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Posted by Momma2 on 08/06/2008
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- I started with this company due to an add that came in my mail. It was to save so much to get cleaning done on our Furnace. I saved that, But then they asked to add more and more to the order at such and such prices. They offered me a discount on top of that near the end IF I agreed to tell others about them. This was good too. I wouldn't let them charge me more than I had to afford to go with though. As items they asked me if I needed done were accumulating, I went with what I needed done most and with what I had to do it with at the time.

Advice: Don't let any company try to charge you more than you can afford at the time of service/s. Don't let them try to add on more than you need. If you don't understand something, ask.

I bought the supposed FREE additional cleaning service to be used before the next year was up. that was a good deal, But I had problems with this when it came time to get the Free cleaning. What happened was: They sent someone who had a buddy with him to clean and the buddy wasn't as it turns out, supposed to be with him at time of MY cleaning. they had other complaints too not only mine that day. The guy was rude and looking around to steal stuff and speaking in another language we didn't understand. he made us move furniture so he could start to clean. He asked Hubby to move his car before they started any work and it wasn't even in his way. It was in OUR driveway. He was VERY rude to me. We won't go into the rudeness details though, too graphic. Needless to say, he got fired! : )

So, we had to make another arrangement to have someone come out and then that didn't work cause we suddenly had to be somewhere when they were expected. So, we made another attempt to schedule an appointment. This time the 2nd owner of the business came and cleaned for us and everything was smooth sailing from then on. Will I ever use this company again, Probably not.
     
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Posted by JD on 2011-12-09:
We had them come out for the "$49.95" special. The first thing out of his mouth was, you have mold. We have to treat it your daughters cough is because of this mold. Just getting off call of a 30 hour shift I was tired and bought into it. Then I called for them to come out and honor their guarantee that they would come out within the next year and check for mold and if their was any they would treat it and clean for free. This didn't happen, screws where missing from the vents, the guy made us leave the house when he cleaned, and the truck had no labels on it. STAY AWAY FROM THESE CROOKS.
Posted by Tony on 2012-04-22:
what was the owners name?
Posted by james on 2013-11-08:
Of you are having someone do a service at your house it is very helpful to have the cars moved from your driveway! As a technician this drives me crazy, as well as moving items that are in the way of whatever service you have done
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Indy Air Care, The Ol' Bait And Switch Scam
Posted by Utacity on 05/11/2010
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- I read the bad reviews on INDY AIR CARE but decided to try them anyway, being forewarned. The scam works like this. coupon for $49.95 or $59.95 etc for duct cleaning. 14 vents and a few returns and 1 main. the whole purpose of this is to get in your door and within an hour they will be recommending the FULL cleaning for $595...when you refuse they call 'the boss' and say CANT WE HELP THESE PEOPLE OUT...well of course 'the boss' tells the tech they have a SPECIAL just since they are here anyway and for like $395 they can do it...that sort of thing. then they warn you if you DON'T do it they won't guarantee their work and you have to sign papers that your house might still be dusty etc etc. they really do hook up a vacuum to your furnace by cutting a HOLE in your ductwork (which they patch before leaving. That's legit but you still end up with a big patch on your main line). of course they never hook it up to the return air side..THAT'S EXTRA and they only do 1-2 returns and surprise...they only stir up dust in those with their airhose 'tails' that whip around in the vent..well without the vacuum pulling on the return line..it just makes things dusty. so its a cheap half ass job to get in the door and try and sell you a ripoff cleaning of $595 when in truth, they could quickly do the other main lines and returns with the vacuum on the return side of furnace for just double the time they already spent..so if $50 was good enough for 1 hours work...they should be willing to do the rest of the work for another $50...or do the whole job for say $150 and they'd make plenty of money and be done in 2 hours in your typical 2,000 sq ft home. I probably should file a complain with the state attorney general office for essentially false or misleading advertising...but they do what they say in the ad, its just they don't tell you its pointless because the rest of the dust is call caught in your MAIN ductwork lines which they never clean..unless you fork over the $595....its disgusting and unprofessional of course...some scumbag comes up with this type of scam and just makes what they can off it.

