Has anyone ever hired an air duct cleaning service before? We had one come
out to the house for a $75 dollar 'special'. Well the guy goes into the
attic and says our vents are loaded with mold. He shows me a flexible piece
of duct just off the furnace and says look at this, it's mold. We can clean
it for you. Then gives us an estimate for $900. The stuff looked like
normal dust and dirt - not mold. Does anyone here have any feedback from
this type of 'service'. We are going to get a second opinion from another
service. Any feedback would be appreciated...
Yup....here is some feedback from someone that has been to all the mold
classes we can take in regards to HVAC...
Run from that company and dont pay them a cent. Period.
Matter of fact, post who it was and who told you. That is a common scam.
SCAM I tell you.
Here is how it works..
First, you need to mold sample to be taken and determined what it is...runs
about $100 or less from a reputable AC company. The results will take about
a wek to 25 days to get back.
IF you have flex duct, you CAN NOT clean it. It will be torn to shreads and
be worthless. IF and ONLY IF you have a real mold issue, then if it IS in
the ducts, replace them, find the cause of the mold...either from a leak, or
someplace in the home, and add a UV-C band lamp BEFORE the AC coil.
Remember..mold needs three things
Lack of light.
You cant fix mold in a flex duct. You can dress it up to look pretty, but
you cant leave it in place and fix it.
thanks, CB. i suspected as much. This was CMT Air Duct in Dallas, TX. i
suspect they use their $75 dollar special as a lead-generator only.
probably have never cleaned anyone's ducts for that price. i can have an
a/c repair place take a sample?
not sure how to proceed next...???
Why do you need to do anything? Does anyone exhibit flu
like symptoms or anything else indicating possible mold
toxicity. Is water leaking anywhere in your house? If your
answer is no to any leaking or any ill feelings why would
you want to test or clean? Bacteria and fungi (including
mold) are everywhere and just about any dirt will test for
those two biotics. Thousands (?hundreds of thousands?) of
houses have never been tested or needed testing.
This is Turtle.
Ovid, If you will put a good media filter in the system and wait 6 months ,
you will have a pretty clean duct system for all of the loose stuff will be
loosen up and have came out. If it does not clean the system up in that time
you have some duct leaks that is bring in trash or dust in to the duct work.
If dust does not go into the duct system. you don't have nothing in there to
So fix all the leaks and get a good filter and you don't need a cleaning.
So if you keep the air system leaks and don't keep a good filter in it. You
need to have it cleaned ever so often.
No Air Leaks + Good filter = No duct cleaning.
open the front door and push the guy out of the house, he is trying to
rip you off... with the word of mold most homeowners are gonna panic....
and go for this: and the guy is gonna take and do a $100 job on the
house and pocket the rest...... playing the odds he is gonna make money
as enough people will fall for his pitch and for those that dont, well
he made $75 for the scare, which was probably a $35 service charge.....
i am sure the owner of the company could afford to pay a guy and put out
trucks all day long with a potential to make $900 for a $100 job..
i want mine cleaned also, might be cheaper for me to buy the brush and
then make a big vacuum to attach to hose and do it myself, or rent the
equipment???? seems pretty easy to do..... that all you have to do is
get the dust, dirt out.....
Actually, the whole reason I had them come out was to clean our dryer vent -
there was a bird's nest in it (I saw the bird fly in the vent). We bought
the house in March from owners who were quite neglectful so I thought why
not get the whole package since everything else about the house was in a
state of disrepair. However, I'm not a fool. I knew this guy was full of
s---! All the comments in this group have confirmed this. Thanks,
PS I think I'll try that mold test from Lowe's. I hate the idea people can
get away with this sort of thing!
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