Not sure how often to replace CPAP supplies with replacement parts such as headgear, mask, and tubes? You don’t have to look for it anymore as it describes recommended replacement schedules for CPAP masks and mechanical parts and how to know when to replace them.
However, it is also necessary to understand the expected lifespan of the device and the frequency of replacement to be a well-informed patient. If you are treating sleep apnea using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bilevel, you should replace the following:
- CPAP device
- Filter (disposable or reusable)
- Humidifier water chamber
- Tube (heated or standard)
A Guide on How often to replace CPAP supplies
Replace mask every three months
We all know CPAP masks It’s a visible part of the CPAP setup that covers your face and the nose (depending on the type of mask). It supplies compressed air to the airways. In addition, mask style and maintenance can significantly determine comfort when wearing a CPAP machine, so it is essential to keep the mask in top condition.
If you notice an excessive leak, you may need to replace the mask. Also, if the mask is very uncomfortable, it is advisable to try a new style or repair it. In many cases, the increased comfort of the new mask design makes the difference between compliance and not using the machine.
Replace headgear and chin strap every six months
These components, including the straps that wrap around the head and chin, secure the mask to the face. Over time and use, the headgear may stretch and lose elasticity, causing over-tightening and discomfort. If the headgear is stretched and needs to be tightened to get an effective seal, it probably needs to be replaced.
When to get a new CPAP humidifier water chamber?
If you notice that the humidifier’s water chamber is discolored or cracked, it’s time to replace it. Damage can occur due to the levels of minerals in tap water and drinking water. When the material of the water chamber deteriorates, even the slightest cracks trap bacteria. To avoid this, it is recommended to replace the humidifier water chamber every six months and use distilled water whenever possible.
When should the CPAP mask tube need to be replaced?
If you notice small holes, crevices, stains, or discoloration on the tubes of your CPAP machine, it’s time to replace them. Even the slightest damage to the pipe will affect the pressure received. And this means you can’t get the correct CPAP therapy prescribed for you. Not only that but over time, if the pipes become dirty and condensation forms, contaminants can enter the lungs. And that’s the last thing your body needs. We recommend replacing the CPAP tube every three months.
Replace CPAP Machine every 3-7 years
Considering daily use, it is recommended to replace the actual CPAP device every 3-7 years. CPAP devices typically have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years, but there may be changes in the technology you want to use. For example, new devices have wireless modems for monitoring usage (see here for more information).
Spare CPAP may be required depending on wear, tear and travel habits. If your device stops working, please get in touch with your provider immediately. Most CPAPs are guaranteed for at least one year. If a warranty no longer covers your device, it’s a good idea to check if your insurance covers your new CPAP device.