I'd never do it again. plus, the guys that show up are in their own truck...no company markings..so they probably sub it out and maybe the guys get a cut if they upsale you.....if they don't..they get some basic payrate. but very unprofessional operation. they should just quote the full price up front for a COMPLETE JOB...it'd be like a tire shop advertising just one tire and then telling you that you needed 4 when you thought just replacing 1 was all you needed..that kind of thing.
     
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Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2010-05-11:
Like the "whole house carpet cleaning for $39", this scam has been around for some time. A really thorough duct cleaning will take a couple of men three or four hours and will cost nearly $500.00.

You are right, these specials are just to get their foot in the door - thanks for letting others know about your experience.
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-05-11:
Good review. The details included really paint a very vivid picture of these guys working their shot.
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Beware of Indy Air Care
Posted by Wary on 05/12/2009
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- Indy Air Care had a coupon for duct cleaning for $49 up to a certain number of vents and returns. I had been wanting to have this done so I called. The Indy Air guy showed up with a vacumn cleaner and some small tools in the back of a car. I quess I expected a more powerful vacumn system on the back of a truck. I was doubtful that this would do a good job.

Next he counted the vents and returns and told me it would be $190 and this did not include all three mains. Each additional would be $89 but he offered to do the two extra for $89.

Next he went downstairs and cut an access hole in the duct work and came back with a test tube and a protective mask. He dramaticly annouced that we had stage 3 mold and he made a call to his office. He gave me a speech about how dangerous this was. This guy was very convincing and polished. He said that the mold would be all the way thu the ducts and that the whole house had to be specially cleaned. This would cost $1600 or for $885 we could just have the mold inside the ducts treated and killed.

I was upset and had him show me this mold. I couldn't see what he was pointing out to me.

I called my husband and he was distrustful so we decided to speak to other service providers that we know.

The result is we did not fall for this. This company is pulling a bait and switch operation. Please be careful they are running a con.
     
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I Don't Think So
Posted by Butternutz01 on 03/21/2011
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- First of all and foremost I feel like this company is in it for the money and that's it..I spent $1984.00 to get my vents cleaned and rid of mold that was supposedly growing and spreading throughout our home. The only thing I was shown were a couple little spots no bigger than a penny in side my basement. I was worried about my family and I getting sick from it so I had them treat it, what a crock. I looked at it today and it was treated over a month ago. It still looks the same and I still have a smell coming from this area of my home which the tech told me that it would fall off and the smell would go away, boy was he wrong. The vents were cleaned I guess but the access points they said they were going to install were not even there. How do you clean something you can't see or even access?

I don't recommend this company to anyone unless you love to waste money. I'm going to have another company come out to assess what really was cleaned and what wasn't so I can have some assurance. I would rather pay a small company to have this done right than pay some money hungry company to blow around dust and leave me with this mess. The dust is still here too, I know it by how many times I dust. I think it made it worse. Stay away from Indy Air Care.

-Jeffery M.

     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-03-21:
I saw a report on vent cleaning companies in general. There is a lot of fraud in the business. They showed one incident, on hidden camera, where the guy in the basement read a magazine for an hour while his buddy worked, and then screwed a piece of metal onto the vent to make it look like he had cut an access hole!!!

Moral of the story to me is make sure you have a highly recommended company to the work.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-21:
This is where Angie's List might come in handy! Thank you for the post. I hope it warns others away from this expensive mistake.
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Indy Air Care, Do Not Use This Scam
Posted by Scott3405 on 09/06/2010
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- I am sending this review from my parents experience and my personal experience with Indy Air Care. My parents had these folks come out to clean their air ducts and ended up with a health threatening issue that started out at approx. $6000 and ended up "discounted" to approx. $1400. My mother was not happy was not satisfied with the answers she was getting from the "salesman". She asked that her check, which they required full payment up front, be returned and cancel the project. She went through multiple phone calls which ended in arguments, from the "salesman". He finally told her he would be out on Labor Day at 0800 to give her check back and cancel the job. He finally showed up at approx. 0845. He had another company person with him and again another song and dance was given.

