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Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
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Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
Has anyone had a mask that they've used for a year with minimal leaks, suddenly have huge leaks all the time. Not the exact same mask or cushions, since I get replacements every three months, but the same type. (Dreamwear nasal cushion). Strange thing though, I wore the same one for a sleep study last month, and they said I didn't leak at all. Could it be my actual CPAP machine having an issue? (Airsense 10)  It's even worse now, since they upped my pressure. Thanks!
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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
I don't think the machine would "go bad" and start generating leaks, but there are a few potential leak points

- around the humidifier
- at the connection between the humidifier and the hose
- the hose itself
- the connection between the hose and mask
- through your mouth

You can sometimes determine if mouth leakage is the culprit by the shape of the leak graph in Oscar. If you can post a daily page from Oscar we might be able to give some more specific advice.
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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
DB pretty much caught them. Sometimes it can be as simple as not having the water chamber completely seated. I have the same machine as you and find that it takes an exgra firm push to get the chamber seated. Also make sure the silicone seal between the lid of the water chamber and the base is properly positioned and not damaged.
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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
I'll post something tonight! Last night was a bit better - around 34L, not in the 40's, at least. But I did stay on my back all night, which I'm sure helped. 

Thanks!

Do you mean the seal that's inside the compartment area? What exactly am I looking for?

Also, can I use sleepyhead anymore, or should I download Oscar?
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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
Seals for chamber are 2 donut shaped ones in humidifier cavity on the machine and one big perimeter shaped one on the humidifier tub lid itself. Me personally I’d get OSCAR due to it being updated and such.
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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
An otherwise unexplainable increase in leaks can sometimes result from a change in headgear adjustment. Have you read the mask primer here on the forum? 

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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
I didn't know there was a mask primer, but I used the same model mask for a year with low (always under 24L) leaks. It's only been the last 8 months that the leak rate has gone up, and the last week it really has, since my doctor increased my pressure.
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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
Here is the link to the mask primer http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...ask_Primer
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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
Do you have a habit of using vinegar to clean your water chamber? I think this caused my water chamber to start leaking.

Anyway, the replacement schedule for water chambers is 6 months. You could also buy one from Amazon and pay out of pocket.
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RE: Can a CPAP go bad causing leaks to get worse?
   

Here's my info from last night using sleepyhead
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