How Often Should a CPAP Machine Be Replaced with a New CPAP Device?

When You Will Need a New CPAP Device

CPAP machines must be used every night during sleep for treatment to be effective. But for many CPAP users, the question of how often should a CPAP machine be replaced doesn’t get asked often enough. Since replacing hoses, masks, padding, and other accessories should happen (hint) on a regular basis, we tend to forget about replacing the actual CPAP machine until it’s clearly failing, starts missing key functionality, or has already failed. As such an important part of the treatment protocol for sleep apnea and other sleeps disorders, here’s what you need to know.

How Long Do Sleep Apnea Machines Last?

Most CPAP machines will last 5-7 years under normal use. Machines can also break down or lose performance efficiency before expected, making quick replacement or repairs a must. That being said, repairing a CPAP machine is usually not cost-effective unless it’s still under warranty by the manufacturer. 

Generally, it’s a good idea to get a new CPAP device every 3-5 years, especially if new technology advances can improve treatment efficiency dramatically.  Medicare and most other insurers will typically provide coverage for a new CPAP device around the same time frame. However, it’s worth noting that some insurers may require a new sleep study to ensure that CPAP is still necessary and your personal settings and compliance with the treatment is appropriate before covering a new CPAP device. Consult with your doctor or sleep specialist before you replace your CPAP.

Why Would You Need a CPAP Machine Replaced?

Daily use of a CPAP device means cumulative wear and tear on the components, which can reduce the efficiency of airflow, increase the noise levels during operation, or cause sudden CPAP device failure. For the most effective treatment of your sleep apnea, you may need a new CPAP device if you notice or experience any of the following signs or symptoms of machine wear:

  • Excessive noise levels
  • Return to regular snoring 
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Daytime fatigue or headaches
  • Trouble breathing with the airflow output
  • Waking with a dry mouth or stuffy nose
  • Sleep performance data or feedback is missing

Still not sure if it’s time to replace your CPAP machine? Consult with your doctor or sleep specialist. If you’re looking for a new CPAP device, be sure to check out our full range of tabletop and portable CPAP, Bi-PAP, bilevel, and travel devices. And if you haven’t replaced your mask, hose or other accessories lately, we have those, too!