Air Duct Cleaning Scams

Choosing an Air Duct Cleaner is not easy.  Why?  Because you are bombarded with misleading advertising, confusing claims, and simply bad information.  From super low prices and high-pressure sales to unqualified technicians and their worthless methods.  How do you ever find a qualified professional Air Duct Cleaner?  All Air Duct Cleaners are NOT the same and we think the consumer should know the differences before they spend their money.  Here are some of the scams to be aware of.

Air Duct Cleaning Bait and Switch

One of the most frequently asked questions is, can you explain these coupons I keep getting in the mail with the $49 and $79 specials? This so-called whole house air duct cleaning service does not exist for this price! You are offered an amazing coupon deal over the phone and schedule the company to come to your house. But, once in your home, they will perform minimal work and continue to offer you upgrades to the service for additional fees. That $49 deal is now $800.  Unfortunately, even if you give in to their schemes and buy all the upsells, you are still not going to get good work because of the inferior equipment they use to clean air ducts.


Companies offering cheap coupons will schedule service too many homes in a day, in order to make up for their cheap prices.

The operation consists of pretending to clean the air ducts for a brief while and then quickly moving on to the next appointment, only cleaning what you can see.

There is no deep cleaning, so conditions will be left worse than before. This kind of “cleaning” pushes the dust farther back to the hard-to-reach areas of your system, which will then remain unclean and recirculate dust and microbes in the air you breathe.  They will be at your home for about 30 minutes to do the entire job, which should take more like 3 to 4 hours.

Mold Inspection Scams

You see a great coupon offer. You call, the company confirms the offer and you schedule a visit.

But once in your house, they will “inspect” for mold, and they always find it. Now the job will cost hundreds or thousands more because of it!

They had no intention of actually cleaning any air ducts for that low price because they wouldn’t survive as a company on those fees.

So they always find mold, even if you don’t have any, so they can increase the price. They will even bring it with them or use fake tests to convince you.  They might even try to scare you by telling you that it is not safe to be in your home until this is taken care of.

What can you do to avoid getting scammed?

The two most important factors in choosing a company are making sure they are NADCA Certified to clean air ducts and are using powerful vacuum trucks.  Power vacuum trucks will have bags that will pop out of the roof of the truck when the vacuum is turned on.  These are the most powerful vacuums available for air duct cleaning.

You can use this link to find a NADCA Certified company in your area.

Real air duct cleaning is not as cheap as you may see in some coupon offers. The reputable companies sound more expensive at first, but they are charging an honest price for honest work.

Those cheap coupons can result in expensive visits that don’t yield satisfactory results. That’s why it’s always worthwhile to do your homework and check reviews when hiring an air duct cleaning professional.

“The Bitterness of Poor Quality Remains Long After The Sweetness of a Low Price Is Forgotten.”