The Lifespan of Your CPAP Machine

When to Replace Your Device and Why

We're all familiar with the importance of regularly cleaning and replacing CPAP masks, cushions, and tubing to maintain optimal hygiene and functionality. But what about the CPAP device itself? In this blog post, we'll explore the lifespan of CPAP machines, why replacement is necessary, and how to obtain a new device when the time comes.

"It is essential to understand when it is time for a new CPAP device to ensure the functionality, cleanliness and newer technology is providing optimal therapy. Additionally, new technologies provide exceptional insight that can improve your journey to better sleep. That is why Apria is committed to helping patients upgrade their CPAPs when they are eligible. We want to ensure that our patients have the best equipment and supplies possible.” says Robert Miller, Apria's Vice President of Sleep Business.

When Should You Replace Your CPAP Machine?

Generally, CPAP machines should be replaced every 5 years. Most insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover the cost of a new machine within this timeframe.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your CPAP Machine

A lot of people believe that their machine is in good working condition well after the recommended replacement timeframe of 5 years, however there are some signals to indicate that it’s time for a new device:

  1. Unusual Noises: If your machine produces unusual sounds, especially during inhalation, it might signal the need for a replacement. While some noise is normal, any change in volume or pattern warrants attention. First, ensure the noise isn’t due to an air leak by checking your mask, tubing, and liners. If the issue persists, it may be time for a new machine.
  2. Return of Snoring: If you stopped snoring when you began using your CPAP but have recently resumed, it could indicate a problem with your device. Snoring while using CPAP suggests insufficient pressure, potentially caused by a mask leak or improper settings. Attempting to resolve these issues is essential, but if snoring persists, consult your doctor as your machine may need replacement.
  3. Persistent Fatigue: Feeling tired upon waking despite consistent CPAP use is another red flag. This exhaustion suggests inadequate pressure delivery, hindering the effectiveness of your therapy. Adjusting settings may help, but if fatigue persists, it may stem from a worn-out CPAP device struggling to maintain proper pressure levels.

What’s the Benefit of a New CPAP?

While your CPAP machine may be functioning adequately, it's essential to recognize that devices deteriorate over time. Even if it appears to be working fine, it may gradually lose efficiency.

Investing in a new CPAP machine offers the opportunity to enjoy advancements made since your last purchase, including:

  • Advanced technology: Newer models feature quieter motors and masks designed to distribute air more effectively, reducing noise levels and promoting a peaceful sleep environment.
  • User-friendly interfaces: Manufacturers are updating their machines to be more intuitive for easy operation every night.
  • Enhanced humidification systems: Modern humidifiers are more compact, lightweight, and easier to maintain. They also feature improved heated tubing to prevent water buildup and minimize condensation, ensuring a more comfortable experience.
  • Sleep statistics tracking: Wi-Fi-enabled CPAPs transmit sleep data directly to your care team, ensuring easy access to vital statistics every morning. This upgraded advanced tracking technology allows you to monitor your sleep patterns more effectively and make informed adjustments to your therapy.
  • Lower Pressure Settings: Newer CPAP models automatically adjust pressure levels, promoting easier sleep onset and better therapy outcomes, especially for individuals with mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). By upgrading your CPAP every 5 years, you can ensure that you're using the latest technology to optimize your therapy and improve your overall sleep quality.

How to Obtain a New CPAP Machine

Contact your local Apria branch to let us know you are interested in a new CPAP machine. You may also want to check with your insurance provider to determine if you qualify for a new CPAP. If you're eligible, your doctor can provide the necessary prescription and forms to obtain a new device.

Disposing of Your Old CPAP Machine

Once you've acquired your new CPAP machine, you may wonder what to do with your old one. If your old device is less than six years old, consider donating it to organizations like the American Sleep Apnea Association's CPAP Assistance Program or similar charities in your area. Alternatively, you can recycle it through electronic recycling programs, similar to how you dispose of other electronic devices like computers or televisions. 

Regular replacement of your CPAP machine is essential for maintaining optimal respiratory health and ensuring the effectiveness of your sleep therapy. By staying informed about the lifespan of CPAP devices and taking proactive steps to obtain a new machine, when necessary, you can enjoy restful nights and improved overall well-being. 

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Robert Miller

Robert has worked in the sleep and home respiratory healthcare space for over 29 years and is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist. Robert has been married for 33 years to his wife, Laurie, has 6 children and 5 grandchildren. Robert leads sleep initiatives and strategies that improve the patient experience and promote better health outcomes so that our patients can achieve their best night's sleep—every night.

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