Q Is For Quiet

Today’s CPAP equipment is quiet, virtually silent. We’ve come a long way from big heavy CPAP machines, decades ago that huffed and puffed along with us and kept our bed partners from achieving quality sleep.

I mention this because if your machine is making noise, its your red flag that it might be failing or need technical attention. If it’s more than 5 years old, it may be time for a replacement.

Most machines these days have a life of about 5 years. I have gotten as much as 7 good years out of some of my machines while others pooped out after only 3. Pay attention to any new sounds you hear, just like you would your automobile. When CPAP is nearing “the end”, it’ll usually let you know. You may notice that the fan, once nearly silent, is making a noise because it is having to work harder. You may notice the machine feels like its not delivering enough air, or maybe too much. The machine may be having trouble holding the pressure it was set at.

How can you get the most out of your machine?
Your CPAP equipment is an important investment in your sleep health, take good care of it. Proper and routine care will help you prolong its life. Don’t leave your equipment vulnerable and within the reach of pets and small children. Just as your mask is not a toy, neither is your machine. Handle with care!

CPAP, AutoCPAP and BiLevel Machine Care
The outer casing of your CPAP should not require special maintenance. If necessary, unplug machine and dust with a dry cloth or if you must clean the casing, wipe with a slightly moist cloth, and again…if you must, use a mild pure soap detergent. If you get the inside wet, you will blow the circuit board and void the warranty. It’s TOAST. Dry the unit thoroughly. Never submerge your CPAP in water.

Even if you do not suspect anything wrong with your machine, have it checked yearly, with a manometer, to make sure it’s delivering the correct prescribed pressure. Your home healthcare company should provide this service at no charge. Be aware of the warranty expiration date of your machine to make sure repairs do not cost you $$$.

CPAP Machine Filters
Don’t forget the filters. They are relatively inexpensive and routine replacement will greatly add to the life of your machine. Some machines have 2 filters; the non disposable filter is usually made of foam and usually grey or black in color. This simply needs weekly hand cleaning in a mild dish washing soap mix, then a clear water rinse and air dry. These should last for up to one year. The white fine filters should be replaced as needed when visibly discolored and dirty, just as you would your home air and furnace filters. The disposable fine filters generally need replacing every month or two.

Hope this was helpful information.