Duct Cleaning – Do It Yourself and Save $500

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We recently decided to paint the entire house and in the process of removing everything from the walls, I took off the cover from an air return vent and the above is what I saw. I called a reputable Duct cleaning service and learned a lot about the process and what needs to be done and what doesn’t need to be done.

The service man checked the furnace – it was clean. It was only a couple of years old anyway.

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When he checked the actual air ducts going to the room – they were clean. The above picture is what I saw. It actually makes sense. The air going into the furnace is dirty, it gets cleaned by the filter and then clean air goes out into the room.

When I asked if he could just clean the dirty air return vents, he said “No – I’ve got to clean the whole system.”

I decided to see if I could clean the four air return ducts myself.

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I bought this dryer vent cleaning system from Amazon for $15. It fits perfectly between the drywall and the 2×4’s. The wire is not quite as stiff as I’d like, but with some pushing you can move it all the way up and down the wall to clean that area.

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Here’s what the area looks like when it’s done. It’s not perfect, but you could do it again to make it even better. For $15 it’s a great investment and saved me around $500.

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Posted on August 17, 2013, in Home Repairs. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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