How Much Does Air Duct Cleaning Cost?

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AJ

Subject: Proper tools to cleans ducts work.

Just bought a house that's been vacant for a long time. I got little bugs coming out my vents .Want to get it clean but don't know nothing . what the proper tools companies should be using since this is a expensive job.

Anthony Mendez

Subject: Air Duct Cleaning

Hi I clean air ducts cleaning in Wichita,KS and it's true you get what you paid for... and I'm sorry I have to pay for my own gas, if my vehicle breaks down, I have to pay for it... I'm sorry I only get paid comission, I do have to eat, sleep, wash my clothes, but if you buy a coupon and you just wanna do the basic, that's fine. Like the old saying goes "time is money!!" It's the sad truth. But of you do spend some extra money believe me I will do my very best to make sure your happy. Every single thing I have read are negative what about the positive, I am a person that takes GREAT PRIDE in what I do.

Cindy

Subject: Air Duct Cleaning

I agree about the coupons. While they are often useful, in our case, we (who usually are more intelligent than this) were talked into a more expensive cleaning that ultimately added up to about 900.00. After reading Angie's articles, we realized what a silly mistake we made. Next time, we will do our research.

Linda Moses

Subject: Was I overcharged?

I had a company come and clean my air ducts (10 registers- 4 intakes with 2 trunk lines). I was okay with the price of $400. Then, they said I needed to have the ducts sanitized and disinfected and was charged another $360. I was told this process was $18 per duct. That's 14 ducts multiplied by the $18 which was another $252. When I went to pay however - they said there were more ducts and when I protested he cut me off and was very adamant about the payment. I know I should have tried harder but felt intimidated. I'm confused - was $260 a fair amount?

peter

Subject: yes you were over charged

Hi Linda.
Yes you were over charged.
As a professional Gas Technician that's owns a HVAC/DUCT cleaning company you were taken advantage of. My cost for your home would have been $450 plus tax. This would include unlimited vents, all trunk lines and drop ducts, plenum and AC coil, furnace cleaning, System Sanitizing and dryer Vent Cleaning. Great deal great price.

Chris

Subject: Air duct guy

I just wanted to say that people run coupons everyday offering good deals. Why do they do this? To get people in their store, resteraunt or other place of business so they will hopefully buy other things as well. In case anyone did not know this is a marketing technique to generate more business which in return generates more revenue. More revenue equals successful business generally. So having said that just bc you find a coupon for an air duct cleaning does not mean it's a scam. It could mean this company is trying to use every facet available to MAKE MORE MONEY! Aren't we all trying to do that? Yes do your homework and make sure Joe Shmoe knows what he's doing but do not speculate all companies running a coupon are out to scam you. After all you have the final say. No one is holding a gun to your head making you pay for extra services. Your not scammed because someone was a great salesman. Your scammed when someone says you have mold and does not show you or test it. Or when a two hour job takes thirty minutes. Or when their using a leaf blower and a shop vac. Use common sense people. I'm sure 90% of people know what mold looks like so ask to see it if they do not offer, or you may think somethings up if someone brings in a leaf blower and a Orek XL to clean your ducts. Or pulls up in a compact car talking about fee fie foe fum I'm gonna clean you air thingys. Common sense folks. Use your better judgement.

mike ambro

Subject: mold

im buying a house on west coast of Fl close to the water. The inspector said there seemed to be mold at some registers & at some connections in the attic. The pics did show wat appeared to be mold & said its common. What do i do now? im very low on money, looking for an idea. i can replace all the flex tubing in the attic.

Jim

Subject: Air Duct Cleaning:

I was an HVAC tech and a duct design specialist for 10 years before I stated duct cleaning 20 years ago, I have 8 certifications in mold and mold testing, and I'm here to tell you some of the best and worst duct cleaners I have seen have many certifications, It comes down to work pride and proper cleaning equipment. So get references from friends and family make sure the company has little or no complaints.

Joel

Subject: There are a few different

There are a few different methods to cleaning air ducts. The main reason for a good or not good experience with a duct cleaning company is the individual that is performing the task. I have seen a couple ways of doing it and both work if the person at the other knows what to do. You can also ask them if they have a scope so you can see in the ducts and verify a good job.

