CPAP Replacement Schedule
How often should you replace your CPAP equipment? Ultimately, you should check with your insurance provider to see how often replacements are covered for each component. However, these are guidelines provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, in their guide of Replacement Schedules for Medicare Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Supplies.
CPAP Machine and CPAP Masks
In general, the CPAP machine itself should be replaced every 3 to 5 years, or when necessary due to malfunction. When it comes to masks, it depends upon which type you use. Full-face masks should be replaced every 3 months, and its interface should be changed every month. If you use a nasal mask, replace the interface every 3 months and use 2 cushions per month for the nasal mask interface. For nasal pillows, change them twice a month. Combination oral/nasal CPAP masks should be replaced once every 3 months, with oral cushions 2 per month and a pair of nasal pillows 2 per month.
In the replacement schedule chart, accessories are also covered. CPAP tubing with a heating element and other tubing should be replaced every 3 months. Replace the headgear, chinstrap and the humidifier’s water chamber every 6 months. If you use a disposable filter, replace that twice a month. Replace non-disposable filters every 6 months.
Always Replace Worn-Out Parts
Note that this schedule is what Medicare covers for CPAP equipment and components. There may be instances where you will want to replace something if it is worn out or is not working properly. If this is the case, consult with your healthcare insurance provider. You should always replace your CPAP mask or parts of the mask if you notice any leaks or if it isn’t fitting properly for a tight seal. If there is any type of deterioration in the cushions or other components, they should be replaced.