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[Diagnosis] Airsense 10 using a lot of water
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Airsense 10 using a lot of water
Hello all, new to the forum and thought I'd throw this question out there. I've had this machine for 3 or 4 years now. Within the last 6 or 7 months, the humidifier is going through a ton of water. I have the humidity set on 3 like I always have, our house stays around 71 degrees all year give or take and I used to be able to get 4 nights out of a tank of water. That is not the case anymore as I'm lucky to get two nights. I've tried turning the humidifier down to 2 but it had no effect. It almost seems like it is stuck on a very high level no matter where I set it. I'm not getting condensation in the nasal mask, and I have no water droplets in the tube which is a standard unit, not the heated one. Is there anything I can try to do to remedy it or should I take it back to where I got it for them to look at or possibly have sent in for repair?
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RE: Airsense 10 using a lot of water
Jetmech, do you have the CPAP, Elite or Autoset? Doesn't make much difference other than it helps to know for other matters.

It sounds like your humidifier is stuck on high and using much more water than normal. Mine varies between almost no use, and nearly emptying the reservoir. You can look at the About menu on your machine and see the run hours. That will tell you more precisely how old the machine is. Chances are if it is malfunctioning, you can get a new machine at this point.
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Thanks for the reply. Sorry, it's a CPAP. That's what it seems like, but I didn't know if that was something that could actually happen. When I first got it, I was impressed with how long a reservoir lasted. Now, I'm nearly appalled. I will probably start with taking it back to the store that sold it to me. I'll let them make that determination.
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The only reason the Elite and Autoset are preferred is that they produce full efficacy data. If you ultimately replace this machine, it would be nice to get one that provides data, and even better if you had auto-adjusting pressure in a comfortable and effective range. Apologies not needed other than your supplier is saving a couple bucks by giving you the cheapest option where you can't monitor your therapy. If you ask, you will usually receive a better machine.
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RE: Airsense 10 using a lot of water
I never really thought about asking for an upgraded machine. At the time I got this one, I was just happy to get one that wasn't making noises like it may explode during the middle of the night. That one (my original) was so noisy that it would actually keep me up, granted it was roughly 8 years old by the time it all went downhill.
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RE: Airsense 10 using a lot of water
(05-08-2018, 03:42 PM)Jetmech Wrote: Hello all, new to the forum and thought I'd throw this question out there. I've had this machine for 3 or 4 years now. Within the last 6 or 7 months, the humidifier is going through a ton of water. I have the humidity set on 3 like I always have, our house stays around 71 degrees all year give or take and I used to be able to get 4 nights out of a tank of water. That is not the case anymore as I'm lucky to get two nights. I've tried turning the humidifier down to 2 but it had no effect. It almost seems like it is stuck on a very high level no matter where I set it. I'm not getting condensation in the nasal mask, and I have no water droplets in the tube which is a standard unit, not the heated one. Is there anything I can try to do to remedy it or should I take it back to where I got it for them to look at or possibly have sent in for repair?

I have only had my Airsense 10 for just short of a month, but I find thatI go through almost a full tank of water each night. When I was using the S9 Autoset with the 5Hi humidifier I normally got at two night on a tank of ? water. I assumed it was due to the difference in how each machine processes the data coming from the hose to decide when to use more humidity and when not to. However, you said that you’re not usingthe ClimateLineAir and your machine is using a lot of water. I have noticed that the last two nights in a row I have had water in the tubing. 

I am using the ClimateLineAir and both the tubing and humidifier set to auto. The rainout just started happening a couple of nights ago. I solved the problem on my S9 by turning the tubing heat up to 86 degrees. I thought the auto settings on the AirSense 10 were supposed to prevent rainout.
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RE: Airsense 10 using a lot of water
Are you sleeping more hours at night lately?

It would be worth getting a heated hose, to preserve water.

For me, it has depended on the humidity of where I'm at, as well as the number of hours I've slept.
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RE: Airsense 10 using a lot of water
I have an airsense 10 autoset with heated hose and use about 80% of the water in 8 hrs and refill daily. I'm not concerned about conserving water and don't believe it's a problem. The RH of my ambient air is low so that may explain why I may use more than others.
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(05-09-2018, 09:30 PM)Hydrangea Wrote: Are you sleeping more hours at night lately?

It would be worth getting a heated hose, to preserve water.

For me, it has depended on the humidity of where I'm at, as well as the number of hours I've slept.

How does the heated hose conserve water? I thought it only warmed the air to prevent rainout. Are people more comfortable with the heated air and lower the humidity level?
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(05-10-2018, 07:02 AM)gwc2795 Wrote:
(05-09-2018, 09:30 PM)Hydrangea Wrote: Are you sleeping more hours at night lately?

It would be worth getting a heated hose, to preserve water.

For me, it has depended on the humidity of where I'm at, as well as the number of hours I've slept.

How does the heated hose conserve water? I thought it only warmed the air to prevent rainout. Are people more comfortable with the heated air and lower the humidity level?

I am far from a scientist.  But I'd think the warmed hose would not allow for the condensation to happen going up the hose and even into the mask.  

I think everyone has their own personal sweet spot for both humidity and warmth.

I currently live in a very dry area, so I go through an entire tub of water every night (if I get to sleep a nice amount of time- 8-10 hours).  How quickly I run out of water affects how long I can sleep.   Periodically I wish I could sleep for 11 hours or so, but I can't because my humidifier runs out too soon.
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