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Oxygen Concentrator Repairs and Maintenance 101

Jan 22, 2013 by
Oxygen Concentrator Repairs and Maintenance 101

Oxygen concentrators are lifelines for many patients. For this reason, it is crucial that your system is in 100-percent working order at all times. Whether you purchase a new or used concentrator, the unit should be cleaned and maintained to prevent costly repairs. However, overtime, your concentrator will likely require a professional evaluation and repair work. It is important to know how to fix your system properly so that you can keep using it for years to come.

Basic Maintenance

Every concentrator comes with specific maintenance instructions. Generally, you are required to clean the components on a regular basis to prevent dirt buildup that may cause the unit to break. Before you decide to clean the parts, make sure the concentrator is unplugged from the electrical outlet, when applicable. You can clean the power cord, but make sure the unit is completely dry before plugging back in.

Cleaning companies try to convince patients that they need specialty cleaning formulas for oxygen concentrator maintenance. We recommend using a mild detergent, such as Dawn dish soap, as well as a damp cloth. This helps get your concentrator clean without the risk of any harmful chemicals destroying the system. If you have any questions, consult your owner’s manual or our maintenance department directly.

Another aspect is the filter. Since concentrators take in the air and essentially clean it for purer oxygen, unwanted particles are filtered out. This can include dust, pollen and other types of particles that may be in the air both inside and out of your home. For optimal performance, clean the filter one to two times per week with mild soap and water.

Repair Solutions

The better you maintain your oxygen concentrator, the less likely you will have problems with it. Still, situations may come up in which your system needs repairs. American Medical Sales and Repair is equipped with state-of-the-art technicians that can help diagnose and fix oxygen concentrator problems, whether you originally purchased your system with us or not.
We service a variety of brands, including:

• Invacare
• Devilbiss
• Inogen
• Respironics
• Sequal

It is best to contact our technicians directly with your concentrator make and model—even if it is not included in this list, chances are we can still fix it for you.
Every concentrator undergoes a 12-point system that measures oxygen quality, as well as testing for abnormal vibrations and leaks. The entire repair process takes a few business days, and we accept repairs from all 50 states.

While your oxygen concentrator is out for repairs, it is important you have a backup system in place. We can help work with you and your physician to determine the best backup method to service all your oxygen needs over the short-term repair work.

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Scott has been with AMSR since 2008 and is passionate about topics relating oxygen and oxygen therapy. He enjoys sharing his knowledge about oxygen to help educate patients on the options they have. His oxygen tips have been featured on Caring.com and numerous oxygen and medical related Web sites.