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Equipment Replacement Schedule

The effectiveness of your sleep apnea therapy depends, in part, on the cleanliness of your CPAP equipment. Many of your CPAP items are considered to be disposable, and as such they have a limited lifespan. Their ability to withstand long-term usage affects how well each piece of equipment performs for your personal needs, making replacement of your equipment a critical part of its use.

It’s also important for you to realize that dirty equipment does not perform as efficiently as a clean CPAP machine, mask, humidifier, and tubing. As a result, the benefit of using your equipment is influenced by how clean it is as well as how old it is. In fact, dirty equipment is more likely to experience signs of wear and tear than masks, machines, tubing, and humidifiers that have been properly maintained.

The Risk Associated with Using Worn Out CPAP Equipment

CPAP machines, masks, humidifiers, and components that have begun to wear out often become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. Continuing to use them can lead to an infection that affects your health severely. Likewise, equipment that is in poor shape can cause irritation that leads to skin rashes or pain near certain pressure points.

What Type of Damage Is Associated with Worn Out CPAP Items?

The type of damage that occurs typically includes tears and stretching that can lead to air leaks in your mask. It can also include the buildup of dirt and grime, making your equipment less efficient. Of course, the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew can easily occur if your components are not properly cared for on a daily or weekly basis, depending on the specific item being cleaned.

Replacement Chart for CPAP Components

  CPAP Equipment HCPCS Code Recommended Replacement Schedule
 CPAP Machine      E0601  Every 3 to 5 years
 Humidifier Chamber      A7046  Every 6 months
 Non-disposable Filter      A7039  Every 6 months (2)
 Disposable Filter      A7038  Every month (2)
 CPAP Mask      A7034  Every 3 months
 CPAP Headgear      A7035  Every 3 to 6 months
 CPAP Chin Strap      A7036  Every 6 months
 CPAP Tubing      A7037  Every 3 months
 Oral CPAP Mask      A7044  Every 3 months
 Full Face Mask      A7030  Every 3 months