Common Treadmill Issues: 2 of 2
Continuing on last week's theme we will now go over a few more common treadmill issues
If you are experiencing a burning smell from the treadmill, treadmill repairs may require minor to major fixes. Immediately turn off the treadmill and unplug the power cord from the wall. Common causes of a burning smell from a treadmill include friction between the deck and back or a short in the wiring, electronics, or motor. These problems could potentially cause a fire, making immediate treadmill repair essential. After you unplug it take off the hood and vacuum out the area under the hood. Make sure it is completely free of dirt and grime. Do the same with the underside of the treadmill. Then be sure to completely lubricate the belt and deck. Put everything back together and then run it again with no one on it. If the smell continues you need to shut it off until a professional can come out and look at it.
Fixing a non-work treadmill motor can be one of the more costly treadmill repairs an owner may run into. If the motor does not run at all it is generally not the motor its self but the lower control board that has failed due to excessive heat. If you keep a vinyl matt underneath, periodically vacuumed out the area under the hood and lubricate on regular intervals this should not be a problem.
The motor may need to be replaced if it is powered at full speed, cannot be adjusted, and continues not to work or works poorly. Treadmills that power on at a full speed often run into problems with failed circuits. These erratic problems can lead to safety issues. If may not be possible to fix treadmill motors. The circuit or motor may need to be completely replaced by a professional.
Too much friction on the running belt can cause the belt to heat up and not run properly. Treadmills require lubrication to limit the amount of friction between the platform and belt. When the friction increases to a certain point, the machine is automatically set to power off. This may be the cause for the machine to stop working suddenly. Try to lubricate the belt to see if the problem is fixed. Ultimately, the belt may need to be replaced.
This is the number one thing any treadmill owner can do to extend the life of the machine and assure it will run properly for years. This is especially true in silicone lubricated treadmills which need to be lubricated at least every ninety days (more if you use it regularly). When buying a treadmill be sure to ask the sales person what it takes to maintain the machine. You would not expect a car to run without ever changing the oil. A treadmill is the same.
It is common to run into some problems when learning how to fix a treadmill. While the problems mentioned above are common problems associated with treadmill machines, the solution is not always easy. Treadmill parts may need to be completely replaced before the machine can be used again. It’s important to learn how to fix a treadmill the correct way to avoid injury to yourself and damage to the machine. Troubleshooting the treadmill can help determine the point of failure within the machine. This will also give you the opportunity to fix or replace the part yourself or with the help of a skilled repair technician.