Homeowners are always looking for great deals on their home services. And with summer just around the corner, they are likely to see more and more companies offering amazing discounts on duct cleanings. However, more often than not, these dishonest companies are merely trying to get their foot in the door to scam homeowners into spending thousands on repairs and “cleanings” they don’t actually need. It’s important that homeowners know how duct cleaning scams work, and what they can do to avoid them.
An Overview of Duct Cleanings
Before we get started, it’s helpful to understand the basics of duct cleaning. Over time, your ducts start to collect mold, dust and other airborne pollutants. Not only does this make it harder for air to flow through your ducts, but it can spread allergens throughout your home, making your family sick.
For these reasons, it is advised that homeowners have their ducts professionally cleaned every three to five years. The recommended time varies depending on your family’s sensitivity to allergens. The average duct cleaning can range anywhere from $300 to $600, depending on the size of the home, age of the AC system and the amount of cleaning needed.
How Duct Cleaning Scams Work
Duct cleaning scams usually start popping up in the summer time, when homeowners are becoming more reliant on their air conditioners. These companies promise duct cleaning costs as low as $49.99. Wow, what a deal!
Seem too good to be true? That’s because it is. Once the scammers are inside your home, these “duct cleaning professionals” suddenly have some bad news. They found mold. Or soot. Or some other “very bad, dangerous pollutant” that must be dealt with.
And it gets worse. Fixing these “severe” problems isn’t included in the amazingly low cost you were promised. Suddenly, homeowners are left with bills of a $1,000 and up to fix a problem that may not even be real.
The worst part is, many of these companies do not even clean your ducts! There have been many reports of people charged hundreds of dollars, only to have a very poor cleaning done by these under qualified technicians.
How To Avoid Being Scammed
First of all, don’t go with a company just because they have the lowest prices. Air duct cleaning should never cost you less than $300, and anyone promising you otherwise is most likely dishonest.
The best way to avoid being scammed is to always get a second opinion. Anytime someone is trying to charge you 10 times the original amount, it’s smart to have someone else look at the problem. Many technicians will try to pressure you into letting them fix the problem right away, but it’s important to go with your gut. Never allow a technician to pressure you into paying for services you don’t feel comfortable with.
Get Your Ducts Cleaned By Professionals You Can Trust
At Engineered Air, we offer expert cleaning at an honest price. If you are in need of a cleaning, or would like a second opinion on work someone else has done, feel free to give us a call anytime. We promise to give you a fair price in exchange for excellent services. Call Engineered Air today or schedule your appointment online.