Broken CPAP Machine? The 9 Best Tips
Sleep may be the most important event of the day – it soothes, it replenishes, and it resets. Now imagine, you are on CPAP therapy and at 4 AM in the morning, your machine comes to a halt. Your $800 machine has turned into a piece of junk in an instant and leaves you frustrated, annoyed, angry, and sleep-deprived. While functional CPAP machines may be your sweetest dreams, broken CPAP machines are your worst nightmares.
How do you end the nightmare? 2 great choices.
Don’t be naughty ’til the end of the year and ask Santa for a new machine; or
You come straight to this guide, get yourself a working CPAP machine, and get some good night’s sleep.
Here is your guide with 9 best tips to troubleshooting/replacing your broken CPAP machine.
First, let’s try resuscitating your machine.
Tips For Fixing Your Broken CPAP Machine
1. A Good Place to Start – Let’s Check Your Humidifier!
The most vulnerable part of a CPAP machine? The humidifier. As such, you have more than enough reasons to check your humidifier before replacing your machine.
So, let’s dive straight into diagnosis: disconnect the humidifier from your machine and connect your tube to the machine directly. If your machine functions correctly, it’s time you get yourself a new humidifier. If your machine doesn’t, move on to the next tip.
Humidifiers cost between $200 and $400 but don’t forget – you’re saving a considerable amount of money by just replacing the humidifier. You will need a prescription to purchase a new humidifier and thankfully, Health Sqyre can provide the one and onlyCPAP RX Prescription Package that offers real time service with a Board Certified Doctor, on demand.
2. If Your Machine Does Not Produce The Air Pressure It Used To – Did You Check Your Filter And Tube?
When your filter is clean, most of the air passes through and you get nice, strong air pressure. When it isn’t, you don’t!
The fix is simple – replace your filter. Optimally, filters should be replaced every two weeks. Of course, Health Sqyre has fresh new filters for you.
Due to its flexibility, your tube can develop small cracks, tears, and holes. The result: you do not get your good ol’ powerful air pressure anymore. Not only that, the moist, warm air accumulates bacteria and mold over time, which can lead to hygienic problems.
As it was for the filters, tubes should also be replaced every three months. If you miss new-and-clean-tubes-everyone-wants and its buddy, robust air pressure, fresh new tubes are the way to go.
Note that you do not need a prescription to replace your filters or tubes.
3. If Your Machine Alarm Just Can’t Stay Quiet – Did You Check The Air Passage?
Beep Beep! If that constant noise isn’t coming from your smoke detector, it’s probably your CPAP machine. What’s wrong with your machine?
It is possible that your machine has issues in its air passageway. Double check that the connection between the hose and the machine is airtight.
Another possibility is a power malfunction. In this case, unplug your machine, leave it unplugged for 3 minutes, plug it back in, and turn it on.
If either of these worked, that’s great! If not, I’m afraid the issue lies out of your reach in the internal parts of the machine. In that case, you should contact a licensed repair company or the manufacturer for help.
4. If You Suspect Condensation To Be The Culprit – Did You Try Drying Your Machine?
Condensation in Nature? Super helpful process that keeps humans alive. Condensation in CPAP machines? Bad.
To check if condensation is causing malfunction, unplug the machine and dry it out. In certain CPAP models, setting the humidifier at extremely hot levels can lead the moisture to light up the warning sign or the “SYSTEM ERROR” sign. To turn these signs back off, completely dry out the surfaces, hose, and the machine (unplugged) before you use them again.
5. Why Doesn’t My CPAP MACHINE Power On? – Did You Check Your Power Cord?
As is the case for other machines, your CPAP machine needs electricity! Hence, let’s not ignore the possibility your machine isn’t getting the power it needs.
Check for faults and cracks on your power cord. If found, you need to purchase a new power cord.
You do not need to have a prescription at hand to buy a new power cord.
Unfortunately, if none of the above solutions worked, you might need to replace your broken CPAP machine. Feel free to look at new CPAP machines along with the best 2018 CPAP machines offered at Health Sqyre. If you suspect that your mask is the malfunctioning part, Health Sqyre has CPAP mask problems covered as well.
Tips For Replacing Your Broken CPAP Machine
6. Got Prescription?
It is easy to think that since you’ve purchased a CPAP machine before, you wouldn’t need your prescription. However, that is not the case.
If you have a non-expired prescription at hand, that’s great! If not, you will need to get a new prescription.
Conveniently, Health Sqyre offers the service online. Your other option is to visit your doctor to get a new prescription.
7. Got Warranty?
Typically, CPAP machines are under warranty between 2 to 5 years. If your machine is under warranty, rest assured! Your CPAP provider will replace your machine at no cost.
8. Got Insurance?
Most often, insurance covers a new CPAP machine every 5 years. If your machine is 5 years or older and as long as you can prove your machine is broken, there is a high chance you qualify for a new machine.
9. Need Machine ASAP?
Although it differs from patient to patient, sleep apnea can be detrimental to your health. As a result, you don’t want to wait several days for your replacement.
Not to worry, at Health Sqyre, we offer two-day and overnight shipping!
Hopefully by the time you’re reading this, you don’t have a broken CPAP machine in your hands anymore. If you need additional help, please don’t hesitate to contact us via live chat, email, and phone at Health Sqyre! Of course, comments are welcome too.
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