Cost to Clean Furnace Air Ducts

Cost to Clean Furnace Air Ducts

How much does it cost to clean furnace air ducts? The contractor cost to clean furnace ducts is $448 vs. doing it yourself for $40 and saving 91 percent. Adjust the cost by entering your ZIP Code below.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Hours Pro 3.3 DIY 5.0
Money Pro $448 DIY $40
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $448 Total Cost



By Gene and Katie Hamilton

You've never had your ducts cleaned? Well, we hadn't either until we learned dirty air ducts and ventilation systems aggravated allergies and created those dirty gray areas around heat registers. Dirty air ducts are ideal breeding grounds for mold, dust and fungi, which can then be recycled throughout the house.

A duct cleaning service has equipment that places the system under negative pressure and uses a vacuum that draws air through the system. Special brushes are inserted into the ducts to dislodge any debris and remove it. A service will charge about $448 to clean the system of a 2,000-square-foot home; it can cost more or less depending on the size and accessibility of the system, the type of duct material and the level of contamination.

For about $40, the cost of a few chimney brushes, you can do it and save 91 percent, assuming you have a shop vacuum. But it won't be a thorough cleaning by any stretch of the imagination. At best, all you can do is remove some of the heavy dust and accumulated debris from the ducts. It takes specialized equipment and a very powerful vacuum to do an effective job.

A clean, efficient system is less likely to break down, last longer and operate more efficiently, all reasons to get your ducts in a row.

Don't want to do this job yourself? To find a contractor who has the skills and tools to do it right, click Home Advisor, a free referral service matching homeowners with local prescreened contractors.

The Environmental Protection Agency answers these questions Should You Have Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?

Now you know the average cost to clean furnace ducts, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

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