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Cleaning a CPAP Water Chamber
The water chamber is the removable tank that holds the water in your humidifier.
Utilizing a humidifier can make a positive difference in your sleep apnea therapy comfort, and experience. By warming and moistening the air you’re breathing, it assists prevent you from having a dry nose and throat and can help you keep your mouth closed while you sleep.
Humidification helps to enhance comfort and improves compliance.
How Do I Wash and Maintain my CPAP Water Chamber?
Like all of the other components of your sleep apnea machine, your water chamber should be cleaned regularly.
- Empty and residual water from the container when you wake up in the morning.
- Leave the water container out to dry thoroughly.
- Use distilled water to prevent mineral build-up in your water chamber and hoses. While it’s correct to use tap water occasionally, like when traveling, manufacturers recommend using distilled water for optimum usage.
How Often Do I Need to Change My CPAP Water Chamber?
Manufacturers recommend changing a standard water chamber every 6 months.
Many insurance companies follow Medicare guidelines and will authorize a new water chamber this often. This means that if you’re getting a new CPAP supply shipment every 90 days, your shipment should include a new water chamber in every other order. Check with your device provider or contact your insurance company to see what they allow.
The CPT code for a water chamber is A7046.
How Do I Know If I Need to Change My Water Chamber?
The chamber may develop cracks, pitted areas, or discoloration due to minerals in the water and build-up inside the chamber. As the material worsens, cracks may trap bacteria from moisture. If this happens before six months of usage, you should change it.