When To Get New CPAP Supplies (Masks, Tubing, Filters & Machine)

 

Once you receive and begin to use your CPAP equipment, you will need to take good care to maintain it. You will also need to check it on a regular basis to make sure it’s not broken, leaking, or worn out.

Most elements of your CPAP setup are fairly durable, but they will wear out over time. Once they are worn out, they become less effective for delivering the therapy that you need.

Here’s a quick replacement schedule to keep on hand and some tips for ensuring your CPAP equipment is always in great working order.


When to replace or replenish your CPAP supplies

CPAP MASK: Most mask manufacturers recommend you replace the cushions 1 to 2 times monthly and the entire mask every 3 to 6 months. You'll need to confirm what insurance will allow.

CPAP HEADGEAR/CHIN SUPPORTS: Replace as soon as it can no longer hold your mask in place.

CPAP TUBING: Replace if holes appear. Leaks in the hose will affect your pressure delivery.

CPAP FILTERS: White paper filters should be replaced at least monthly (or as soon as they begin to turn gray). The gray filters should be replaced every 6 months, or sooner if worn out.

CPAP HUMIDIFICATION CHAMBER: Every six months or as needed.

CPAP MACHINES: Unless it’s not working properly, you should be able to use your CPAP machine for the lifetime of the machine, which averages around 3 years.


Tips for extending the lifespan of your CPAP supplies

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