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What if my humidifier runs out of water?

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What if my humidifier runs out of water?

Postby Neet » Tue Sep 08, 2009 1:36 pm

Praise God everything is going well. I sleep around 7 hours per night if I have my humidifier on 4 no matter how the weather is. I use up quite a bit of the water and was wondering if my REMstar M series will break if my humidifier would ever run out of water. I have not slept without my CPAP in 11 months and can't imagine sleeping without it, so I don't want to break it.
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Postby Webbie73 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:12 pm

Hi, I have no answer for you. Interesting that you use water. I have my humidifier set at 21/2 right now and barely use water. Since the weather has started to turn cooler and I am using the warming setting it will be interesting to see if I use more water.
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Postby Bearded One » Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:46 pm

First; are you sure that you are not mouth breathing? Using lots of water is an indication of mouth breathing.

It will not hurt your humidifier to run dry, although it may smell bad.
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Postby BillH2 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:17 pm

I use the same machine, tonight will be my 5th night. I fill the reservoir to the top level, and I have also run out of water with a setting of 3. I am using a nasal mask and as far as I know, I am not mouth breathing. Last night I was woke up with an extremely dry throat, the humidifier reservoir was empty. I know that the adjustment knob makes a difference as the 2nd night I had it, the humidifier was accidently changed to 1. That night, I woke up with a dry throat, checked the setting, changed it to 3 and slept though the night.

What happens if you over-fill?
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Postby BillH2 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:17 pm

BillH2 wrote:I use the same machine, tonight will be my 5th night. I fill the reservoir to the top level, and I have also run out of water with a setting of 3. I am using a nasal mask and as far as I know, I am not mouth breathing. Last night I was woke up with an extremely dry throat, the humidifier reservoir was empty. I know that the adjustment knob makes a difference as the 2nd night I had it, the humidifier was accidently changed to 1. That night, I woke up with a dry throat, checked the setting, changed it to 3 and slept though the night.

What happens if you over-fill?


Whatever you are told on equipment setup by the tech who configures your CPAP, it's always best to READ THE MANUAL! (Trust, but verify) I was given incorrect information on filling the reservoir, (The tech told me to split the reservoir, fill to a line then assemble it) fought the unit five nights, then happened to pull out the manual discover the correct way of filling it. Talked to a lady in my office who has been on the same machine for a year and she was told the same thing. She does not use the same sleep center that I use.
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Humidifier

Postby Neet » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:44 pm

I use a full fask mask and my daughter and I sleep in the same room. She can hear me and know whether I forgot to turn on my machine or if I have a leak. She said she hasn't heard a mask leak in a long time and I sleep at least 7 hours and wake up rested. There have been times that I did not push the humidifier in far enough or did not place the hose on correctly to find plenty of water in the humidifier in the am. That is how I know there is a problem, or I went to bed really late. I will ask and thank you for the suggestions.
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