5 Signs You Need New CPAP Equipment For Your Home

For many individuals with sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is an effective way to keep airways open and reduce disruptive snoring, leading to a better quality of sleep. However, like all equipment, CPAP machines and accessories need to be replaced from time to time. Here are five signs that it may be time to upgrade your CPAP equipment.

Excessive Noise

One of the key benefits of CPAP is that it is supposed to be quiet during operation. If you notice your machine is becoming increasingly loud, it could be a sign that some components are wearing out. While some noises can be fixed by cleaning the equipment, others may require the replacement of some parts, such as worn-out filters and worn-out or loose hoses and connections. It is best to get it checked by a professional.

Pressure Issues

CPAP machines are designed to maintain constant pressure throughout the night. If you notice that it is no longer doing that, it could mean that the machine's pressure sensor has gone awry. Sometimes, increasing or decreasing the pressure slightly doesn't help and may end up making things worse. If you experience discomfort or wake up feeling short of breath, it may be time to replace or have your machine serviced.

Broken Parts

Over time, continuous use can lead to wear and tear in your CPAP machine and equipment. Issues may range from minor ones, like cracked or broken tubing, to major ones, like a cracked mask or a stray screw. Any broken part must be replaced timely to help maintain the effectiveness of your machine.

Poor Hygiene

Dirty CPAP equipment can lead to infections, allergies, or even make your sleep apnea worse. If you can't remember the last time you cleaned your mask, tube, or humidifier, it's time to upgrade your equipment. A new machine may come with a better humidification system, making maintenance less of a hassle. You can also upgrade to a machine with a built-in sanitation system for effortless cleaning.

Appearance of New Symptoms

Even if you have been undergoing successful CPAP therapy for years, you can experience new symptoms at any point. You may notice an increase in snoring, tiredness during the day, or discomfort or irritation in your airways. A medical professional may advise that your machine be upgraded or that you switch to a different type of therapy equipment that may be more effective for your condition.

Your CPAP machine and accessories play a critical role in keeping your sleep apnea symptoms under control. Take note of any issues that may arise and take action to repair, replace, or upgrade your CPAP equipment. Always consult your physician or medical professional before making any changes, and rest easy knowing you're getting the best possible treatment to help ensure good sleep hygiene and an overall better quality of life. 

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