DIY Duct Cleaning: What Are The Risks?

Do It Yourself duct cleaning: What are the risks?

Whatever your reason, you’re contemplating cleaning your own ducts. While the do it yourself duct cleaning approach is doable, there are a few thing to consider before you take on the work on your own.

Duct Damage

One of the biggest risks of do it yourself duct cleaning is accidentally tearing your ducts. This is especially a concern if you have flex ducts. These types of ducts of made from thin plastic and are incredibly easy to damage if you don’t know what you’re doing. Even a small hole in ductwork can drastically reduce air flow throughout your home. This makes your HVAC unit less effective and will drive up your utility bills.

Less Effective Cleaning

While you can certainly improve your indoor air quality with a do it yourself duct cleaning, your efforts won’t be nearly as effective as a professional cleaning.


If you find mold in your ductwork, you need to have it tested to verify the kind. If it looks like you have a mold problem, don’t hesitate to call a professional in. HVAC duct cleaning companies, like A-Abel, have the knowledge to safely remove dangerous mold. They also have the right equipment to reach and clean areas where you won’t be able to.

If you find moldy insulation, call an HVAC expert immediately to replace it! There’s no effective way to clean mold from insulation.

To schedule a professional duct cleaning service and get the job done right the first time, contact A-Abel.