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Signs Your CPAP Machine Isn’t Working

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Sat 12/25/2021 - 09:00
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When a CPAP machine starts failing, the machine might make odd noises or otherwise indicate something is wrong within. Most of the time, it is not hard to tell the CPAP machine isn’t working because sleep apnea recurs. Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions discuss how to tell when your CPAP machine is not functioning properly as well as actions you can take.

Snoring Starts Again

If you start snoring again, that’s a sure sign your CPAP machine is not working. A leaking CPAP mask or inadequate pressure are the primary reasons for renewed snoring. When there is adequate pressure on the CPAP machine, snoring should not happen. Your supplier should assist you in this adjustment.

Daytime Sleepiness

Do you find yourself tired during the day, perhaps in need of naps? That lack of energy indicates you are not receiving the restorative sleep you need and your sleep apnea is returning.

Breathing Cold, Dry Air

If you are breathing in cold, dry air, there is likely something amiss with the humidifier. The hot plate responsible for heating water is probably not working.

At the opposite extreme, breathing in very hot air means the humidifier is broken. The air coming from the CPAP machine should always remain lukewarm.

Returning Symptoms

After starting CPAP therapy, patients should experience symptom improvement. Sleep is better and higher quality, mood lifts and focusing becomes easier.  The morning headaches so common in many sleep apnea patients vanish. Partners sleep better because the patient is not waking up several times during the night.

If any symptoms return, suspect a problem with the CPAP machine.

Less Need to Refill the Humidifier

When the water level stays constant or there is less need to refill the humidifier, something is wrong. When the humidifier is a separate unit, it may prove possible to replace it without replacing the CPAP machine.

How Long Does a CPAP Machine Last?

Like any device, a CPAP machine will not last forever. It is designed for eventual obsolescence.

If your CPAP machine is a few years old, it is time to consider getting a new one. Many insurance companies will pay for a new CPAP machine every five years. A newer model not only works well but includes features not available on older CPAPs. Newer CPAP machines are virtually silent, so they should not disturb the patient or their partner.

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If you think your CPAP machine is no longer working or needs adjustment, please contact New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions as soon as possible.