Perry

Subject: NADCA Duct cleaning

I've read a lot of replies on here and I'm sorry for people's bad experiences with companies who shouldn't be cleaning ducts. The only problem I have with the post on Angie's list is the pricing is a bit low for companies like mine to make a profit. I have owned a NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) Certified duct cleaning company since 1999. We do residential, hospitals, factories, and commercial buildings. We send a NADCA certified ASCS (Air Systems Cleaning Specialist) and VSMR (Ventilation System Mold Remediators) specialist to every job we do, including residential jobs. It cost us a lot to keep our certifications up, we have to go to classes each year for this. Our prices are higher than the prices Angie's List stated, but its like the saying goes, you get what you pay for. A home that is 1500 sq ft would take 2 technicians about 4 hours to do the work because most the homes in the area I cover have crawl spaces, and they have to crawl under the house to clean the ductwork. This is 8 total work hours for this job, plus the cost of travel time and gas to get to the jobsite. The cost of the job would be $750. A larger home would be more depending on the size of the house. That is a bit higher than Angie's list stated, but this covers everything with no hidden cost. And to send 2 qualified people to a job site its going to cost more than 1 guy going in with a shop vac type system and telling the home owner that he doesn't need to go under the house or in the attic to clean the duct work. We get a lot of jobs going behind these type duct cleaners to fix what they messed up then the home owner is stuck paying 2 companies. One last thing, make sure the person is NADCA certified, and not just say certified. Some of the companies who make shop vac type systems will teach a day and a half class and then give the person a certification saying they can operate that duct machine. This is NOT the same as NADCA certification. NADCA is the only certification recognized by the EPA for cleaning HVAC Duct. Good luck and have a great day.

Eli Bowie

Subject: Duct cleaning

I'm researching several different blogs on the controversy conversation regards to duct cleaning. First my experiance in the hvac industry , so it will maybe shed a understanding . I'm age 45 I have worked full time since the age of 15 Now with that been said, I've worked every part of hvac their is. Bottom line, i don't care how many licence or certifications a person has. Or how popular the company is. They send one person who is the bosses right hand man and a helper who doesn't care about what he's doing just looking for a paycheck. Leaving the right hand man with the task at hand. So think about it , the company that is telling you go with the certified companies and brag they are real duct cleaning companies are realy selling you on the fancy equipment they use. Simple watch the guys in action. most can record every second of before and after video. That tells it all. And just because someone as I read other companies say including Angie's list , run from low bids is total bull. Use common sence. If they say 49 bucks your not using common sence. If they say 1000 bucks for a standard house under 2000 sq foot. Again common sence. Indoor coil cleaning, drain cleaning, return air cleaning, blower removal cleaning, grills removed and washed Not wiped off. Furnace or airhandler cleaning. Return air grills removed washed, outside condencer or heat pump non acid washed. 800.00 bucks. I do it everyday. When we finish the customer knows what they have paid for, because we want our customers to be involved as they want to be. Far as mold inspectors on staff doesn't mean a whole lot, when only a lab can truly confirm that. Then it's a total different ball game. Good luck pic a company that allows you to be involved and video proof. That gives you the customer peice of mind.

Karol

Subject: Air duct cleaning

I've been scammed too. I paid the living social special and they came out and did a sucky job and said we had mold so I paid $330 for it and my neighbor said I shouldn't have because it is hard to get mold out here were we live. They used a shop vac and a bottle spray which probably had clorox. $330 down the drain for free.

Robert

Subject: Air Duct Cleaning Pricing

I am reading theses emails from home owners and HVAC Duct Cleaning Companies. My Advice is Simple. In NC where I live and work, the air duct cleaning Industry is unregulated. There are less then honest companies selling their services every day - even on Angie's List! I know - I own and operate a HVAC restoration company and see the scams every day!

I just lost a big job to a company that convinced the homeowner they could clean 3 Air Handler Units, 30 Supply Vents, 6 Return Lines and "Sanitize" the system for a total of $350.00. Not per unit - total cost!

Do your homework! Read! Research your contractors. EPA website has a white paper. Written in English. EPA even has a checklist for the consumer that tells you what to look for in a contractor.

NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) has standards and guidelines readily available for you the consumer. (ACR 2013).

The DUCT Cleaning Industry is full of Cons and less then honest people. Do your homework.
Don't go to the Coupon Guy.
Don't use anyone that tells you have "Mold!" (Air Quality Test should be performed if you suspect mold.)
Verify the contractor has insurance for what they do - request proof.
Do they provide pictures? Proof they cleaned the entire system?
**Do they clean the Air Handler Unit or Furnace? The most important part of your HVAC system is the Air Handler Unit. Will the company you call clean the air handler unit? (Blower, coils, insulation, drainpan)?

If you suspect you have "suspicious" microbial growth in your air duct system, call a professional. Of call your HVAC Contractor. You can clean it - but you have to find the cause. It will come back.