I was there to support my mother so she felt a little more comfortable. The "salesman" took this as a threat and referred to me as a "tough guy" and perceived me as a threat. I was asking questions and listening to his smart mouth, while he was addressing my mother. I did respond a few times to his unprofessional manner, I had just had enough of listening to him. I was told a few times that I did not know anything about the issues at hand.

Whether someone knows about the issue or not this was a very unprofessional approach to take to solve this issue. In my opinion this was very simple, he should have shown up on time, returned the check and left. This eventually happened but not before running his mouth and eventually telling me that I had his phone number as he left. I took this as a challenge or threat. Please if you consider having your duct work cleaned save yourself much grief and call another company.
     
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Posted by Alain on 2010-09-07:
Well, at least you got the check back and the job cancelled. Be sure and lodge a complaint with your local Better Business Bureau about this.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-09-07:
It sounds like the salesman wasn't too happy to see you there because he planned on talking your mother out of canceling, but I think you did the right thing. I agree that he should have just returned the check and left. I also agree that you don't have to be an expert on the issues to know when someone is being unprofessional. I'm glad your mother got her money back and that you were there to support her. I would take Alain's advice and report this to the BBB.
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Not Impressed
Posted by Lolomo on 07/08/2011
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- Same crap different day and a different "client". Saw an ad for Indy Air Care, "Duct work cleaning $39.95, extended this week only". I gave them a call and asked the woman that answered the phone, "What's the catch"? She said "no catch", so I made an appointment. The woman said Friday morning between 8 & 10 am, and I scheduled some time off of my job for the morning. He showed up at 10 am. In a Blazer with no company logo, and an air compressor and a "HEPA" vacuum. NOT IMPRESSED.

As this isn't my first big rodeo, I watched as the guy took the sheet metal off the bottom of my furnace (plenum I believe its called)and exposed the AC coil, and the warm air runs in the bottom of my furnace. He told me "ummm Miss, you have a problem here, I see "BLACK MOLD".....well, I'm sure he did, as well as I did, but I have seen more mold in my refrigerator, for the love of all that's holy.

The guy was pleasant enough, told me a little about himself and proceeded to hook up the vacuum. Still I was NOT IMPRESSED, and after about two hours of him being here, going from room to room turning the registers upside down, which I still think is a pretty lame way of vacuuming dust from the heat runs, and taking the filter from the top (return) and using tape to seal the opening, and then asking for a garbage bag because he "forgot one"....NOT IMPRESSED!

I wound up having to take the rest of the day off waiting on a service man for the furnace since now my A-coil is leaking all over the floor, and being told I have mold all over my house and that it might be what's causing my menopausal symptoms, headaches, eye itch, rash, etc...for a mere $2033.75, I could be relieved of this horrific mold problem. The dark colored area of my 20+ yr old carpeting along the baseboards, "MOLD" he said. I don't think so, its 3 cats a dog and smokers in my home. Pretty sure a reputable carpet cleaning company could cure that.

I'm glad I'm only out the $39.95- but I haven't gotten the bill yet from my Heating and Air company and I'm still waiting on them to get here. Last one on the list I guess. Call someone else to come out and clean your duct work, don't waste your time unless you like someone trying to scare the bejesus out of you.
     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-07-08:
There are a LOT of shady duct cleaning services. It may be wise to intentionally choose one that DOESN'T advertise a ridiculously low fee.

They did a hidden camera report on MSNBC or one of the channels. Showed a guy screwing a plate over a duct to simulate a hole he allegedly cut to do a cleaning. But he didn't even cut the hole - he sat reading a magazine!

Helpful review.
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Bait and Switch
Posted by Suzy Q on 02/03/2009
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- I received a coupon in the mail in an ad magazine and chose to call this company. The ad said that they would clean 12 ducts, 1 main, and 1 return for less than $80.00. Our house is less than 1200 sq feet, so I thought that this would cover everything.

