If a treadmill breaks down, there are a number of options one can turn to before calling a repair technician. Preventative maintenance is the best way to save the time and money that can be lost in the repair process. If the worst happens, however, there are a handful of important tips for doing treadmill repair.
Some key items required for treadmill maintenance and repair are sockets, Allen wrenches, and screwdrivers, along with cleaning rags and a vacuum cleaner. Owners should keep the area around the treadmill swept and cleaned free of dust. Dust getting under the treadmill can clutter up the momentum of the belt and overall performance of the machine. A clean area also keeps the grease fresh for motor rotation and prevents overheating.
Common problems requiring treadmill repair include a poor power supply and elevation system breakdown; the belts are the sources of many problems, including an off-center walking belt, loose driver belt, or grinding noise on the belt. Owners should make sure to check the motor and chains in the elevation cables and remove any crud from the gears.
If the treadmill is in need of repairs, the first step is to unplug the machine from any power source before servicing it. The first component of treadmill repair is to examine the motor, which can be found by removing the hood off the motor. If the motor is making excessive or strange noises, it is likely in need of a cleaning.
The next step is to examine the walking belt for damage and wear — cuts and nicks in the walking belt can get caught while the machine is in motion and require treadmill repair. One can examine the belt by raising it up so the underbelly is visible. Once this side of the belt is visible, the owner can take a cloth and wipe down the belt. It is also important to lubricate this part of the deck every six or seven months. Afterward, it's a good idea to tighten and realign the walking belt to the middle of the machine to avoid contact with the edges of the treadmill.
Some treadmills are driven by chains, which can get cluttered with excess dust and slow down the belt. Applying grease can solve those problems. This effect is similar to a bicycle chain of gears. Major hardware stores and larger sporting good outlets carry these lubricants.
Once adjustments have been made, the last step is to turn on the treadmill and try to walk slowly while eventually building to a medium-paced walk. If there is any slipping on the walking belt, it will be necessary to tighten its ends with a screwdriver. After using the treadmill, it is key to wipe down the machine. Perspiration can wear down its inner workings. Vacuuming underneath the treadmill will also prevent deterioration and repetitive treadmill repair.