HVAC Cleaning Scams

How to Avoid Being Taken To The Cleaners by the Cleaners 

Air duct cleaning is not an easy job. When done right, it is not as cheap as some unreliable companies would have you believe. That is why these types of companies always offer the best deals and coupons. The biggest mistake a customer can make is to think that all companies provide the same high level of quality duct cleaning services. Scam companies will provide a nominal quote which makes reliable companies seem way too expensive. However, it may be too late before you find out that the quality of work is not up to par and you have wasted your money. Be sure to keep an eye out for a few of the scams outlined below when choosing your next duct cleaning company.

The Air Duct Cleaner “Bait and Switch” 

This particular scam begins with a coupon that seems too good to be true. That is because it is. Once in your home, the company will perform minimal work and continually offer upgrades for additional fees. Even if you give in and buy all of the upsells, you are still not going to get quality work from this kind of company.

The “Quick and Dirty” Air Duct Scam  

This scam involves companies who overbook themselves in order to keep their prices low. They will come to your home and clean only the part of the air ducts that you can see before quickly moving on to the next appointment. Since there is no deep cleaning involved, conditions are left worse than before. This kind of scam is harmful to the duct systems in your home because it pushes the dust and debris further into the system, making it harder to reach.  This can then recirculate the dust and microbes in the air that is circulating in your home, contaminating the air you breathe.

The “Mold Inspection Scam” 

This type of scam is the most common. You see a great coupon offer for duct cleaning, so you call the company, and they come over for a scheduled cleaning.  Once in your house, they “inspect” for mold, and they say that they have found it no matter if mold is present or not. Now the cleaning job costs hundreds more for mold remediation. The company had no real intention of cleaning ducts for the quoted price. They always find mold so they can increase their price. They even go as far as bringing mold samples with them and bringing fake tests to show to the customer to convince them.

In the end, when it comes to duct cleaning, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.  Professional air duct cleaning is not as cheap as some coupon offers make it seem. Credible companies do have higher prices, but they are upfront about their prices and honest about their work. Remember, cheap coupons and scam companies result in expensive visits and unsatisfactory results. That is why it is essential that you remember these scams and try to avoid them when hiring a duct cleaning professional.  For a quality and reliable job, do not take any risks and contact the experts at willardductcleaning.com



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