We've updated our privacy policy.

Problem with my hose

100 posts
Was this reply useful? Learn more...
   
[-]
SleepyMommy703 +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

Something strange happened to the hose for my CPAP machine. About 5 inches away from where it connects to the machine it looks all stretched out. Where the rings are usually tight and close together they are farther apart and the plastic between them is loose and crinkly. I'm not sure how it happened, but what is stranger is that despite not feeling any particular spots of leakage, the air isn't coming through. Or at least not with enough force to be helpful. I can feel a small amount but it's a very low pressure. I'm stumped as to what happened. It's a fairly new hose I've only used maybe 7 times over the past 2 weeks.

I had an older heated hose that I never threw out so I switched for last night, but I imagine insurance isn't going to pay for a new one yet as they only replace them every 3 months. Anyone have this happen before?

Thanks, Heather

116 posts
Was this reply useful? Learn more...
   
[-]
BrainsNeedSleep +1 point · over 2 years ago Sleep Commentator

Any chance you can show a picture?

Does water run through the hose just fine? Or is there water coming out where the part looks "stretched" and possibly the hose got damaged? If the air pressure is fine with another hose, then it's probably not your settings, right? So check the hose for air leaks, and with water, for any internal blockage for some weird reason.

Also, if there is a manufacturing glitch that contributed, your DME should take a look at the hose and probably replace it free, especially since it was only used a few times before it failed.

If you, like I, sling your hose over the headboard of your bed, be sure you didn't accidentally jam the hose in there somehow and cause the damage that way -- you wouldn't want to have that happen a second time! :-)

Plain ordinary hoses can be bought on sale for around 12 bucks at cpap.com, where I usually buy stuff that insurance won't pay for -- just be sure that the diameter of the hose (there are two) is matched properly in the settings on your machine --- the narrower hoses take an adjustment to maintain same air pressure through a narrower "pipe"!

100 posts
Was this reply useful? Learn more...
   
[-]
SleepyMommy703 +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster Sleep Commentator

Thanks! I didn't think to check it with water. I did run water through it and there were no actual leaks. But it did seem to be partially blocked. The best I can figure is where it's stretched out the plastic is sort of loose and crinkly and I think the pressure in essence causes a partial blockage with that area of loose plastic. When I stretch it out it flows through easier. But it doesn't seem like something I can fix so I'll see if they will replace it for me. I can keep using my older hose until then. But yes worst case I guess I spend a few bucks and just order off Amazon.

I'm pretty sure it had to be faulty. I don't even have a headboard to stretch it over. During the night I pull the extra cord under the covers with me, but I don't really move so I'm not pulling on it or anything. I do have 3 kids in the house so I can't rule out that they could have done something when I wasn't looking, but they don't usually touch it.

Thanks for responding.

Topic locked due to inactivity. Start a new topic to engage with active community members.
Please be advised that these posts may contain sensitive material or unsolicited medical advice. MyApnea does not endorse the content of these posts. The information provided on this site is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for advice from a health care professional who has evaluated you.