Your CPAP equipment comes to you shiny and brand new, but like anything else used regularly, you will need to replace certain supplies on a regular basis. CPAP machines should last for several years, but mask liners wear out, CPAP tubing gets holes in it, filters stop filtering with regularity. If you don't swap the worn-out supplies for new ones, you risk getting less effective therapy.
When to replace or replenish your CPAP equipment
Use our quick replacement schedule to keep track of how frequently you need to change supplies. If you like, you can print out this page, cut out this chart and keep it handy with your CPAP supplies.
Tips for extending the life of your CPAP equipment
Often, if you keep your equipment clean, well maintained and in working order, it will last longer. Try these suggestions for maximizing the use of your supplies.
- In a small notebook, keep track of the dates when you replace your parts; on a monthly basis, check the state of your equipment and use the previous replacement dates as a guide for planning your next replenishment order to ensure everything is in good shape.
- Know how frequently your insurance will cover replacement supplies; most insurance companies will allow for new supplies based on a schedule specific to what they consider normal wear and tear.
- CPAP masks should be washed daily. Avoid applying facial oils or moisturizers before using your CPAP mask, as these can break down the cushions prematurely.
- Overtightening your headgear and chin supports will cause them to wear out more quickly. If you are struggling to keep your mask on or have problems with air leaks, contact your equipment supplier for solutions.
- Daily cleaning of the humidification chamber prevents mineral deposits and the collection of bacteria.
- Always use sterile or distilled water in your humidifier; tap water or filtered water can damage the components of your machine.
- Cigarette smoke, dusk, or pet dander in the home can shorten the lifespan of your CPAP filters.
- Keep all of your equipment away from direct sunlight to prevent damage; sunlight can deteriorate materials and breed bacteria.
- If your machine malfunctions, check the power cords or data cards to see if they need replacing. Sometimes a machine can simply come unplugged.
If you need a new CPAP machine, contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you replace your equipment with a minimum amount of delay. We can be reached at two convenient locations in Kansas (Garden City or Dodge City) at (620) 271-9400.