Treadmill Maintenance

Ah, treadmill maintenance. Although maintenance is it something that most people wish was avoidable, it is necessary to keep your machine in good working condition. As we all know, treadmills are way too heavy for us to carry them into a shop for repairs. Therefore, most treadmill services, including repairs and maintenance are done in home. Here are a few quick and easy tasks you can do yourself to keep your treadmill in good shape.

  • Location / Placement:

    Make sure your treadmill is on sturdy, level ground. Use a level and adjust the feet, otherwise the belt and motor will be effected. Also, get a treadmill mat, as this will help absorb some of the impact on your machine, make cleaning under the machine much easier, and also protect your floor.

  • Keep things clean:

    Chances are that you will sweat on your treadmill and moisture will begin to build on the running belt. Sooner or later, it can harbor bacterial growth, and might promote rusting of the metal parts. So not only will it get nasty and disgusting, but it will harm your components over time. Therefore, it is important to always wipe the machine down after each use! Use a damp cloth with water only.

    Along with wiping down the machine after uses, vacuum underneath and the surrounding area of the machine to avoid dust and debris build-up. Dust will make your treadmill motor work harder and get hotter, and will eventually it will burn out. Make sure the treadmill is unplugged if you are going under the motor hood.

  • Lubrication:

    Lubricate your treadmill belt every 2-3 months. This will reduce the friction under the belt, reduce the wear on the motor and prolong the life of your treadmill. While some decks come pre-lubricated, the treatment will usually only last up to a year, and you will have to start lubricating it yourself. This is one of the most important, yet simple ways to keep your treadmill in optimal performance condition.

  • Alignment:

    Make sure the walking belt is relatively centered and straight – make sure it’s aligned and not scraping or rubbing on the side. Even if it starts out centered, it can move over time if the user favor one leg or the treadmill is on uneven ground.

    Every so often, you will want check on your belts and deck. If a small portion of the walking belt is worn out, don’t cry, there is nothing to be worried about. This is perfectly normal knowing that the cause of it is probably from the soles of the user’s shoes.

There is only so much you can do yourself if you aren’t an experienced treadmill technician. We recommend hiring someone professional for full treadmill maintenance and check-ups. Chances are, if you run on it frequently, you will notice some parts not functioning smoothly over time and you will be calling the service center anyways. Remember, preventative care is always better than waiting for a problem to occur and then addressing it.


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