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FAQs: how often should I replace my mask?


To maintain good quality therapy and enjoy a comfortable experience, it's important to replace your mask and its components regularly. We've provided answers to some commonly asked questions below. The user guide for your mask also provides information on replacement.

Why and how often should I get a new CPAP mask cushion?

Like any piece of clothing or accessory, your mask cushion becomes worn out over time. An old mask is more likely to leak, while old headgear may lose its elasticity, leading to over-tightening and discomfort. Using a mask that's in good condition will help you to enjoy comfortable, effective therapy every night.

The life of a mask cushion depends on various factors, such as how much you wear your mask, your skin type (dry, oily, etc.), and how often you clean it.

Because your mask replacement schedule is unique to you and your type of mask, we highly recommend inspecting your mask according to the cleaning and maintenance routine outlined in the user guide supplied with your mask. It contains guidelines to help you inspect, assess and replace your supplies.

It's easy to download the user guide for your mask. Choose your mask from the devices listed here, click on the 'Support' button on that page, then go to the 'Download' section. 

How can I tell that it's time for a replacement?

If any part of the system shows signs of deterioration (cracking, crazing, discolouration, tears, cushion damage, etc.), you should discard and replace the component.

If you wear a full face mask (e.g. AirFit™ F10, Quattro™ Air) and you notice that the valve is damaged, distorted or torn, you should replace the elbow. The mask should not be worn if the valve is damaged as it will not be able to perform its safety function.

In general, it might be time to replace your mask or some of its component parts if:

·  you have to tighten the straps very frequently,

·  the mask feels stiff, instead of soft and springy,

·  you feel your treatment may be less effective than usual,

·  the mask cushion is slippery even after it's been cleaned,

·  the mask cushion is no longer clear and transparent,

·  the mask cushion and frame show signs of wear, stiffness, cracks or breaks.

Because your mask replacement schedule is unique to you, we highly recommend reading your mask user guide for detailed information.

How can I take care of my mask? Is there anything I can do to extend its lifespan?

Regularly cleaning your mask will help to maintain it in good condition. Dirt, oils and residues from your skin and your surroundings can build up on your mask if they are not removed daily. As well as irritating your skin, these can damage the materials used to make your mask. The user guide for your mask provides full instructions on cleaning, and you can also read commonly asked questions about mask cleaning here.

You should keep your mask and components out of direct sunlight. Exposing any part of the system or tubing to direct sunlight could damage the materials and result in deterioration.

You should keep your mask out of reach of pets and children to avoid accidental damage caused during play. Claws, teeth and other sharp objects can easily create small tears or pinholes that result in a leak.

Can I buy replacement component parts?

Yes. All ResMed mask components, including cushions and new mask systems, can be purchased separately. You can buy mask components on our website or through dealers.

It's easy to download the user guide for your mask. Choose your mask from the devices listed here, click on the 'Support' button on that page, then go to the 'Download' section.