Treadmill Maintenance 11 Tips For The Care Of Your Treadmill

Treadmill Maintenance 11 Tips For The Care Of Your Treadmill

So, you've spent the weeks you​ needed to​ research, try out, choose and​ purchase your​ brand​ new treadmill. You've gotten it​ assembled and​ begun your​ daily what now? Well, even the highest end commercial treadmills need a​ bit of​ love and​ affection​ to​ keep them purring like a​ kitten. this​ guide will tell you​ everything you​ need to​ know to​ keep your​ treadmill in​ tip top shape.

Tip #1
The first thing you​ are going to​ want to​ do is​ get a​ good treadmill mat to​ go underneath your​ unit. Despite what you​ think, a​ treadmill mat isn't as​ much for​ protecting your​ floor as​ for​ protecting your​ treadmill. you​ see, a​ treadmill's motor builds up a​ huge static charge as​ you​ work out. The charge will suck dust, lint and​ debris into your​ motor, causing it​ to​ clog and​ run inefficiently. The more gunk in​ your​ motor the worse it​ will run and​ the shorter its lifespan will be. Sliding a​ nice treadmill mat underneath your​ equipment will help reduce that static and​ the amount of​ stuff getting sucked up in​ it. as​ a​ bonus, you'll also be protecting your​ floor and​ carpet. Watch out for​ cheap mats, tho. if​ you​ pick up a​ budget treadmill mat you​ run the risk of​ having it​ stain​ your​ hardwood floor or​ stick to​ your​ carpet. Supermat is​ a​ great brand​ of​ treadmill mat and​ can be purchased for​ as​ low as​ $35.

Tip #2
Sticking with dust and​ dirt, make sure to​ dust/clean your​ treadmill once every other week. Take special care with the belt area as​ any build up should be cleaned off right away or​ you'll risk reduced performance.

Tip #3
I know it's going to​ sound over obvious, but make sure to​ keep your​ power cord well away from the base of​ the unit and​ the incline mechanism. you​ have no idea how many cords we end up replacing on​ our service calls.

Tip #4
if​ you​ find your​ belt slipping, it​ may be because the belt tracking is​ off. you​ can adjust your​ tracking the same way you​ make sure the belt is​ properly aligned, with the alignment screws at​ the rear of​ your​ treadmill. an​ allen wrench is​ all you​ need. a​ quick quarter clockwise turn should tighten everything back up. Make sure never to​ turn either side more than a​ quarter turn at​ any given time because you​ the adjustments levels are very fine. Keeping your​ belt aligned will reduce the load on​ you​ treadbelt and​ belt guides. Check out your​ owner's manual for​ more information.

Tip #5
A lot of​ times the cause of​ miss aligned on​ a​ treadbelt is​ from the unit not being level. Make sure to​ get your​ treadmill level.

Tip #6
Unless specifically isntructed by your​ owner's manual, do not use silicone or​ oils to​ lubricate your​ treadmill's deck. a​ clean, dry, dust-free bed and​ belt combination​ is​ ideal for​ a​ long-lasting treadmill. if​ your​ manual recommends the use of​ a​ silicone spray for​ lubrication, make sure to​ precisely follow application​ and​ scheduling instructions. Some treadmill decks may require initial waxing to​ help reduce friction​ with the belt. Do not wax a​ deck unless recommended by the manufacturer. Lubrication​ to​ pretreated wax decks may interfere with the wax.

Tip #7
The lowest level of​ friction​ between your​ belt and​ deck is​ desired. if​ the amount of​ friction​ is​ too high, you'll end up with damage and​ wear to​ both your​ motor and​ your​ year. The best way to​ judge a​ low friction​ belt is​ that it​ will slide when the power is​ off and​ you​ can manually walk the belt when the treadmill is​ powered down. Improper lubrication​ can lead to​ overworking your​ motor.

Tip #8
One of​ the main​ problems on​ most treadmills (home and​ commercial) is​ in​ the control board. as​ with any computer, the treadmill's control board is​ subject to​ power surges, improper grounding and​ so on. The best way to​ protect your​ treadmill's computer brain​ is​ to​ unplug it​ when not in​ use and​ use a​ grounded plug when powered on.

Tip #9
Read your​ user's manual. I know, I know..."who really reads those darn things?" Well, you​ should. Just about everything you​ need to​ know will be found in​ that little book that came with your​ treadmill. Pop it​ open while you're in​ the bathroom for​ a​ good read.

Tip #10
Never operate your​ treadmill while wet. Bad idea for​ so many reasons.

Tip #11
Last but not least, if​ you​ are having trouble with your​ treadmill and​ need it​ fixed...then call the Treadmill Sensei! That's what we do! (Ok, so it's a​ shameless plug...but it's my website so nyah).

Anyway, a​ few simple steps and​ you'll be able to​ take care of​ your​ treadmill so it​ can continue to​ help take care of​ you​ for​ years to​ come

-The Treadmill Sensei

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