Just like any other form of equipment, CPAP supplies are subject to wear and tear and require frequent replacement.
CPAP manufacturer ResMed recommends the following schedule for inspecting your CPAP supplies.
Mask cushions and pillows
Check for signs of wear and tear. Look for cracks.
If your mask is irritating your skin, it may be time for a replacement (or at the very least a good cleaning.)
Are there any stains or holes in your machine’s air filters?
Every three months:
Check for leaks
Look for discoloration, holes, and signs of wear.
Every six months:
Look for stretching, signs of wear, and misfitting mask
Humidifier water tank
Check for cracks, leaks, cloudy or discolored water chamber
Getting the hang of ordering and caring for your CPAP supplies may feel overwhelming at first. While there’s a steep learning curve to using a CPAP, with practice and persistence, you can get the hang of your machine.