HVAC Duct Cleaning

I bought a new house. The previous home owner had 4 dogs and wasn't using filters in his hvac registers, they lived there 10 years, who knows how long with the dogs. The coils have a nice mat of fur that I will be cleaning. Trying to figure out how to clean out the duct work. All I can find on Amazon are cheap kits for dryer vent cleaning or hvac cleaning kits that cost thousands. What would diy do?

  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If it's a one time thing just hire a company to do it.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/C9qw1Wh.jpg

      I bought a new house. The previous home owner had 4 dogs and wasn't using filters in his hvac registers, they lived there 10 years, who knows how long with the dogs. The coils have a nice mat of fur that I will be cleaning. Trying to figure out how to clean out the duct work. All I can find on Amazon are cheap kits for dryer vent cleaning or hvac cleaning kits that cost thousands. What would diy do?

      I get coupons in my mail valupak for $70 duct cleaning for a whole house.

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you want a true, thorough duct cleaning and sanitizing then your best bet is to hire a professional. A properly done duct cleaning will run you $300-500, beware of the scammers who offer $99 duct cleanings. They either won't clean all of it or they'll start hitting you with extras right away. A good company will have either a truck mounted vac or a machine they bring in, uses air whips and brushes to get everything, and does neat patches when they're finished. Avoid the guys with a shop vac who do everything from the basement. Call your preferred HVAC company, they should be able to refer you. If not check Yelp and BBB ratings before you call someone.

    There are places that will rent you a duct cleaning machine if you really want to do your own. You'll need to be able to cut an opening in your duct downstairs and patch it later. Be sure your HVAC system is off before you start otherwise it can suck in all the bullshit you stir up. I'd also replace the furnace filter when you're done and check it again after a week in case it fills up quicker from all the loose dust. If you get decent at it you could even do it as a side hustle.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why cut when they can just go through a vent or register?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They take up the registers and push everything down toward the basement. They cut an opening on the duct and connect the vac to it so everything they brush out gets sucked up.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Ah makes sense thanks
          I dont have central air so i dont deal with such things

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >I bought a new house
    Well there's your first mistake.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    OP i tried cleaning my grandmas 60 year old vents last year with the cheap method of 'shop vac in the vent' and only made it a few feet but there was a ton of dust.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Most of that dust is settled and won't blow around unless disturbed.

      Duct cleaning is a scam in 90% of cases

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Most of that dust is settled and won't blow around unless disturbed.
        >unless disturbed
        and then once it gets disturbed, it turns from a $100 cleaning to a $4000 hvac maintenance repair or a new house after a duct fire

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Look if the kindergarten dropouts that upsold you on the premium blowjob package have you thinking it's worse than asbestos you might find it cheaper to start taking meds.

          >$4000 HVAC repair or a new house
          Hahahaha every trade in a 100 mile radius knows you're a rube

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It depends on how bad they are, I would recommend getting a Shop Vac with many extensions and attachments, if that doesn't cut it I would take ducts apart and individually clean them, just be safe, use straps with multiple screws per strap to secure the other ducts as you disassemble them, most ducts have 2 slips of metal and 2 drives that hold them together

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