Treadmill Maintenance Tips

Given the cold weather and New Year resolutions, foot traffic is about to increase in your facilities and on your equipment. Just like a car, a treadmill also has motors, electronics, bearing and belts. For this reason, treadmills require a call to action in regards to preventative maintenance. The more you invest in maintenance now, the more you will save later and will less likely have to deal with equipment breaking down and complaints.

Here are a few methods to help keep your treadmill healthy:

1. Keep the area clear of dirt and dust. Heat is the number one killer for treadmills! When dust builds up on the lower electronics board and motors, it acts as an insulator preventing the cooling process.

2. Remove the motor cover and vacuum under the hood (make sure you unplug the treadmill first and do not touch any of the components inside). The most ideal way to remove dust from a motor and electronics board is using an air duster (can of compressed air). You can find these at any local electronics store.

3. Make sure users are wearing indoor shoes only! Otherwise, salt, gravel and snow will transfer onto the treadmills through their outdoor shoes. I’m always amazed that many facilities do not enforce this rule.
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4. Make sure your equipment wipes and cleaning materials are strategically and conveniently located near the cardio equipment. If not, don’t be surprised if NOBODY wipes down the equipment. Sweat and salt erode, thus shortening the life span of a treadmill.

5. Make sure the walking belt is tightened and lubricated if applicable. By the way, most companies market that the belt and deck are maintenance free but in reality, service technicians with many years of experience lubricate belts regardless!

If the running belt is too far to the right side:

• Locate the belt adjustment bolts in the rear end caps of the treadmill. (To determine left and right, stand at the rear of the treadmill and face the display).
• Using the appropriate size Allen wrench or socket turn the RIGHT adjustment bolt clockwise ¼ turn.
• Turn the treadmill on and start the belt at 3mph keeping off the unit.
• Allow 2 minutes for the belt to adjust itself.
• Repeat the above steps if additional adjustment is necessary.

If the running belt is too far to the left side:

• Locate the belt adjustment bolts in the rear end caps of the treadmill. (To determine left and right, stand at the rear of the treadmill and face the display).
• Using the appropriate size Allen wrench or socket turn the LEFT adjustment bolt clockwise ¼ turn.
• Turn the treadmill on and start the belt at 3mph keeping off the unit.
• Allow 2 minutes for the belt to adjust itself.
• Repeat the above steps if additional adjustment is necessary.

TENSIONING THE RUNNING BELT:

• Locate the belt adjustment bolts in the rear end caps of the treadmill.
• Using the appropriate size Allen wrench or socket turn BOTH adjustment bolts clockwise ¼ turn.
• Turn the treadmill on and start the belt and check if the slipping continues. Repeat the above steps if additional adjustment is necessary.

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Steve Lynch

Steve Lynch, the commercial sales manager at The Treadmill Factory, began selling exercise equipment in 1998 and has sold over $10 million of equipment in the Canadian market. He feels his best when surrounded by motivated entrepreneurs, aspiring athletes and trainers.