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Duct Cleaning Scams and Avoiding Them

Duct cleaning can help reduce or eliminate the danger of indoor air pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution as one of our gravest environmental threats.

Dust, dirt, pet dander, chemical traces, mold spores and bacteria will collect in and circulate through your home’s HVAC duct network. This puts your family at risk of respiratory distress along with multiple other potential health problems.

TemperaturePro Bux-Mont provides indoor air quality maintenance and installation services in the Philadelphia, PA area.

If you hire a trained, reputable contractor to clean your ducts on an annual basis, it should be worth the investment. Unfortunately, reputable duct cleaning contractors are forced to compete with scam artists, fly-by-night operators and other assorted crooks. Fake or low-quality duct cleaning services are ever-present and their goal is to get something for nothing.

How do you identify duct cleaning scams and protect yourself from becoming a victim? Here are a few warning signs:

Duct cleaning can help reduce or eliminate the danger of indoor air pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution as one of our gravest environmental threats.

Dust, dirt, pet dander, chemical traces, mold spores and bacteria will collect in and circulate through your home’s HVAC duct network. This puts your family at risk of respiratory distress along with multiple other potential health problems.

If you hire a trained, reputable contractor to clean your ducts on an annual basis, it should be worth the investment. Unfortunately, reputable duct cleaning contractors are forced to compete with scam artists, fly-by-night operators, and other assorted crooks. Fake or low-quality duct cleaning services are ever-present and their goal is to get something for nothing.

How do you identify duct cleaning scams and protect yourself from becoming a victim? Here are a few warning signs:

Bargain prices that seem too good to be true: Before hiring anyone contact several duct cleaning companies for pricing. If any are well below the industry average, work under the assumption they aren’t legitimate. In many instances, the scammers will hide extra fees and charges in the fine print of your contract. You’ll end up paying a lot more for their “service” than expected.

An inability to answer questions or provide detailed technical information. If you ask a company’s representatives to describe the duct cleaning process in detail, they should be able to answer your questions thoroughly and without hesitation. If they won’t it means they can’t. That means you need to go elsewhere, quickly.

Poorly maintained, cut-rate cleaning equipment. Qualified, professional duct cleaning contractors rely on to industry-standard equipment to do the job properly. High-powered vacuums are one example. The fly-by-night outfits may show up with a standard shop vac and a box of cleaning rags. Ask to see a prospective contractor’s cleaning equipment ahead of time to make sure they aren’t cutting corners.

Over-the-top warnings about health dangers or imminent HVAC equipment damage are another red flag. Your ducts do need to be cleaned, but there’s really no such thing as a duct cleaning emergency. If a company’s technician tries to scare you with warnings of impending catastrophe, recognize this as the sales pitch for a company with less than honorable intentions.

Multiple negative reviews or complaints are an excellent indicator. It is not hard to find customer reviews for duct cleaning companies. The Better Business Bureau keeps online records of complaints against various companies. This makes it even easier to check out duct cleaners to make sure they are legitimate.

No real online footprint to speak of, including Facebook, tells you something is wrong. In most cases, the lack of an online presence should be considered a bad sign, especially if they have multiple bad reviews.

A general air of unprofessionalism is also a big NO. You want, and should get, a professional presentation by friendly, knowledgeable representatives. The right people are happy to answer questions and offer information about their services. This is what you have a right to expect when you talk to duct cleaning contractors. The con artists seldom live up to these standards. If it looks to be good to be true, it is.

Avoid the temptation to hire the company that gives you the cheapest quote. Go with a contractor that has a firmly established reputation. You’ll get the service you need at a fair and reasonable price.

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