Advice For New Treadmill Owners

In this post, we share some advice for new treadmill owners regarding common issues they will face.

Gym Tech has over 15 years of experience as the premier gym equipment service company in the New York tri-state area so you can trust us to take care of your treadmill repair.

How Long Does A Treadmill Last?

Depending on the model and brand of the treadmill, retailers tell us the range is 7 to 12 years, with 10 years on average. Of course, with proper care, some treadmills far exceed the average. With neglect, even the expensive ones die young.

For this reason, we recommend purchasing a premium gym-quality treadmill from a trusted commercial brand such as Precor to ensure that you have the best treadmill on the market that will last you a very long time.

Why Is My Treadmill Not Starting?

If the treadmill won't start with the safety key inserted, unplug the treadmill and check the wire harness connections between the console display and the motor control board. Reconnect any loose wires and repair any broken wires. ... If you hear the drive motor buzz but it doesn't run, replace the drive motor.

If the treadmill is plugged in and the power still does not work, make sure the key is in the console and that the Reset/Off circuit breaker has not been tripped. Press the switch to "Reset" if it has been tripped. Check the Reset/Off circuit breaker if the power switches off while in use.

Why is my treadmill squeaking?

A squeaking treadmill can indicate one of many things. It can mean your belt needs lubrication or isn't level in its current position. In addition, it may signal that your walking belt needs adjustment. Squeaking can also indicate improper assembly or loose parts.

Should I lubricate my treadmill?

Treadmill lubricant reduces friction between the tread belt and the motor, significantly extending track life. Treadmill lubricant helps prepare the machine for storage. Without it, the belt could become brittle and break when the machine is restarted.

By lubricating your treadmill regularly you help to ensure the most comfortable workout possible. Above all, you protect both the running mat and the motor from premature wear and tear. Under normal use, you should lubricate the device every three months, or every 130 miles.

Not all treadmills require lubrication. Some, usually those in the higher price brackets, are equipped with treadmill belts made of materials that are self-lubricating.

How do I know when my treadmill needs to be lubricated

The basic rule to follow is that you should be able to touch your deck surface, under the walking belt and feel a slightly waxy or oily coat of lube on the deck. Check under the area where your feet contact the walking belt.

What should I use to lubricate my treadmill?

If you look at most treadmill manufacturers, they will recommend that you only use 100% silicone when lubricating your machine. The reason that silicone is preferred is that it lasts a long time and doesn't break down.

How often does my treadmill belt need to be replaced?

You should check your belt for signs of wear at least once every three months. To check for wear, run your hand along the belt's underside. If the belt feels worn and rough, you may need to replace it with a new one.

How much does a treadmill repair cost?

Service operators also offer diagnostic and repair services, giving owners the information they need to decide whether repairing a treadmill is worthwhile. In general, the cost for diagnosing a problem, including labor but not parts, ranges from $150 to $300.

Who can service my treadmill?

Gym Tech provides treadmill repair and regular maintenance to customers in need. Whether your treadmill is broken or your business is looking for trusted professionals to maintain your machines, we can help!

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