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05-13-2014, 09:45 AM
Does anyone know the average life span of a CPAP machine? Mine is almost 5 years old. Hate for it to fail and I have to find a new one during a "Holiday" weekend or something. And as pessimistic as that sounds, as a mechanic I live by two simple codes. 1 - anything mechanical WILL fail. 2 - anything electrical WILL fail. And it usually / always happens at the most inconvenient time. And I am well aware that something new out of the box can fail in 5 days, as well as something that has a life of 5 years can last 50 years. Just trying to get and average and an idea.
05-13-2014, 10:59 AM
The machines are designed to last about 20,000 hours. Your machine should have somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 hours on it. At 5 years, it's probably getting time to look at a new one.
05-13-2014, 11:48 AM
If you're on insurance, most have it set up for a replacement every 5 years or so for the reason that Bama describes.
05-13-2014, 06:24 PM
Yup. 5-6 yrs. Even then, depending on the insurance, they may not replace it simply due to age. But DMEs are usually good at smoothing those lines. Noise levels, fading display screens, etc. Not that I'm saying that's what my DME did when I my S7 reached 5.5 yrs old. Nope.
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05-13-2014, 06:33 PM
I'd echo what the others have said. My main concern would be it's most likely way beyond warranty and if you have insurance you are likely beyond the guideline to replace your machine. Better off messing with insurance replacing it and having a backup than waiting in my mind.
05-14-2014, 02:32 AM
It's not a bad idea to keep an eye on Craigslist or similar sources for a cheap used CPAP machine while your current one is still working. I've found good deals and made great upgrades, but I had to watch CL for 3 months or so before I found good deals.
05-14-2014, 04:46 AM
Mine came with a 5 year warranty and my insurance will not cover me for another in under 5 years, so I reckon 5 years is the life give or take. I know at 5 years I will just buy another machine (and claim my insurance rebate) and the current one will become the backup/travel machine. Then at 10 years, rinse and repeat.
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