractor that doesn’t do the job right can cause damage your duct system. In the long run, having to repair the damage will cost you more money. Therefore, you should shop around and find a reputable company with reasonable pricing. Ask for a quote and talk with their technicians about their duct cleaning process.
Unfortunately, duct cleaning scams happen all the time. In particular, you should watch out for mold scams. Don’t fall victim to unscrupulous contractors. Call Aeroseal and learn more about the duct cleaning process.