How and when to replace your mask

Article from ResMed

How often should you replace your mask? Can you buy individual replacement components? Find the answer to these and other mask replacement questions below.

Q. Why and how often should I get a new CPAP mask cushion?

A. Like any piece of clothing or accessory, your mask cushion becomes worn out over time. For optimal comfort replacing your mask regularly is important.

The life of a mask cushion depends on various factors such as how much you use it, the oils from your skin, and how often you clean it. We highly recommend inspecting your mask according to the cleaning and maintenance routine outlined in your mask user guide. The user guide supplied with your mask contains guidelines to help you inspect, assess and replace your supplies.

Check for small tears or pinholes and anything else that might cause a leak. Household pets (and children) have been known to damage cushions by playing with them, so it’s a good idea to keep your mask out of reach. Also, be sure not to leave your mask somewhere that receives direct sunlight during the day.

Because the timing and reasons for replacing your mask cushion greatly depends on your mask, it’s important to reference your mask user guide for specific details.

Q. Why and how often should I replace my headgear?

A. You may need to replace your headgear occasionally as it may become stretched or lose its elasticity, leading to over-tightening and discomfort. Taking good care of your mask headgear is an important step towards better therapy outcomes. Similar to your mask cushion, please refer to your mask user guide for specific guidelines on inspecting and replacing your headgear.

Q. Can I buy mask replacement components?

A.  Yes. Contact us so we can help.