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AC/Heating Duct Cleaning (2010)
Dear Fellow Listservers,
Below are the responses I had. My best interpretation of all of this is that there are companies
who will take advantage of you. I would suggest that you do an internet search for this topic.
I found some very unsavory practices along with EPA's site
The chorus of "Lots of Luck" http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html
- I did call one of the services recommended by a staff member due to previous (personal) connection.
From what they said the cost for my house would be between 550 and 630. I had a mold test done on a
house in Florida and it was sent away for a microscopic test. I suspect these eyeball tests that some
do are not enough. Please have a look at http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing/air.php and I have been
told that there are mold testing kits at Lowes, likely at Homedepot as well.
- Do not use Stanfield air. They did a sorry job for us. After they left, we had problems with our air
conditioning. The repair man found that the guys from Stanfield had dumped dust from the vents under
the house next to the vent filter. My husband has Asthma. This was a terrible thing for him. Another
thing, we do not have a big house, but they charged us $450. Good luck.
I used Moncrief about two years ago for an investment property. The a/c had stopped working. I believe they
had a service call fee that is to be applied to any additional service charges. Their customer service was
courteous and the response was prompt. However, the guy said our filter was clogged and he spent about 2 hours
vaccuming intake vents, resulting in a hefty $200+ fee to change a filter and vacuum. The filter was dirty, which
was factual, but we already knew that. We later discovered the switch on the hvac intake/filter cover was faulty--
the real reason why the system stopped working. They weren't dishonest-- I just felt like they guy dragged out the
time into a two hour job for no reason when I could change filters and vacuum at $100/hour myself!
I've used Shumate. The technician that they've sent recently for maintenance has been very good, quick and quiet. I'm happy
with their service, and if you need regular maintenance they're good.
I used Servpro. It was around 600 dollars. The cost depends on how many vents you have--I think their website lists the price per vent.
We were pleased.