CPAP.com Recommended Replacement Schedule

    Properly maintaining your CPAP equipment can make a huge difference in how effective your CPAP therapy is. Following a basic cleaning regiment consistently can help keep your CPAP mask and CPAP machine in good working order. Eventually, though, parts degrade and will need replacing. Use our handy replacement schedule to help keep track of when to replace your CPAP mask, machine and supplies!

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    CPAP Mask

    CPAP Mask

    Replace Your CPAP Mask Every
    6 to 12 Months

    Signs of an Aging CPAP Mask:

    • Air leakage, loose headgear, general discomfort, frayed fabric, visible rips or tears in your cushion, loss of cushion shape.

    Getting the Most Out of Your CPAP Mask:

    • CPAP Masks should be washed daily with warm water and gentle soap or baby shampoo. It’s also important to occasionally disinfect your CPAP mask with Control III. Let your CPAP mask air dry thoroughly before use.

    CPAP Mask Cushion

    CPAP Mask Cushion

    Replace Your CPAP Cushions Every
    3 to 6 Months

    Signs of an Aging CPAP Mask Cushion:

    • Air leakage, visible rips or tears in your cushion, loss of cushion shape.

    Getting the Most Out of Your CPAP Cushion:

    • Wipe your CPAP mask cushion after each use with mask wipes as the oils from your skin can accelerate degradation of the cushion material. Occasionally disinfect your CPAP mask cushion with Control III.

    CPAP Mask Headgear

    CPAP Mask Headgear

    Replace Your CPAP Headgear Every
    6 to 9 Months

    Signs of an Aging CPAP Mask Headgear:

    • Loose headgear, general discomfort or over-tightening, frayed fabric, visible rips or tears.

    Getting the Most Out of Your CPAP Mask Headgear:

    • CPAP mask headgear will stretch out over time. Adjust your headgear so it’s snug, but not too tight. Not only is over-tightening uncomfortable, it can cause it to wear out faster. Wash with a gentle soap, infrequently.

    CPAP Hoses & Tubing

    CPAP Hoses & Tubing

    Replace Your CPAP Tubing
    6 to 12 Months

    Signs of an Aging CPAP Hose or Tubing:

    • Air leakage, loose hose connections, visible rips or tears, mineral build-up, unfamiliar odors, signs of mold growth.

    Getting the Most Out of Your CPAP Hose or Tubing:

    • CPAP hoses or tubing should be cleaned with gentle soap and a disinfectant weekly. When disconnecting your hose grasp the rubber connection, not the hose itself.

    CPAP Humidifier Water Chambers

    CPAP Humidifier Chambers

    Replace Your Water Chamber Every
    6 to 12 Months

    Signs of an Aging Water Chamber:

    • Heavy mineral build-up, discoloration of plastic, unfamiliar odors, signs of mold growth.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Water Chamber:

    • Use distilled water in your water chamber to reduce mineral build up. You should empty and dry out your water chamber daily, with infrequent cleanings.

    Reusable CPAP Machine Filter

    Reusable CPAP Machine Filter

    Replace Your Reusable Filter Every
    6 Months

    Signs of an Aging Reusable CPAP Filter:

    • Visible dust or dirt, low airflow, unfamiliar odors.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Reusable CPAP Filter:

    • Reusable CPAP filters can be reused for up to 6 months. You should regularly inspect your filter to ensure it’s free of dirt or debris. Rinsing your filter can help extend its life, but be sure to allow it to dry thoroughly.

    Fine CPAP Machine Filter

    Fine CPAP Machine Filter

    Replace Your Fine CPAP Filter Every
    Month

    Signs of an Aging Fine CPAP Filter:

    • Visible dust or dirt, low airflow, unfamiliar odors.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Fine CPAP Filter:

    • Fine CPAP filters are not reusable or washable. Normally a fine CPAP filter should last for a minimum of 30 days. Once your fine filter has reached 30 days of use replace it.

    Oxygen Cannula & Tubing

    Reusable CPAP Machine Filter

    Replace Your Cannula & Tubing Every
    3 to 6 Months

    Signs of an Aging Cannula & Tubing:

    • Air leakage, loose tube connections, visible rips or tears, unfamiliar odors.

    Getting the Most Out of Your Cannula & Tubing:

    • Clean your cannula and tubing once a week with a 50/50 water and vinegar solution, followed by a very mild detergent such as Dawn™ dish soap. Your cannula should be replaced if you've recently had a cold.

    Three Ways to Replace Your Equipment!


    CPAP Part Finder

    Visit our part finder. Just select your machine, mask or humidifier and then see a list of related replacement items!


    Quick Reorder

    Sign in to your account to view your order history and reorder supplies with the click of a button.


    Reorder Reminders

    Set email reminders after you make a purchase to ensure you never go too long without replacing your equipment. Reminders can be edited or deleted in your account.

    This suggested replacement schedule is based on DME MACs’ Determination of Reasonable and Necessary Replacement of CPAP Supplies as well as common industry conventions regarding CPAP care and cleanliness.
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