Protect Yourself from Air Duct Cleaning Scams

Protect Yourself from Air Duct Cleaning Scams

When it comes time to clean your air duct system, do your research and make sure that you're hiring a professional duct cleaning service. It's unfortunate, but true, that fraudulent air duct cleaning companies exist in today's marketplace. But one Ohio senator is trying to change that!

The bait and switch scam first started with small print limiting the number of vents and mains that are cleaned in your home. Typically the small print would read: Whole House Special $99 (The bait) "Includes 7 Supply vents, 1 Return vent and 1 Main trunk."

You will certainly have more ductwork than what their "special" includes. Here comes the switch. Miraculously the additional ductwork in your home, not to mention your furnace (not included in the special) will cost anywhere from an additional $300 to $2000. All they needed was a foot in the door.

Last week, The Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio Senator Kevin Bacon introduced what would be a first-in-the-nation requirement that air duct cleaners register with the state.

"Bacon hopes the registration requirement will inform consumers about who is running a legitimate duct-cleaning business and chase swindlers out of the state. The bill also would spell out clearly what duct-cleaners cannot do, and prohibit work being done without a signed contract. Bacon said that would make it easier to use the Consumer Sales Practices Act to go after fraudulent companies."

You may want to contact professional duct cleaning service providers and ask them about the services they provide. Remember, they are trying to sell you a service, so ask questions and insist on complete and knowledgeable answers.

AdvantaClean is a nationwide company that provides local services, specializing in air duct cleaning.