How to care for your equipment
Regular care and checking of your equipment helps to ensure you’re getting the most from your sleep apnea therapy. We’ve provided some guidelines here, but always check your user guide for detailed information on caring for your CPAP, APAP or bilevel sleep apnea machine and CPAP mask.
By washing it in the morning, you will have a clean, dry mask ready to use for your next night.
To clean your CPAP mask, wash it by hand by gently rubbing with warm water and mild soap. Avoid harsh cleaning products, which may damage the mask, or leave harmful residue. Allow it to dry away from direct sunlight on a flat surface.
Clean your humidifier water tub. After each use, we recommend that your sleep apnea machine’s water tub is washed out with a mild detergent and warm water. Then thoroughly rinse and allow it to dry away from direct sunlight.
Check your humidifier water tub for wear and deterioration. If any component has cracked or become cloudy or pitted, the tub should be replaced.
Every three months
Every six months
Every two years
Go back to your Accredited Outlet to have your CPAP, APAP or bilevel sleep apnea machine pressure tested to ensure you are still receiving the correct pressure.
This information is a generic guide only and does not replace product specific instructions. Please refer to your sleep apnea machine and mask product user guides for more detailed information.
When to replace your CPAP mask
Using a mask that is in good condition will help you achieve a good night's sleep. That's why it's important to inspect your mask regularly for signs of wear and tear. If you see any visible signs of cracking, discolouration or tears, then it's time to replace the part.
It's important to replace your mask regularly to ensure that you maintain comfortable, reliable therapy every night.
Some indications that it might be time to replace your mask (or parts of it) are if you:
- often find yourself tightening and re-tightening the straps
- notice the mask or cushion have lost their spring
- feel your therapy may be less effective than usual
- find that the cushion is still slippery even after cleaning it
Look for wear and tear
Every few months you should check your mask and air tubing for holes or tears. Even small holes can cause air leakage significant enough to compromise your therapy. Also, be sure to check the filter at the back of your machine. Dust build-ups can impede airflow and impact the quality of your treatment. Replace these regularly depending on your usage.
Where to get new parts
You can purchase replacement parts for your CPAP machine, APAP machine or bilevel sleep apnea machine through your Accredited ResMed Outlet. To locate an outlet near you, use the outlet locator or call our support line on AUS 1 300 305 705 or NZ 0800 737 633 Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm EST.