• Report: #809013

Complaint Review: Sears Air Duct Cleaning

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  • Submitted: Tue, December 13, 2011
  • Updated: Thu, August 23, 2012

  • Reported By: KCornell534 — Houston Texas United States of America
Sears Air Duct Cleaning
Internet United States of America

Sears Air Duct Cleaning Sears Carpet Cleaning, Sears Duct Cleaning, Sears Houston They destroyed my air ducts refuse to take responsibilites these people are horrid at what they do Internet

*Consumer Suggestion: Suggestion

*Consumer Comment: Knowing how duct cleaning is done....

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My sister-in-law and my brother recently stayed a couple of weeks with my during the thanksgiving holidays with their dogs. Needless to say I cannot stand the smell of pets; I gave Sears a call to clean my carpets. They scheduled a date for them to come check out my house to get rid of the pet odor. They came slightly late and began to do a walk through my home. DeMarcus, the carpet cleaner who came to my home began to talk to me about air duct cleaning. He said it would help clean out dog hair and anything else that had been in my house. He quoted me 300 dollars to do my entire home and I quickly agreed to get that done along with my carpet cleaning. After was all said and done they handed me a bill 800 dollars over my quoted price saying I had more air ducts then they had expected. I told DeMarcus that I wasnt going to pay the 800 dollars extra but he told me that I was basically stealing from them if I didnt as they already did the work. I paid up begrudgingly but let his supervisor know that I was upset with the payment change so quickly. I also let them know that I wasnt exactly ecstatic with my carpet cleaning as they left a large stain in our guest bedroom from the dog. I had noticed that my house was a lot colder than normal the next day and cranked up my heater. In the next hour, my house was even colder to the point of being near the same temperature outside. I called Sears, worried that maybe that they had turned something off during the air duct cleaning. They came out pretty quickly that same day, this time a guy named Leroy came out to check out the vents. He said that everything was all good with my system and that is was just colder outside. As soon as he left I called My AC Company worried that something was up. They came out the next day to check my system and my vents. The AC Company employee came back into the living room with a grim look in his face saying that I had tears inside of my air ducts. He asked me if I recently had anything done on my vents and I let him know that I had them cleaned. He let me know that I needed to get them replaced. I was furious and called Sears back to let them know what was happening while my AC Company was still in my house. The lady named Shawntel asked me how I knew that there was tears since their technician Leroy said that everything was fine. I told her that My AC Company was standing in my home and that their technician was more than welcomed to come look and see the tears. She told me that Sears was not responsible for any damage that may AC Company could have caused while checking my ducts and that she was closing the file as I needed to call my AC Company to complain. She hung up on me, and I called back trying to call back a man named Carson answered and let me know that my file was closed and I was required to call my AC Company for further assistance. I asked to talk to a manager, Carlos, who repeated to me like a parrot that I needed to talk to my AC Company. It wasnt my AC Company who caused my tears, my heater was working perfectly before Sears came to my home and after they left my house no longer heated after they did an air duct cleaning. These people are the definition of rip off! I have to get my AC Company to replace my air ducts and Sears still refuses to answer me. Their technicians have no clue what they are doing and are just people trained off the streets. DeMarcus is not certified to have cleaned my ducts and Sears just parades them around like they are. BEWARE OF THIS COMPANIES TRICKS 

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

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AUTHOR: PJ - (United States of America)

I always use National Air Duct Association companies to clean my air ducts. They are on NADCA.com.

A Technician can tear the airducts by using faulty equipment. Not all air duct cleaning companies are equal. Some just sitck a vacuum and a brush up there. If the brush is damaged it will tear a plastic duct very badly.

Some use a central vacuum attached to the last register, and some use a system where they vacuum from each one. It depends on many factors like the layout of your house and type of ducts you have.
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Knowing how duct cleaning is done....

AUTHOR: Ken - (USA)

I can't figure out how this could have caused "duct tearing?"

When mine were cleaned, the technician didn't remove the furnace filter and all the debris from the ducts was pulled into the filter and severely limited airflow. Replacement of the filter and removal of all this gunk from the area behind it solved the problem. Inexcusable for someone supposedly a trained tech.

I had even asked him if the filter should  be removed and he said no, it wasn't a problem.

What's been done, so far, to fix your problem? Are they truly going to replace all the metalwork?

Have YOU actually seen this tearing?

Good luck in resolving this.
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