How to Properly Maintain Your Treadmill: Tips from the Treadmill Doctor

Treadmills are a great way to keep fit and healthy, but they do require regular maintenance to keep them in good working order. 

Whether you use your treadmill every day or only occasionally, proper maintenance is essential to ensure its longevity and performance. In this article, we'll provide you with tips from the treadmill doctor on how to properly maintain your treadmill.

Tip 1: Lubricate the Belt

  • The belt is the most important part of your treadmill, and it requires proper lubrication to function smoothly. Without adequate lubrication, the belt can become stiff, wear out quickly, and cause damage to the motor and other parts of the machine.

  •  Most treadmills come with a bottle of lubricant, which should be used every three to six months, depending on the frequency of use. You can also purchase lubricant online or from a local fitness equipment store.

  • To lubricate the belt, start by unplugging the machine from the power source and lifting the belt. Apply the lubricant to the center of the belt, making sure you cover the entire length. 

  • Use a clean cloth to spread the lubricant evenly, and avoid over-lubricating the belt, as it can cause the machine to slip.

  •  Once you've lubricated the belt, let it run for a few minutes at a slow speed to distribute the lubricant evenly.

Tip 2: Clean the Machine Regularly

  • Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the performance and longevity of your treadmill. Dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate on the machine's surfaces, affecting its functioning and causing foul odors. 

  • To clean the machine, start by unplugging it from the power source and using a dry cloth to wipe down the surfaces, including the console, handles, grips, and pedals. 

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove any dirt or debris from the crevices and corners of the machine. 

  • You can also use a cleaning solution to wipe down the surfaces, but make sure you avoid using abrasive cleaners or sprays that can damage the machine's electronics and sensors.

Tip 3: Check the Tension of the Belt

  • The tension of the belt is crucial to the performance of your treadmill. If the belt is too loose or too tight, it can cause the machine to slip or wear out quickly. 

  • To check the tension of the belt, start by unplugging the machine from the power source and lifting the belt. 

  • The tension should be just right – not too loose or too tight. If the belt is loose, tighten it using the tension adjustment screws at the back of the machine. If the belt is too tight, loosen it by turning the screws counterclockwise.

Tip 4: Inspect the Machine Regularly

  • Regular inspection is essential to identify any issues with the machine and address them promptly. Check the machine's components, including the belt, motor, rollers, and deck, for signs of wear and tear.

  •  Look for any cracks, cuts, or fraying on the belt, as well as any dents or scratches on the deck. Inspect the motor for any overheating, noise, or burning smells, which could indicate a problem. Check the rollers for any damage or signs of wear and make sure they turn smoothly.

  • If you notice any issues with the machine, address them promptly to avoid further damage.

Tip 5: Keep the Machine in a Dry Place

  • Moisture and humidity can damage the machine's electronics and sensors, so it's essential to keep your treadmill in a dry place. 

  • Avoid placing the machine in a damp basement or garage, as the moisture can cause rust, corrosion, and damage to the electronics. 

  • Keep the machine away from windows, vents, and air conditioning units that can cause fluctuations in temperature and humidity.