BEWARE OF AIR DUCT CLEANING SCAMS
Most business owners in the air duct cleaning industry are honest, hard working people doing what is right to make their businesses successful. Unfortunately, the air duct cleaning industry has far too many people using it as as platform to take advantage of others. And that is a shame!
Boise and the wider Boise Metropolitan area are no strangers to the type of scams that plague the air duct cleaning industry. We here at HyperClean Boise are hoping all of the honest air duct cleaning professionals who provide a valuable service to their customers, work as a prevailing counterweight to those who poison the waters with their dishonest practices. We also encourage all those seeking air duct cleaning services in the Treasure Valley and beyond to do their due diligence before hiring an air duct cleaning company. Thank You for considering HyperCleanBoise for all your air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning needs in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Kuna, Caldwell and beyond!
Bait-and-switch scam: Begins with a low price offer (often a coupon) such as $8 a vent, $99 special, etc.
'Here’s the problem with those $99 specials (we’ve actually seen them advertised for as low as $49): What typically happens in those scenarios is the company offers this great price, usually in the form of a coupon, to get in the door. Once inside, they almost immediately find other problems — black mold is a common scare tactic used by unscrupulous contractors — or they try to up-sell the homeowner on additional services. Those who fall prey to these air duct cleaning scams often pay upward of $600, even into the thousands.' -Angie's List
'The “bait-and-switch” technique is another common air duct cleaning scam. This occurs when you’re offered an amazing deal by coupon or over the phone. Once the company arrives for the scheduled appointment, they’ll perform minimal work, tell you that you need more, and continue to offer you service upgrades for additional fees. Some scammers even use scare tactics to get homeowners to pay more for subpar services. Unfortunately, even when you commit to the upsells, you are still not going to get quality work.' -NADCA
'Consumers should beware of “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies. NADCAThese companies often charge a nominal fee and do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system. These companies may also persuade the consumer to pay for unneeded services with and/or without their permission.' -
Extra Services Scam:
'The air duct cleaning in your house is necessary, but don't fall for high pressure tactics. Beware of the latest trap: the Air Duct Cleaning Services scam. In this fraudulent activity, victims are lured into believing that their units need unnecessary fixes.' -Scam-Detector
Mold inspection scams:
Many scammers take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners by preying on their fears. They’ll typically offer a great coupon to get their foot in the door. Then, during the air duct cleaning and “inspection” process, the contractor will make false claims about finding mold in the home, charging thousands of dollars for a service that isn’t needed. If a contractor tells you they found mold, put a hold on the job before agreeing to get work done. Then, either call a different company for a second opinion or contact a licensed mold assessor to get it evaluated. -NADCA