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My CPAP machine stopped working. Now what?

My nasal CPAP machine won't start

It is broken. The CPAP machine aka Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, started acting strange a few days ago. First I would click the power toggle switch to the on position and it would not start immediately as before but rather take a few seconds to engage.

The days passed and the delay from click to start was taking over 5 seconds. This made me decide to try to keep the toggle to ON position and just unplug it from the wall. That worked for one day only. After that It would not even start. I don't know how difficult it will be to replace.

I have been using that CPAP machine for over 20 years

After all that time I expected it to break sooner or later. It lasted a long time any way. But what now?

I left a message for my doctor at the clinic to refer me

Either I will have to go through another sleep study and have my vitals monitored overnight to get a new prescription for another CPAP machine or I can get it replaced without going into all that trouble. I hated taking that sleep study back in 1998. Now I fear I will have to get a referral to the Pulmonary Lab and spend the night just to find out if I still need that machine and what settings will be needed to function normally. I have slept without the CPAP for 2 days now.

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MegL wrote on September 13, 2017, 4:39 PM

It certainly lasted a good long time for you.

Kasman wrote on September 13, 2017, 5:38 PM

You don't say how you have managed without the machine. If you're doing ok perhaps you no longer need it?

lookatdesktop wrote on September 14, 2017, 11:34 AM

When I do not use the machine I snore and it wakes up my wife so that tells me I still have issues with this problem. I also have been diagnosed with central sleep apnea at the time I took the sleep study as well as obstructive. I was heavier then than I am today by 50 or more pounds. Perhaps my apnea is not as bad but I would have to get another sleep study to find out.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 14, 2017, 12:15 PM

I think so since the sellers tell me after 5 years you can order a new machine if you need one. I actually took it out of the bag this morning, plugged it back in the wall and blew into the back where the filter is located and removed the filter, then replaced the filter and pressed the toggle button to ON and after 5 seconds the machine actually started up again. I took it to the bed and laid down a half hour with the CPAP working. I don't understand what the problem is. I might have just a bad switch or the machine is slow to turn on because the motor itself might be worn out. I contacted the office to see if they could help me but still waiting for a reply. Meanwhile I will try it again tonight and if it turns on instead of acting like it is dead, I will try to sleep all night with the machine because it does actually help me breath better and get a better night's rest.

MegL wrote on September 14, 2017, 4:28 PM

Maybe the filter was clogged? Sleep apnea is no fun and can be dangerous.

VinceSummers wrote on September 15, 2017, 8:06 AM

Do take this very seriously, Anthony. To think it went away could be a very serious error. Apparently you are a deep sleeper, or you might not be able to get along without the machine. Internal organ damage and even loss of life could result.

melody23 wrote on September 18, 2017, 5:27 PM

I would expect they would just give you a new machine without the need for a further sleep study, once sleep apnoea is confirmed there really isn't much need to do further studies. I know things work differently over here but mum's has an SD card in it that they can download the data from to see how often she is becoming apnoeic each night just so they can make sure the machine is kicking in when it should really but it also shows if there is any changes in mum's condition. Although mum had the worst case of untreated sleep apnoea the tech had ever seen when she first had her sleep study! They were very surprised she was still living actually.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 20, 2017, 9:49 PM

That is good news that she is doing well in spite of having such a sever case of sleep apnea. I am waiting for a reply from the hospital or I may need to inform my primary doctor about it to expedite the matter.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 20, 2017, 9:50 PM

I am still waiting for the hospital to contact me but I can try and get hold of my doctor and see if I can get things going faster. I have not used a nasal CPAP machine now for the past 7 days.