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REMstar Pro with C-Flex shuts off
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I just joined the site and have a problem that I'm not sure best how to search for, so I'll just explain and perhaps you can redirect me to a current thread.

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!
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#2
You can get the free SleepyHead software here http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...e-software.

As far as your machine goes, you'll have to contact someone to have it repaired or replaced. One of us might be better able to advise you about that if we knew your location.
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Hi rnyland,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It sounds like your machine needs to be repaired.
Supplier number 2 on the supplier list on this board has gently used or open-box machines for great prices and from what I understand, their service is pretty good.
Hang in there for more suggestions.
Best of luck to you.
trish6hundred
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#4
Is there any kind of error message on the screen?

Respironics uses beeps and error codes to notify of errors. Sometimes just the beep, sometimes just the error code.

If it has a code, check here:
http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...rror_codes

On the supplier's list are a few repair places. You can try contacting them and see what they say. #27 and 28
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...plier-List
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