Preventative Maintenance for Treadmills
The goal of routine preventive maintenance is to keep your home treadmill functioning at its optimal performance. Our equipment experts at Gym Source want you to USE the home gym equipment you purchase, and when you regularly workout on equipment – it wears down. So, we put together a list of tips you can use to keep your treadmill operating most efficiently.
Preventative Maintenance Checklist Includes:
- As needed – schedule an appointment
Just like cars have scheduled maintenance suggestions and require predictable oil changes, treadmills have specific upkeep recommendations as well. Luckily, the time you need to spend is minimal to keep your fitness equipment operating at its best.
Precor – a brand known as a premium fitness equipment manufacturer – recommends specific preventive maintenance activities weekly, monthly, quarterly and semi-annually to extend the lift of your treadmill, reduce risk, and provide the optimum running experience, including:
Clean all surfaces. A dry towel works best to clean the running belt and deck, while a damp lint free cloth works great on the touch screen. While you’re at it ensure the safety lanyard is still connected properly, the power cord is not damaged, and the treadmill is sitting level on the floor. It’s also ideal to unplug the treadmill from the wall, plug it back in and ensure the treadmill still turns on and off.
Use a damp towel to clean the treadmill’s running belt and a small wire brush to clean the drive belt and pulley. Visually inspect the running deck and belt to make sure they are in good condition. Check all nuts, bolts, and other fasteners and tighten accordingly. Check all bushings, fittings and weldments where required. Check all wires, cables and contact points where required. Vacuum the floor underneath the treadmill to ensure no foreign objects impair the traction or stability of the treadmill.
Check the tension, tracking and alignment of the running belt and drive belt. Check the front and rear rollers. Remove the hood and vacuum the compartment and motor controller fan to remove any dust or foreign objects. Record the odometer reading and check the owner’s manual for any suggested product specific maintenance at certain mileage.
Lubricate the deck surface according to manufacturer’s specs. Check and calibrate if necessary. Check the owner’s manual for any suggested product specific maintenance at certain mileage.
Remember – Preventative maintenance is important because proper maintenance of fitness equipment will ensure a safer workout and maximize the life of the fitness equipment. Which, in turn, creates a higher ROI on both your treadmill purchase and your time spent breaking a sweat.
Need service on your treadmill or any other fitness equipment? Contact our service department to schedule an appointment at 1-800-GYM-FIX or connect with an equipment expert at your local Gym Source showroom to discuss additional tips to keep your treadmill operating like new.