How to Maintain Your Oxygen Concentrator
Your oxygen concentrator
is an important investment in your health. This medical device can have a significant impact on your overall health, so it’s important that you maintain the concentrator in order to keep it performing at its best. With proper maintenance and care, a quality oxygen concentrator will last you around 100,000 hours.
These steps can help you to maintain your concentrator so that it performs well when you need to rely on it.
Change Tubing Regularly
If you use your concentrator all day, then change the tubing once a week. You can change the tubing on a bi-weekly basis if you only use the concentrator at night. Your nasal cannula
needs to be changed at the same time when you change out your tubing.
Additionally, you will want to always keep an eye out for any kinks or holes and moisture developing in the tubing. If you find any of these issues, change the tubing out to keep your oxygen concentrator performing at its best.
Clean and Change Filters
It’s very important to clean and change your concentrator’s filters on a regular basis. Running your oxygen concentrator with dirty or clogged filters will strain the motor and reduce the air intake, shortening the life of your machine. If the filters get clogged, the air purity produced is affected, and an alarm may sound.
- Interior filters should be changed and/or cleaned once yearly each year.
- If your concentrator has an exterior filter, this should be cleaned each month. To clean the filter, use warm water to wash out any debris, then allow the filter to air dry.
Check the filters regularly. If you see that the filter is looking tattered or is developing holes, then it is time for a replacement.
Schedule Regular Service
In order to keep your oxygen concentrator performing at its best, schedule service with a professional technician every six months. It is best to find a technician who is familiar with the brand of concentrator that you own.
Oxygen concentrators need only minimal maintenance to keep them performing well. By investing a little bit of time in maintenance and care, you can make the most of your investment, prolonging its lifetime and usefulness.