When purchasing a treadmill, many people don’t consider the importance of proper maintenance. All new owners of treadmill must be willing to take the time to maintain the equipment just as you would any other major investment. Treadmill owners must make a conscious effort to factor the maintence time into your schedule and consider this prior to purchase. Just like anything, if you are proactive in the maintenance of your treadmill, you will add years to the life of your investment.
Proper cleaning for the exterior of the treadmill is required due to sweat being highly corrosive. This exterior maintence can be accomplished by merely wiping down the unit after each and every workout. In addition, wiping down the belt and deck with a damp cloth will clean any debris that may effect the performance of the treadmill.
That being said, the most important component of the treadmill is the belt. The belt is what drives the motor and your workout. A malfunctioning belt can cause many problems within the internal workings of the machine.
There are really just a few rules to follow in maintaining and ensuring the longest life of your walking belt.
*The most crucial ingredient to adding years to your walking belt is adding supplemental lube when recommended (see your owner’s manual). Proper lubrication will extend the life of any treadmill walking belt considerably.
*Keep the treadmill clean, and evacuate any debris on or around the treadmill.
*Do not place your treadmill in any extreme conditions. Treadmills should always be in a climate controlled room away from sources of dust and dirt.
*Maintaining proper belt tension and tracking (belt should run parallel to the treadmill frame). This will maintain the belt in good working order.
*Keep your treadmill on a level surface. Some treadmills have level adjustments on the rear supports. A treadmill will not track properly if it is not on a level surface.
WHEN TO CHANGE A WALKING BELT
It is rarely too soon to change a walking belt, but it is often too late and then major damage may have occurred that cannot be undone without a wad of cash being spent.
Although the exterior or walking surface of the belt may not be esthetically pleasing this does not mean it is ready for replacement. It is the underneath side of the belt that is not visible that matters the most.
If your treadmill belt is torn, curled up or bare you are in need of a new belt.
A telltale sign of needing a new walking belt is usually noticed first when users are having problems with speed change at the beginning of a workout.
Another rule of thumb, a walking belt should almost always be changed every 2 to 3 years with regular use.
Many times, you can change a treadmill belt yourself to save additional money!
If you are uncomfortable with the idea, call a reputable treadmill repair company in your area.
While changing the belt you may notice that the deck of the treadmill has major wear (bare areas or ruts). Often, you can turn over a used deck (see owner’s manual) if you have a reversible deck. Cheaper treadmills typically only have a single sided deck.
If the treadmill deck is not reversible, you will need to purchase a replacement. You can visit us (treadmilldoctor.com) for a lower cost replacement deck. Make sure you have the make, model and serial number of your treadmill handy so that we may assist you quickly.
Hopefully the pointers listed above will greatly extend the life of your treadmill belt, wallet and your ability to utilize your treadmill to its fullest capacity.