Just do your homework. It is your HOME! Good luck.

Bill Hall

Subject: Air Duct Cleanng / NADCA Certification

I have been in the IAQ field for 30 years and have seen it all. I've used truck mounted equipment, portable equipment ( the general ) and portable hepa vac equipment with 3500 cfm to 5000 cfm, can suck up a 16 lbs bowling ball. With all this suction power you would think that a little dust in the duct would be no problem. The National air duct association states that without agitation ( rotary brushes) the dust will still be adhered to the inside surface of the duct. So I guess what I'm saying is that Nadca certification is key along with the proper procedures.Consumers can go to the NADCA Website for more great information.

Sam

Subject: air duck

lo everyone. I read your Experience. I can say, with good reason since i m an authorized technician of air duck cleaning, that Angie is absolutely right. in order to do a proper cleaning of the ducts serve the means and the proper time. usually for a normal house with a single system the amount payable is between 350 and 550 dollars and the time goes by dirt inside but always not less than 2 hours to clean everything. I regard cupon I can tell you that some are valid and offer the right price for the performance. I also read mold in ducts, before we tell the customer that there is mold perform a test that is analyzed in the laboratory and only after 3 days, with the result of the analysis of paper, inform risk and if the customer is okay proceed with the sanitation of the duct with certified products of the highest quality, just think that the product that we use costs 55 dollars a gallon. but I'm not here to make me adverts, I feel sorry for people who have had bad experiences, I personally love my job and I try to always do it in a proper manner.

Daymond

Subject: Bad Duct work cleaning

I too received bad duct work service..;..

My intention was to use the $59.99 coupon for unlimited vents and 1 return. I have allergies so I wanted to make sure I cleaned out everything that is needed. The technician says that the coupon doesn't include the furnace and the main trunks which turned out to be an extra $270 (and that I needed to have this done). On top of that I was charged $130 for a blower housing cleaning of which they used the shopvac to blow air in the ducts push the debris and dust. On top of that I was charged $200 for Sanitizer and Mildicide. I only saw the technician use a white spray bottle to spray the vents and return (so I don’t know if the contents in the bottle contain both chemicals). He also used a drill attached with a cord. At the end of the cord it was a brush to I guess loosen the dirt in the ducts. After this, a vac was used to suck the dirt. He asked for my phone so he can take before and after pictures of only the return vent. His partner cleaned the furnace of which didn't let me see how it looked after. I was charged an additional $40 for the Lifetime Electrostatic Filter (he said it was originally $120, whatever). Lastly he wanted to install a UV light to take out the mold for $600, but I declined. When they left there was dust on my TV stand the upstairs hallway (under the return vent), and mostly in the furnace. I had to replace my filter immediately since they use the shop vac to blow in the air duct technique. I plan on requesting a refund.

Daymond

Subject: Bad Duct work cleaning

I too received bad duct work service..;..

My intention was to use the $59.99 coupon for unlimited vents and 1 return. I have allergies so I wanted to make sure I cleaned out everything that is needed. The technician say that the coupon doesn't include the furnace and the main trunks which turned out to be an extra $270 (and that I needed to have this done). On top of that I was charged $130 for a blower housing cleaning in that they used the shopvac to blow air in the ducts push debris and dust. On top of that i was charged $200 for Sanitizer and Mildicide, of which I saw the technician use a white spray bottle to spray the vents and return. He also used a drill attached with a cord. At the end of the cord it was a brush to I guess loosen the dirt in the ducts. After a vac was used to suck the dirt. He asked for my phone so he can take before and after pictures of only the return vent. His partner cleaned the furnace of which didn't let me see how it looked after. I was charged an additional $40 for the Lifetime Electrostatic Filter (he said it was originally $120, whatever). Lastly he wanted to install a UV light to take out the mold for $600, but I declined. When they left there was dust on my TV stand the upstairs hallway (under the return vent), and mostly in the furnace. I had to replace my filter immediately since they use the shop vac to blow in the air duct technique. I plan on requesting a refund.

Ruby

Subject: Air Duct Cleaning

I agree with the first post, you should always avoid the scams of companies just trying to get their foot in the door. With our company personally we will give an estimate over the phone based off of sq ft and how many vents, and when we give a price quote that's what it will be. I am a firm believer that you should know the exact cost before you have something done. Also the time is also correct, it takes time to go into someones home and do a great job. Anyone who is there less than one and a half hours should not have been there in the first place.

