Oxygen concentrators are necessary 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, over time, your concentrator will likely require a professional evaluation and repair work. It is essential to know how to manage your system correctly so that you can keep using it for years to come.
You are required to clean the components on a regular basis to prevent dirt buildup that may cause the unit to break down. Before you start to clean the parts, make sure the unit is turned off and unplugged from the electrical outlet.
Let’s have a look at the basic oxygen concentrator maintenance in these five points:
- The device - Cleaning companies try to convince patients that they need specialty cleaning formulas for oxygen concentrator maintenance – that is incorrect. We recommend wiping the machine with a damp cloth. You may also use a mild detergent, such as Dawn dish soap. This helps get your unit clean without the risk of any harmful chemicals destroying the system. Never spray on the device as the liquid may get inside and damage the device. You can clean the power cord as well, but make sure the unit is completely dry before plugging back in.
- The cover – Keeping your carrying case or backpack clean should not be ignored since a dirty bag collects dust and may host germs. Shake your bag upside down to get rid of dust and debris. Use mild soap to sponge clean it. Make sure the air vents are clear. Dry your bag before using it.
- The battery – Wipe the battery clean with a dry cloth or paper towel.
- The filters - Since oxygen concentrators take in the air and permanently 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, pop the filter out and clean it with mild soap and running water one or two times a week.
- The cannula – It’s critical to keep the nasal cannula and the tubing clean. Weekly clean the cannula with mild soap and water. Make sure the water does not enter the tubing. You don’t have to change the tubing every month but change the nasal cannula. Moreover, check for any punctures or twists in the tubing that can hinder the oxygen delivery.
If you have any questions, consult your owner’s manual or our maintenance department directly.
- Don’t overcharge the batteries. Never leave the charger plugged in with a fully charged battery. This can deteriorate the battery capacity overtime. It’s okay to keep the unit plugged in to power outlet, if you don’t have the battery on.
- If not using the oxygen concentrator regularly, then use at least 10 hours per month so that internal components do not jam up. Prolonged storage causes problems and may require factory maintenance.
- In the case of portable oxygen concentrator, run them on batteries minimum of 2 hours a month.
- If you own multiple batteries, switch them month to month. So that, they are fully cycled and functional.
- Oxygen concentrator will alert you when it’s time to replace the sieve bed columns. You’ll have 30 days to change the sieve beds.
- Every concentrator comes with specific maintenance instructions. We suggest reading the product manual thoroughly at least once. This will help you mitigate the trouble when you cannot access internet or make calls.
Performing a Hard Restart
Just like, sometimes, our smartphones require a hard restart to turn on, the oxygen concentrators may require it too. Though the situation is rare, here are the steps to perform a hard restart on a portable oxygen concentrator:
- The machine must be completely shut down.
- Disconnect the power adapter.
- Remove the batteries.
- Let the unit stand for 20 minutes without power.
- Plug the AC power into the machine – do not attach the batteries yet.
- Turn the unit on and use it for 10 minutes on AC power.
- Then, disconnect the power supply to put the batteries back in.
- Inogen One G3: G3 Product Manual
- Inogen One G4: G4 Product Manual
- SeQual Eclipse 5: Eclipse 5 Product Manual
- Philips Respironics SimplyGo: SimplyGo Manual
- Philips Respironics SimplyGo Mini: SimplyGo Mini Manual
- Philips Respironics EverFlo: EverFlo Manual
View additional home and portable oxygen concentrator manuals.
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 Rentals has 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:
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 check 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 essential that 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.