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Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
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Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
Went for my annual check with sleep doctor. He turned pressure up a notch as my numbers had changed slightly. It is my first adjustment in 6 years. He also said I should think about getting a new machine in another year or two. According to him, they lose effectiveness over a number of years of use (he said in 7-8 years is the norm). Has anyone else been told this? Just curious to know if this is accurate. My machine seems in good shape as far as I can see. I take good care of it.

He also said it would be a good idea to consider while I have good insurance.
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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
A backup machine is always good to have.
5 years is considered a machines lifetime. Ask if you can get one now.
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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
It's always good to have a back up machine.

Your profile indicates you have a Autoset, but your pressure is set at 10? Since you have a machine that auto-adjusts the pressure, I highly recommend that you show us your SleepyHead (now OSCAR) reports so we can see if you might be better served by a range of pressures instead of a fixed pressure.
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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
I agree with bonjour and Sleepster.

Keep the current machine but request a new replacement. Also post results of sleep reports via OSCAR so we may give hints, suggestions, etc. on making your therapy the best possible. Best to ya.

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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
My Resmed S9 came up with a warning stating "Motor hours exceeded, contact service provider" After about 5 years use.  It was still working fine.  The Hospital dept replaced it for me.
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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
your health profile changes, machines get better, everything breaks down sometime and unless it totally fails it's difficult tell when a machine is no longer at 100%.
The spare is a huge thing. Medicare and most insurance says a new machine every 5 years and they have a reason for this (it does cost them money)
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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
(05-29-2019, 12:01 PM)Hackitt Wrote: My Resmed S9 came up with a warning stating "Motor hours exceeded, contact service provider" After about 5 years use.  It was still working fine.  The Hospital dept replaced it for me.

This is interesting ... did you have to give the old one back?
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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
My sleep doc from h-ll gave me issues for 12 years.
One issue...he wouldn't replace my first cpap until it broke. It was over 8 years old when I reported it broken.
He sold me one through the clinic that the hospital owned. I had 3 choices. Expensive. More Expensive. Unbelievably Expensive.
It was a package, and I had no choice in nasal masks.

When I replaced the first 8 year old unit the new one was much quieter. And noise had been an issue for my wife, who patiently put up with my treatment for years.

So my experience is: old machines may be noisier than they should be. I'd call that "worn out".

Hope this helps.

BTW I finally have a good sleep doc. I feel very lucky. And my DME (supplier) is hard working, honest, and expensive. My cpap therapy is much better now.

And I come here to learn how to be my own advocate so I may enjoy better care and treatment. This is a wonderful forum with wonderful people. I have so much to learn.
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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
nope you can keep it, at least I did and no one asked for it

There are many "should" and many "in reality" issues with insurance and Health Care. You should be able to buy your CPAP anywhere you want. You may have to submit a claim or they may submit it for you. Pretty sure that as long as you are not changing therapy types (CPAP,BiPAP, ASV) or settings, I think when you get a new one is up to your insurance company and not by your Doctor, but then again the Doctor may need to write a new script or justification letter.
Most insurance just follows medicare guidelines and they say five years.

Talk to all sources that are able to provide the answer you want/need. if the Doctor says no, talk to your insurance agent
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RE: Do machines lose effectiveness over several years?
like with all electronic these days, they brake easily and faster then they used to, so if you had 15+ years on your s8 or s9, id doubt you'll ever reach that on a s10 without any sort of issue popping up somewhere.
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