Tom M

Subject: Air Duct Cleaning Special offer coupon in mail

Hi there

Just read your response on cheap air duct cleaning specials and you hit it right on the head. I called a company that advertised its "spring special" in the val-pack coupons we get every so often in the mail. They advertised $89 for up to ten vents and then $9 for each additional vent. The main trunk lines were $25 each. Everything was fine and the tech who came out was very good in explaining what he would be doing. Of course he showed me that he did a mold test (which they do for free) and the results of the test were that we had some serious mold. The cost to clean this would be $20 per vent. We have 30 vents throughout the entire house. In addition he mentioned the blower motor of the furnace needed cleaning which was an additional $250.00 if I wanted to do it (because it was so hard to get in and clean it). I initially said yes to the blower cleaning and "give me a minute to think about it" on the mold clean up. After about five minutes I went down to tell him no to the blower and no to the mold clean up and he already had the blower out and had started cleaning it. He said no problem he would put it back and then came back up later to tell me he texted his boss and that his boss would offer the mold cleaning for half of what they usually do and he cleaned the blower motor for free since he already had it out. I ended up going ahead with the mold cleaning which I probably should not have but with four kids i figured i should get it taken care of. Probably a rip off but who knows. When it was all said and done this is what I paid for a house with 30 vents and 6 main trunk lines: $409 + $89 to clean a dryer vent + $300 to treat mold in vents = $798.00

hope this helps others

Ruby

Subject: Air Duct Cleaning

I agree with the first post, you should always avoid the scams of companies just trying to get their foot in the door. With our company personally we will give an estimate over the phone based off of sq ft and how many vents, and when we give a price quote that's what it will be. I am a firm believer that you should know the exact cost before you have something done. Also the time is also correct, it takes time to go into someones home and do a great job. Anyone who is there less than one and a half hours should not have been there in the first place.

anthony paterno

Subject: to tom m

hi tom im in the air duct cleaning for 20 years you where scamed,,it does not cost to treat mold 300 dollars,if thiers mold in ducts it would not be at the regersters only,,sorry,,i just read your post,,,anthony

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Yes Jupiter. It depends on the severity of the situation, is the mold encapsulated in the insulation. If yes, than replace [insulation] it with new. Is it on the casing of the heater? If yes, clean it with a mold neutralizing metal cleaner. It's not a matter of finding something or someone to clean or address the existing mold. It's a matter of finding a contractor to rectify what is causing the mold grow. It's coming from excessive moisture in the air-handler unit. I can say with 100% surety you’re dealing with poor airflow and/or incorrect equipment sizing! Either issue will cause excessive icing of the evaporator coil, which leads to excessive condensate water in the system. The condensate will eventually overflow the drain pan leaving stagnant water in the air-handler housing, which leads to mold growth. I would not let any contractor do any kind of temporary repair, add any device like a UV light or air-cleaning product until the aforementioned is corrected. I talk a lot about this in my videos and on my website. It is the result of improper system design from unqualified contractors. There is a reason why some guys cost more than others, and this is one reason why!




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If the ducts are venting through a window I'm assuming the duct work is all easily accessible.  Lowe's and Home Depot sell a cleaning kit that uses an electric drill to spin the brush as it goes through the ductwork.  I've found it to work quite well and you can do it yourself.  It may take a few passes the first time to get everything out if it has been a while since it was last cleaned.  Just make sure you get all of the loose lint out after running the brush through from both ends and you're good to go.  Please note that if the line is not hard but rather a flex duct line you can easily puncture a whole in it with this kit and will do better to clean it by hand.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
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There are varying opinions on the type of cleaning to have done on your air ducts.  My opinion is that it varies based on the type of duct work you have.  If you have solid material (typically metal) ducting you can have use a company that uses a brush to scrape the system clean.  If you have flexible plastic or foil ducts the solvent cleaners are generally a safer bet since the brushes often tear holes in the soft material and/or pull joints loose.  It really depends on what type on ducting you have.  You're ducts will collect all kinds of dirt, skin cells and allergens over time so if you see dicoloration around your vents it is probably time to get them checked and cleaned.

Also, don't stop at the duct work.  Don't forget your annual system check up by a licensed HVAC technician.  They'll make sure your system is running at peak performance, keeping it running efficiently and with as little impact as possible on your electric bill.  You can often save the cost of the annual tune up in the electricity cost saved.  If you have a natural gas system a bi-annual check and cleaning of the HVAC unit may be advisable to save electricity and gas.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
www.thomeservices.com


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if you have exhausted all of your choices I would call and put a complain in with the BBB then go to the DA and put a complain with them.  Then get a good lawyer and sue them for all you can get.

raymond gonzalez
koolray heating and air