Neglected, dirty ductwork can affect HVAC performance and cause indoor air problems. But duct cleaning isn’t a job you can entrust to just anyone. Consider the following to avoid being misled and overcharged.
- Low prices: If you see a flyer stuck in your door or get a phone call from someone offering low rates on duct cleaning, your best recourse is to say no. Sometimes these companies promise more than than can deliver and when they get to your home, they’ll start adding other problems to the list they can fix for you. What started as a low price can cost you thousands by the time they’re finished.
- Scare tactics: One common scare tactic used by these disreputable companies is to claim there is mold inside of your ducts. If they walk into your home and tell you immediately they can smell or sense mold, be sure you get a second opinion from a reputable HVAC contractor.
- Quick services: Be wary of any company that claims they can be in and out of your home in an hour or two. Depending on the equipment they use for cleaning, HVAC contractors often take that much time just to set up. Many ducts, especially flexible systems, are fragile and they take time to clean without damaging them.
- Annual service: Companies that tell you that you should have your ducts cleaned annually should also run a red flag up the pole for you. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, your ducts may need cleaning every three to five years. Your actual need for duct cleaning is driven by lifestyle factors.
Your best option when choosing duct cleaning is to choose an HVAC contractor who has provided services in the local community and values its performance and reputation locally and in the larger community of HVAC professionals.
If you’d like to learn more about duct cleaning, contact AirRite Air Conditioning Company. We’ve provided HVAC services in Fort Worth and Arlington since 1955.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about duct cleaning and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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