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Duct Cleaning in new homes is a scam.

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I clean ducts: I went through a moral crysis wondering if it was really worth it to the consumer or not. 

 But ultimately this drives me to do the best job possible and use the some of the best equipment availalbe . Now I've been doing it a few years and have had lots of positive feedback:
 
There are homes where I tell the customer you don't need this done; here's why.  If they tell me to do  it, they will win that discussion.
 
I have sucked mice out of duct work and have discovered runs that aren't attached. I've fixed furnaces for people and let them know of impending problems (we have a gas detection meter). I'm in there why not make sure its kosher. We clean parts of the furnace that prevents them from failing and having a callout to a plumber which would end up costing them half of what our entire cleaning service does anyway. 
 
I've been told by customers that before cleaning the ducts a layer of dust would cover the desks every morning or that black dirt would be throughout the house. After cleaning it was all good.  I've found a hole big enough for a cat to come in through the floor of a trailer.
 
After the ductwork is cleaned I don't tell them 6 months or a year. I tell them to change the filter regulary and you should be good for atleast 5 years maybe even more.
 
As with anything people will cheat you; but a good duct cleaner will definately benefit the customers who call.
 
In the end it's not just about Indoor Air Quality, its about keeping your house or office clean, knowing that there isn't anything rotting in your ductwork and inspecting the HVAC system inside out.
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The service is in high demand and pays about an average $475 for about 60-90 minutes work.
 
After that, the thousands of dollars per month you can make with this tool is almost like finding FREE money!
 
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My bullsh*t scam detector is going off on this product. 
 
60-90 minutes?  So you are going to spend 3-5 minutes sticking your hose down each vent in the house and charge $475 for this.  
 
My guys have to work hard for 4-5 hours to clean a system right.
 
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Definatly not a scam if done properly. I have done two homes that were condemed by the health department over the condition of the ducts. I have never done a house in less than 4 hours. Most take me 5 to 6 hours to do. I am a licenced sheet metal and fitter 2 for gas. Had a licenced sheet metal working helping me a few days that never believed in duct cleaning but he is a firm believer in it now and recommends me for jobs. I do alot of new houses and the furnaces with the new DC motors, slightest dust will ruin a 800 dollar motor. I give reduced rates for new homes. Make my guys go down each vent pipe 3 times. First skipper ball then Air whip, then skipper Ball. Do same in trunks as many times as it needs to get them clean. As for the guy with a bag of dirt, well don't matter what trade you are in you will have some that are dishonest. If you are not going to clean everything in the system including the underside of the a/c coil, well it is not being done properly. See to many companies hooking up and driving off in 1 1/2 hours and I shake my head thinking , man I would be just getting started, They could not have  any better equipment than I have. I have all top of the line Nikkro.
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