I have had my REMstar Pro with C-Flex for probably 4 years now and shortly after leaving Maryland (and having new insurance that won't cover my CPAP) I started experiencing a new problem. Often when I turn the blower on I will just hear a periodic low hum with slight vibration. I feel like the blower fan may be stuck. After about 5 seconds the machine will beep multiple times and shut off. Although it shuts off it will continue to beep until I unplug the machine. If I plug it back in within a few seconds the beeping will start up, if I wait for a minute it will turn on like normal but when starting the blower the same events will repeat.
Although I hate to do this, with sufficient slapping (and I think slapping is a bit mild) the blower will take off and the machine will operate for a few days like normal. Eventually the problem will resurface, and lately it operates for a few days at best before needing some coaxing.
I finally decided that rather than beat the machine into a completely inoperable state I would take it apart and see if the motor or fan was obviously stuck. Again, I don't have great insurance and it would likely be cheaper to buy one on my own (do I need to get a new rx for this if I already had one?) that get it repaired. I removed the housing screws from the back and then realized the knob prevents the lid prom opening. Not wanting to destroy the machine I returned the screws.
So, a few questions.
1) Is this a problem that can be easily remedied, or does it signify the machine is headed for the trash?
2) How do I remove the cover (knob especially) to access the motor?
3) Is there software to read my card data? I pulled the files long ago because my physician at Hopkins wasn't the best data analyst and I wanted to follow my progress. I found the data couldn't be read by any normal program such as excel so I'm wondering if there is a way to pull it so I can track my own CPAP use.
Thanks for any insight!