Thursday, September 27, 2012

Keep your CPAP machine running like new!

A little care can go a long way to keeping your CPAP machine running and keeping your warranty current. Not changing your filters and your supplies regularly can increase the stress on your machine and shorten its life and also void your warranty. Every CPAP machine has an expected lifespan of approximately five years. Some users will find their machine lasts much longer than that, and some may have machine issues that crop up before that time.

Each CPAP machine has a machine-specific filter (or filters) that should be changed regularly. Each filter type has a different expected lifespan, but, in general, disposable (or paper) filters should be replaced twice per month, while non-disposable filters should be replaced every 3-6 months. Non-disposable filters are most often made of foam and can be washed out with water and set out to dry completely before use. Washing a foam filter may increase its lifespan, but filters should still be replaced by the six month mark.

CPAP machines don’t have to be cleaned (and should never be submerged in water) but a dusting and wipe down with a slightly damp cloth can be beneficial. Be sure to check the air intake area of the machine to remove any collected dust, and ensure that your machine is placed on a level surface with no material or curtains that could interfere with the intake area.

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