05-23-2014, 10:07 AM
(This post was last modified: 05-23-2014, 10:08 AM by d1hartman.)
I'd still like to know if it's possible to set the System one humidifier lower. The setup options only give me disable, off, 1, 2, 3, or 4. Even set on 1 I sometimes run out of water and/or have a hose full of water. I have a feeling it's a design flaw.
Lately I've been leaving the System One humidifier off, but with water in it, and using an old Fisher Paykel humidifier. At least with that one I can control the temperature better and don't run out of water, or wake up with a hose full.
System One humidifier should go 0-5, not 4. 0 is no heat, max is 5. 1 should be applying just a small amount of heat.
Let it run for a few minutes with it set on 1. Then take the water tub out and feel the bottom. If it feels super hot to the touch, then I would guess either your machine or humidifier is malfunctioning. I've had a LOT of problems with the System One humidifiers where the actual problem is in the machine and not the humidifier.
But even at 5 in winter (dry air), many patients wouldn't use a full tub of water. So my guesses either that tub is going to be REALLY hot or you are experiencing a LOT of leaking with mask.
I almost never have enough water left in the tank of my system 1 humidifier to cover the metal heating plate. I have never measured the capacity of the prs1 tank or my previous H5i tank, but the H5i usually had a little water left in the morning. I have no idea how early I run out/how long I sleep without humidity.
The hotplate gets really hot even when set on 1, and sometimes I end up with water in the hose. I'm pretty sure I'm not leaking, because I wake up occasionally during the night and have a good seal, and no dryness unless I run out of water, or hear the hose gurgling which wakes me up also.
Bwexler seems to be having a similar problem, so I think it's in the machine itself. Maybe it's time to call my DME supplier...
Yes, I would call the DME you got it from.
If I had a patient come in with this situation I would:
1) Have you demonstrate the problem you are experiencing.
2) I would run your humidifier to another new machine to see if it gets superhot.
a) If yes, then it is a humidifer problem. Put the new humidifier on your machine and make sure it works fine.
b) If no, then it is likely a machine problem. Put your humidifier up to a new machine and make sure it is working properly.
If can't isolate the problem, exchange both humidifier and machine.
This sounds like a problem of your humidifier, not the ones from Philips in general - I have not had that experience - with a half full tank, I still have water in my tank (not much, though) after a night at 4. At 1 it barely moves, maybe a quarter of the way down, in short proportionate to the heat settings.
While I am not running a BiPap machine, so far as I know all Philips humidifiers after a certain date are based on the same model and specs, so you should be getting similar mileage as I get.
If your PRS1 is 60 series machine and using the heated tube, there 3 different levels, 70%, 80%, 90%