Maintenance of electric treadmills | treadmill service | preventive maintenance | repair of treadmills.
In this article we talk about maintenance of electric treadmills. We will address the fundamental aspects of preventive maintenance of treadmills (weekly and monthly maintenance) and special maintenance, i.e. repair of treadmills.
We will analyze the best procedures for the maintenance of the various brands, such as Nordick Track, Weslo, Proform, Gold Gym, DKN, Tunturi, etc.
We will put a special focus on the maintenance of the Proform, Nordick Track and Weslo treadmills, which are more susceptible to problems due to poor or incorrect maintenance as they are usually built with 130V technology engines.
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Weekly treadmill maintenance
For safety reasons, before proceeding, make sure that the treadmill is switched off and disconnected from the power supply. Then proceed with the following steps:
- Remove dust, dirt or any traces of sweat from the visible parts with a damp cloth. Do not use detergents under the running belt. Do not throw water or allow moisture to flow between the edge of the display panel and the console.
- Touch the deck surface, under the running belt. The degree of lubrication of the running deck must be slightly greasy to the touch. If the surface is dry, proceed with lubrication of the treadmill. Some treadmills are self-lubricated, but this is very rare on household equipment.
- Verify that the running belt runs in the center at approximately equal distance from the footrests. If it touches or is very close to either side, you will need to center the treadmill belt;
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Monthly treadmill maintenance
For safety reasons, before proceeding, make sure that the treadmill is switched off and disconnected from the power supply. Obviously it is assumed that you have done the previous steps described in the weekly maintenance of the treadmill in the previous weeks, before proceeding to the monthly one.
- unscrew the side screws and lift the motor cover. Wait until all the red LEDs on the motor board are completely off;
- vacuum the motor of the treadmill, especially the area of the fan, that of the flywheel, and the area below.
- clean or vacuum the dirt that has accumulated during use. DO NOT use water inside the engine compartment and avoid touching the electronic components directly with the vacuum cleaner;
- inspect the drive belt to check that there is no excessive wear and that it is properly aligned;
- refit the motor hood without screwing it;
- now clean the running deck with a damp cloth that will slide between the deck and the belt of the treadmill. It is not recommended, but it is possible to use alcohol to clean well if needed;
- now lubricate the deck of the treadmill with a special silicone spray, we advise you to use only extra quality silicone spray (and not other preparations);
- verify that no slipping occurs during use. Start the treadmill at low speed, step on the belt, hold on to the handrails and try to block the belt by pointing your feet as if you were walking downhill in the mountains. If you stop the belt and the motor continues to turn, it means that something slips (the belt or the pulley). See the insights for more details;
- fix a couple of motor cover screws, plug the power back in, test the treadmill for 15-20 minutes in the mode you normally use (better if you can do 30-40 minutes). At the end, disconnect the current, raise the motor hood and be careful as some components will still be live, measure the temperature of the metal casing of the treadmill motor. It must not exceed 45 ° C. If it goes further, the treadmill has a “fever” and you have to take action because this situation could lead to breakdowns. Contact us or contact a specialized technician. Alternatively, you can replace the belt with a low-friction one and this generally solves over 90% of the problems;
- finally check the components of the treadmill structure to verify that the mounting screws are not loosened, and if necessary tighten them. Also tighten up all the screws holding the motor cover. Remember that the wheels should not be locked, as they must have play to move freely.
Insights on monthly treadmill maintenance:
- A low friction belt (low coefficient of friction) reduces the energy consumption of the treadmill up to 75%
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