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c0reDump Offline

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Post: #1
Mask replacement strategy
Curious to know how long folks go before replacing masks, hoses, headgear, and other parts. I've been using the original equipment for about 5 months now, and not really noticing any negatives (yet).

Since I have a high deductible insurance plan, replacement parts are on my dime -- so trying to figure out how long I can go before replacing stuff.

How often do you guys switch out masks?
06-21-2014 07:37 PM
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diamaunt Offline

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RE: Mask replacement strategy
I've got a mirage quattro, I got it on 2009. after reading the stuff here about how often people replaced things, I bought a spare cushion on ebay.

the spare cusion is still in it's package, waiting for the first one to wear out, rip, get too grody, get hard, something...

I have had to replace the little elbow that dangles off the front two or three times, the original designs had easily broken 'fingers', the last one I got a couple years ago had been redesigned and has been much more robust.

the little clicker thingy that adjusts the forehead support did break, maybe three years ago, but it was only the bit that kept the knob from freewheeling, so I stuck a bit of felt in there to give it tension, and haven't looked back.
06-21-2014 09:03 PM
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Tez62 Offline

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Post: #3
RE: Mask replacement strategy
c0reDump, It's a very individual question and different depending on which country you live in and what insurance you have. In Aaustralia, nothing is covered by insurance so it is all out of our pockets. My first mask Mirage Quattro lasted two years withour changing anything and I the only reason I changed to the Quattro Air was becasue it was new on the market, I have been using that for a year now and it is still going strong. If insurance covers it, change it as often as they will let you, if you are paying yourself, use it as long as possible or if you notuce leaks getting higher :O
I havent changed my hose, tank etc since I got it and that was 3 years ago, I wash everything twice a week.
06-21-2014 09:04 PM
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bwexler Offline

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Machine: PRS 1 BiPAP autoSV Advanced, with Heated Tube humidifier
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Post: #4
RE: Mask replacement strategy
My insurance pays for supplies 100% so I get to try different masks every 6 months. I am still looking for the perfect one. I do change back and forth if I have a stuffy nose or if a mask causes some irritation.
I like to keep a spare heated hose and a spare water chamber.
Once I get squared away I don't need to keep ordering and hoarding supplies.
06-21-2014 09:19 PM
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zonk Offline

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Post: #5
RE: Mask replacement strategy
(06-21-2014 07:37 PM)c0reDump Wrote:  How often do you guys switch out masks?
Different strokes for different folks

I've been using Activa LT for some time, the frame does does not need replacing
Straps stretch over time, normally last a year
Cushions get replaced as soon as leak into my eyes, I can tolerate any leak except eyes leak ... its no no, normally within 3 months

The cuff on the ClimateLine, mask end wear out and get loose ... normally last a year

Filter ... replace each month

I like to trial other masks but money is in short supply at the moment Coffee
06-21-2014 09:31 PM
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herbm Offline

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Post: #6
RE: Mask replacement strategy
I can get one paid 80% by insurance every 3 months (but not headgear -weird rule), so I ordered one right away the first time to be sure of having a spare and because the first P10 is a little stretched.

Due to various delays, the new one arrived about 4.5 months after the first -- the original is serviceable.

Probably won't bother with that every time.

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06-21-2014 10:17 PM
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archangle Offline
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Post: #7
RE: Mask replacement strategy
I recommend getting at least one spare of everything as soon as you can work it with insurance or your own pocketbook. You don't want to have to spend a night without CPAP if you don't have to. I like to clean my parts, dry them, and then set them aside for a week while I use my other mask parts. That way things dry out really well to prevent germ growth.

If your insurance isn't footing the bill, check out the online suppliers.

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06-22-2014 12:48 AM
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c0reDump Offline

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Post: #8
RE: Mask replacement strategy
Good points about having spares on hand, thanks for the tips!
06-22-2014 06:56 AM
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