When to Replace Your CPAP Supplies

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Using your PAP machine is critical to treating sleep apnea, enjoying better quality sleep, and improving your overall health. Taking proper care of your device and its accessories is essential to your health. This includes knowing when to replace your PAP supplies.

You rely on your PAP machine to keep your airways open throughout the night, so cleaning it regularly and replacing its components as needed to maintain proper hygiene is crucial. It may not always be clear when to replace PAP supplies if the parts do not appear to be worn out. Let's look at what you need to know to keep your PAP device functioning at its peak performance.

How often should I replace my CPAP supplies?

Sleep supplies are engineered for comfort, flexibility, and hygiene, which is why they are disposable. Over time, the plastics in your supplies will break down, developing tiny cracks and crevices which are nearly impossible to keep clean. Not only that, but over time your mask will no longer fit as well as it should, causing you to over-tighten your headgear and experience mask leaks.
Check with your insurance provider to determine how often you should replace your CPAP supplies. If you have any questions about when and how to order your CPAP supplies, the Lincare team is here to help.
Filters: Your CPAP machine's disposable filters are inexpensive to replace but critical for extending the life and quality of the device's performance. Non-disposable filters should be cleaned by hand every week. Use warm water and mild soap, rinse with water, and let air dry.

How often should I clean my CPAP supplies?

It is important to clean the various components of your machine regularly. Follow these recommendations to ensure your CPAP device is operating at its most efficient:

  • Tubing, Filters, and Humidifier Chambers: CPAP tubing requires regular replacement because small holes can develop, which affects the pressure setting. If you have a humidifier chamber or a reusable filter, they should be cleaned alongside your tubing with warm mild soapy water. Tubing and reusable filters should be cleaned weekly and humidifier chambers should be cleaned daily. Rinse well, and air dry completely before next use.
  • Mask and Headgear: Due to repeated use, these items receive the most wear and tear. It is essential to wash your face before putting on your mask to remove makeup, oils, or moisturizers that can rub off and soil the equipment. We recommend gently hand washing your mask and headgear with warm water and mild soap weekly to keep it in excellent shape.

Always reference the user manual for the manufacturer's recommended cleaning tips before washing. Keep in mind that no matter how thoroughly you clean your machine and its parts, you cannot completely eliminate all bacteria and dirt within the grooves or cracks in your CPAP equipment.

Breath and sleep better with SleepEaze™

Lincare's SleepEaze™ program provides education about your sleep disorder. These services include:

  • Home or virtual visits by our licensed clinicians
  • Education regarding sleep apnea
  • Prescribed therapies and equipment management
  • Overnight oximetry testing if prescribed by practitioner
  • Follow-up reporting based on the results

SleepEaze™ offers in-home or virtual visits from our sleep experts who incorporate educational materials to teach you about sleep apnea so you can take control of your sleep therapy and learn to manage your condition better. Our clinicians and technicians will also discuss any treatment your practitioner has prescribed and demonstrate how to use and maintain your CPAP equipment.

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