A couple of guys came and looked at my heater and wanted to take it apart and clean it....it is only two years old! The total estimate for all of they services they wanted to perform came to $790.00..... I was shocked. And if I chose to do only part of what they suggested they wanted me to sign a waiver. What a Joke. I sent them away without doing anything.

They called back the next day to reschedule. Why, I have no idea. I made it clear I wasn't interested in their services.

There is no way I will ever allow these guys in my house again. I felt like they were looking to see what they could steal. They claimed that the filter was in backwards, which I don't believe.

My suggestion is to not allow these guys in your house. I regret ever doing so.
     
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Never Use Indy Air Care
Posted by Never on 11/07/2009
I would NEVER NEVER recommend anyone using Indy Air Care. First, they pretended to do work they did not do. I had the work inspected and it was not done. Then I had to make numerous attempts, including going to their office to get some of my money back. I had scheduled with them to complete warranty work and both days in a row, the technician did not show up at all.
     
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Hesitant At First, Worth It In The End
Posted by Hvoyles on 01/14/2012
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- I received a coupon in the mail for Indy Air Care. The coupon was for a $59.95 service. I have a young child, so I know that air duct cleaning is VERY important. I did some research online and was very hesitant at first because of all of the negative reviews. Well, I know that most people are only going to write reviews to complain, so I thought I would write my review to compliment the company on my wonderful experience. While they were cleaning my air ducts, they went into my crawl space where there was mold. They informed me of everything that I needed and gave me the facts. They knew what they were talking about. The technician did not try to push me once. He didn't seem like a salesman, more like an informative technician. After speaking with the technician about a moisture barrier, He gave me a special and took care of the problem. The technician worked hard non-stop for 4 hours! He told me everything he was doing before he did it & he actually showed me- which I really liked! He was very polite and professional. I know all of the reviews are mostly bad, but I highly recommend Indy Air Care. I have already recommended my family members and they were very pleased with their service as well.
     
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Posted by Alain on 2012-01-16:
Glad you took the time to compliment them!
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Threatening the Health and Safety of my Children is no way to do business!
Posted by Jjc1991 on 03/08/2010
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- Let me begin by saying, I feel like a complete and total moron but after investigating this company on the net. I have discovered that a company with such low morals would not continue to be in business without a fresh supply of "Stupid" people like us. Please beware the representatives for this company will come in and show you "Microbial Growth" in your ducts, in your attic, and by using a beaker and litmus paper they will show you "Purple" which means "Toxic" Microbial Growth (They are not allowed to call it Mold, "But that is what it is"). THEY WILL TELL YOU FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CHILDREN'S HEALTH YOU SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THIS PROBLEM ASAP! They will con you with statements like "Don't worry we caught it in time and we can spray this and that to remove it." and "With this UV Light installed in your furnace, we guarantee that even with 6" of water in your basement for 6 months, mold will never grow in this house."

It may, as was the case at my home, turn out that they will never even clean the ductwork anyway. I feel compelled to warn others about this scam and buyer beware the classic too good to be true deal.
     
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Posted by Ytropious on 2010-03-08:
So....how DO you know your house isn't filled with "toxic microbial growth"?
Posted by Skye on 2010-03-09:
I have to agree with Yt. Did you consider getting another opinion? What if another place comes in, and tells you that they found what this place found??

At least for the safety of your children and selves.
Posted by localgod on 2010-03-09:
"It may, as was the case at my home, turn out that they will never even clean the ductwork anyway." Is there proof to the accusation?
Posted by jjc1991 on 2010-03-10:
Second opinion was obtained. WE HAVE NO MICROBIAL GROWTH in our home. The air that we breath is perfectly healthy and safe. Everything we were told was a lie!!!! Photos were obtained of our duct work/furnace coils after the so called cleaning and they clearly display that the job was not completed!!!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-03-10:
Good review, very informational regarding getting the 2nd opinion. Wonder what they were going to put in there to stop the mold. Some the cure is worse that the disease.
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