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[Equipment] CPap Machine Less Air than Usual
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Last night, my CPap seemed to be blowing a lot less air than usual. I had that happen a few time before, but when I took it in to the DME it ran fine. I tried everything I could think of, and noticed it seem to run a bit better when I removed the filter. Do you think the machine could be plugged? I have to admit, I forget to change that filter very often.
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With the information you currently have available to you, you have answered your own question. Change the filter and see if that makes a difference. 

But in order to tell if the machine is at fault, you need to download sleepyhead. The data from that will tell the actual pressure delivered to the mask. Also this will give you some ammunition to give to the DME in the event the machine is at fault. Especially if the problem is intermittent.
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(04-13-2017, 07:42 AM)AlliesNana Wrote: Last night, my CPap seemed to be blowing a lot less air than usual. I had that happen a few time before, but when I took it in to the DME it ran fine. I tried everything I could think of, and noticed it seem to run a bit better when I removed the filter. Do you think the machine could be plugged? I have to admit, I forget to change that filter very often.


Hi AlliesNana, Welcome to the forum.

Which ResMed machine do you have?  Is it the newer Airsense 10.  Is it under warranty?

Yes, I agree it's very important to change the filter, depending on your environment.  
If you have animals that shed or a lot of dust, change it monthly.  

Download the free SleepyHead software, then follow the tutorials in my signature line to upload a screenshot of your data here.  As stated above, we can tell by the graphs if something is amiss.
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Is this something you copy to the memory card in the machine, or how do you get the machine to use it?
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You install sleepyhead on your personal computer. Using a card reader, which most PCs have built in, you remove the SD card from the PAP machine and read it with Sleepyhead. Sleepyhead will give you graphic and statistical representations of the data collected by the machine's SD card.

See opalrose's link and the links in her signature for more information on sleepyhead.

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And a quick way to check the filter is to take it out, move away from the CPAP machine, and flick the filter a few times. If you get a big billow of dust, the filter may be plugged up and need a swap.
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Hi AlliesNana,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.
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Thank you!
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#9
OK, I'm going to try this again. I was having no luck with uploading the CSV file or screenshots, and then got a message that I have to post four times before I can post links. I went on a couple of other threads and posted and now will try the link again. There wasn't much information available (apparently my machine doesn't support that much) and the dates look wonky. Thank you for your help.

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Initial thought is that Sleepyhead does not support the Rem Star Plus that is indicated in the report and might be the reason you can't see any of the data. I will defer to the more experienced members to chime in.
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