Use Common Sense when Selecting a Company
Air Duct Cleaning Bait-and-Switch Tactics to Avoid
Remember that old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” Well, it is no more true than when it applies to advertisements placed by fly-by-night companies.
We called every company that ran the ads shown below and got price quotes from them. Guess what? The prices listed in the ad were never the actual cost to do the job!!!! When we asked for the prices in writing, all but two of the companies refused, stating that the prices were subject to change after their technicians arrived. As you can see in the ads, these are only starting prices.
Once you include the extra supply vent charges, the extra return vent charges, the extra charges for cleaning the blower section, the extra charges for cleaning the access panels and the extra charge for sanitizing the prices for an average home were as follows:
|Follow the bouncing Price!|
|Coupon A||listed price: $159.00||actual price: $479.00|
|Coupon B||listed price: $159.00||actual price: $551.00*|
|Coupon C||listed price: $ 59.00||actual price: $489.00*|
|Coupon D||listed price: $159.00||actual price: $550.00*|
|Coupon E||listed price: $ 99.00||actual price: $499.99|
All ads marked with an asterisk (*) told us that the price quoted is not guaranteed!
As you can see, if you read these ads, they are very misleading. You must read the fine print and contact the companies to get the full final price for cleaning. They are very deceptive, all they care about is getting you hooked and reeling in another sucker!
Also note below that two of the companies have stated that they have “vacuum trucks” but in their ads, they show pictures of portable vacuums in the back of vans. This is their way of trying to trick you into thinking a portable system, (which can only move 4,000 cubic feet of air per minute) as a legitimate power vacuum truck which has a 15, 855 cfm vacuum. Oops!!!
If you come across a company working the Bait & Switch, you should contact the Attorney General’s office and the Better Business Bureau and complain. Fraudulent advertising hurts everyone, especially the honest contractor who is providing excellent service at a fair price. We tell the truth about the price up front and actually do the work we advertise! We will fax, email or US mail you an estimate in writing that includes all costs. Our prices are guaranteed in writing! The super duper coupon guys never last long, but the reputable companies grow stronger every year.