Common Treadmill Issues: 1 of 2
Like any piece of machinery that is used regularly, a treadmill may occasionally run into
problems. Treadmills come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and features – but there are several key problems found on most types of treadmill machines. If you are quick to respond to these problems, you can minimize damage and avoid any downtime. If you are concerned bring it in to a certified repair shop.
There may be a problem with your machine if the speed varies as you are running. Begin
by checking the owner’s manual for the recommended speed setting. Set the machine to the
recommended setting but do not get on. Observe the treadmill for several minutes to see if there
is any hitching in the belt. If there is, this is often a sign that you need a new belt. Especially if
you feel it stop on a foot strike. A lot of times this means that there is too much friction between
the belt and the deck. Look at the underside of the belt if it is brown or discolored it may be too
late but if it is still relatively white lubricate it using the manufacturers recommended lubrication.
If you feel a slipping sensation when using your treadmill, it may be in need of minor treadmill repair. To fix treadmill problems associated with slippage, align and tighten the running belt. Belts can slip when there is too much friction or if the belt is over-tightened. To check if the belt is too tight, lift it in the center. There should be a gap of approximately two to three inches. If not, the belt is likely too tight.. Be very careful when tightening the belt. It will usually be the back roller that you have to back out to tighten the belt if you do not level out the rear roller the belt will “walk”. This movement to one side or the other
When problems occur with the console display, the solution is usually something minor
(assuming the rest of the treadmill is working properly). If the whole thing dies you may be looking at larger issues. To fix treadmill console displays, check the length of the power cord and visible wires. Worn batteries or crimped cords will need to be replaced. You can also pull off the motor cover and check to make sure no connections came loose. BE SURE TO UNPLUG THE UNIT BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO TOUCH ANYTHING UNDER THE HOOD. FAILURE TO DO SO CAN RESULT IN AN ELLECTRIC SHOCK.
Next week look for more common treadmill issues.