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Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
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zhentrixcalipso Offline

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Machine: Remstar mplus series
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: comfort classic
Humidifier: unsure
CPAP Pressure: 2
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
I made an account here just to write this:

My cpap hummudifier is filled with distilled water turn the cpap on put the mask in my nose and after few minutes breathing with fresh air, the air began to smell bad after 2 minutes the air became uncomfortable so i turn the cpap off, take my mask off and sleep without a cpap.My brothers phone alarm woke me up at around 3 am so i change the water of the hummudifier to ozonized water, put it in my cpap go to my bed again put the mask on and so on and still the same thing happens the air smell bad after minutes of use causing me not to use the cpap anymoreUnsure

Ive been using cpap for months now and after 1 month of struggle,i began having good night sleeps by the the help of this forum too but i want clear answers to solve this problem so i made an account here.Any suggestions how to fix this? Any clues? Dont-know

Hummudifier level:2
Water:ozonized water


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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
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CPAP Pressure: 10.6/14, EPR 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Location: Beautiful, albeit very wet Oregon Coast

Post: #2
RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
Hi Zhen,

Have you washed your hose and your mask?

Also check/replace the air filter on your machine.

If those things do not resolve the problem, you should take your machine in to be checked out.

--- I just saw your humidity level is set to "2." You might try moving that up to 3 or 3.5.
(This post was last modified: 05-07-2015 03:53 PM by retired_guy.)
05-07-2015 03:52 PM
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zhentrixcalipso Offline

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Machine: Remstar mplus series
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: comfort classic
Humidifier: unsure
CPAP Pressure: 2
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male
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Post: #3
RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
My cpap has no air filter
05-07-2015 04:12 PM
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Ghost1958 Offline

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Machine: PRS1 Series Sixty Auto Aflex
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Eson
Humidifier: PRS1 with Heated Hose
CPAP Pressure: 10.5 min 16 max
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Moderate to Severe SA Obstructive. Rapid O2 desat off the machine.

Sex: Male
Location: KY

Post: #4
RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
Filter is in the back of the machine. Smell is likely your tank needs washed. Hose needs washed or mask. Filter usually wont smell but it does need changed regularly.
Never heard of a cpap machine that goes lower thsn 4 cmh2o.
05-07-2015 04:54 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #5
RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
Hi zhentrixcalipso,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Your machine should have a place for filters.
Hang in there for more suggestions and much success to you with your CPAP therapy and getting your machine problems straightened out.

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05-07-2015 05:23 PM
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Location: Terre Haute, Indiana

Post: #6
RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
Soak your "parts" mask, hose, water tank, any that will not be damaged by the water in a plastic pan (I use a bathing pan I got from hospital)with warm water and 1/4 cup of white vinegar for 6 to hours, rinse a couple times, and let air dry.
05-07-2015 07:15 PM
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Machine: Respironics 560 Auto
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CPAP Software: EncoreBasic

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RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
Smelly CPAP,
Smelly CPAP,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly CPAP,
Smelly CPAP,
It's not your fault!

Love,
Phoebe

Seriously, I have nothing to offer other than what others have said. Please let us know what the deal is if you figure it out.
(This post was last modified: 05-07-2015 09:22 PM by OMyMyOHellYes.)
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Sleepster Offline
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Machine: ResMed AirCurve10 VAuto
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Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir and SlimLine Hose
CPAP Pressure: MaxI 13.6 | MinE 5.2 | PS 4.4
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Diagnosed Nov 2011. Conquered aerophagia.

Sex: Male
Location: Houston, Texas

Post: #8
RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
(05-07-2015 03:06 PM)zhentrixcalipso Wrote:  Any suggestions how to fix this? Any clues? Dont-know

I had the same problem and no one could figure it out. But I eventually did.

First, wash the humidifier tank, hose, foam filter, and mask in warm soapy water. Change the white filter. Put distilled water in the humidifier tank. If the smell returns immediately it's the inside of the machine. You have to take it all apart, clean it, and put it back together.

If you need help let us know. There are threads with instructions and photos. My PRS1 had a rancid oily film of fine dust on every surface that came in contact with the air stream, including the impeller blades. By soaking and brushing I got it all clean and the problem disappeared.

I took my S9 apart and it was clean on the inside, so don't do this unless you can't get rid of the smell any other way.

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05-07-2015 09:24 PM
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archangle Offline
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Post: #9
RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
How did you end up with an M Series CPAP machine? Those haven't been made for years.

You do need to wash the gray foam filter every two weeks, and replace it every 6 months. There is an optional white filter that goes behind the gray filter. If you use it, you need to replace it every month.

It's necessary to have the grey filter in place to prevent machine damage long term. The white filter is optional.

How do you clean your water tank?

Are you getting this machine and supplies from a local DME (CPAP salesman)? Do you have insurance? Are you in the USA? If so, there should be a schedule for replacement parts.

If not you can buy replacement parts (other than masks) online without a prescription.

Are you working with a doctor on apnea?

Get the free SleepyHead software here.
Useful links.
Click here for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
05-08-2015 12:58 AM
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player Offline

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Sex: Male
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Post: #10
RE: Smelly cpap smell after months of use and other problems
As others have said, the only reason it would stink is if it is dirty, and bacteria/mold/fungus is growing in it.

Or a mouse got in the machine and died.
05-08-2015 06:37 AM
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