September 25, 2023

When to Replace Your CPAP Supplies

Author: Jessica Fox

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For individuals with sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can play an essential role in improving sleep quality and improving your overall health. However, it is important to understand that maintaining the effectiveness of CPAP therapy requires proper cleaning and regular supply replacement. Let's look at what you need to know to keep your PAP device functioning at its peak performance.

Why Should I Replace My CPAP Supplies?

CPAP manufacturers recommend replacing supplies regularly to keep your machine functioning properly. Here’s why:

  • Mask and Tubing: Masks and tubing were designed for comfort and flexibility, not endurance. Due to their disposable nature, masks are guaranteed by the manufacturer for only 90 days. Over time, the mask loses proper fit and develops leaks.
  • Headgear and Chinstraps: Both these pieces help keep you comfortable, and your mask fitting properly. When the plastics start to break down and your headgear stretches out, you may be over-tightening to compensate for a bad fit.
  • Filters: Recommended to be replaced every six months or two per month if your device has a disposable filter. Filters become clogged over time; new ones are critical to keeping your machine running well.
  • Water Chamber: The tub can become discolored, cracked, or pitted due to minerals in the water and build up inside the chamber.

Insurance Replacement Schedule

This replacement schedule ensures that you have access to clean and effective equipment for optimal therapy. You must meet your insurance carrier compliance requirements to start ordering replacement supplies. The replacement schedule provided is based on Original Medicare guidelines. Your insurance coverage may follow this schedule. Contact your provider to confirm 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. Coverage will vary based on your insurance plan. Copays and deductibles will apply. 

PAP Cleaning & Replacement Guide
 SUPPLIES HOW TO — Recommended cleaning solution: Warm drinking quality water and unscented mild soap. FREQUENCY REPLACEMENT
 Mask Frame Hand wash with cleaning solution. Rince thoroughly and allow to air dry. Daily 1 per 3 months
 Headgear Hand wash with cleaning solution. Rince thoroughly and allow to air dry. Weekly 1 per 6 months
 Nasal Cushions/ Pillows Wipe down with a damp cloth daily. Hand wash with cleaning solution weekly. Daily/Weekly 2 per 1 month
 Full Face Cushion Wipe down with a damp cloth daily. Hand wash with cleaning solution weekly. Daily/Weekly 1 per 1 month
 Tubing Run cleaning solution through tubing. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and hang to air dry. Weekly 1 per 3 months
 Disposable Filters Check filters weekly and brush off any build up. Weekly 2 per 1 month
 Reusable Foam Filters Check filters weekly and rinse with cleaning solution. Allow filter to air dry. Weekly 1 per 6 months
 Chinstrap Hand wash with cleaning solution. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry. Weekly 1 per 6 months
 Water Chamber Empty and replace distilled water daily. Wash with cleaning solution weekly. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry with lid open. Daily/Weekly 1 per 6 months
 PAP Machine, exterior only Wipe down with damp cloth. Weekly Every 5 years

Replacement schedule is based on original Medicare guidelines. Other insurance plans may follow these guidelines as a covered replacement schedule.

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Regularly replacing your CPAP supplies is crucial for maximizing therapy efficiency, maintaining hygiene, enhancing comfort, and extending the lifespan of your CPAP equipment. By prioritizing the timely replacement of masks, cushions, tubing, filters, and other accessories, you can ensure optimal therapy results. So, take a proactive approach to replace your CPAP supplies according to your insurance coverage, and breathe easy knowing that you prioritize your sleep health. Reach out to our dedicated CPAP Call Center at 888-544-2715, to place your eligible order today.

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