Treadmills are common fitness equipments. People use them for running and walking. They are mostly used in gyms or at home. If you own a treadmill, you need to handle it carefully. A treadmill has various parts and they all can get damaged from time to time. You should know how to repair few simple things. That way you will be able to fix the problem yourself, at home.
Given below are some common problems that treadmill owners face:
The treadmill is alright but it stops working the moment you put your step on it. This is a common problem which can affect your exercising sessions. You must know how to fix this problem and make your treadmill run again.
The commonest cause behind this problem is an old and damaged belt. In case you are having this problem with the new machine, you need to consult the manufacturer. Your machine will be repaired immediately if it is under the warranty period. But you need to replace the belt if it has been there for a long period of time. So how do you go about replacing the belt?
You can read all that from the instruction manual and follow the steps accordingly. However if you find it difficult to understand, here is what you need to do; in short: the treadmill needs to be unplugged first. You can spot a hood present on the treadmill. Remove it with the help of a screwdriver. Next, you need to loosen up the belt. Once you have done that, you can easily remove it. Now take the new belt and put it in the same way as you have removed the old one. But you need to go in the reverse direction for putting the new belt.
The next common problem that is commonly seen in treadmills is that it works fine but it between in keeps on changing its speed. The treadmill works in its own way and this may cause trouble for the one who is using it. Injuries are quite common with such treadmills.
This problem is commonly seen with those treadmills which are not cleaned properly. The dirt accumulated over the speed sensors and this leads to speed jumps. You need to clean your treadmill thoroughly in such a case. The various parts of the machine need to be cleaned and polished.
You must clean the machine regularly. This will help you in the long run and the machine will last for a number of years. You can dust the electronics regularly and also open the belt and clean all the parts. Belt cleaners and lubricants are available in the market and you can use them to make the run even smoother.
The treadmill may give off burning smell sometimes. To solve this problem, you should first turn of the machine. Don’t turn it on again. The smell is due to some part rubbing against another part. You must stop using the machine at once because the more you’ll use it, the more damage it will have. Open the belt and do some adjusting with the belt. This usually solves the problem. Cheap treadmills often destroy themselves and so you must always buy a good quality treadmill.
The problem can also be with your motor. In such a case, you can replace the old motor by a new one. Follow the instructions given in the instruction manual and you can easily replace it.
You can very easily fix most of the problems yourself if you know your machine well. You must clean it regularly. A treadmill will last its full life time only when it is taken care of. Also, never misplace your instruction manual. It is your life line as far as repairing the treadmill goes.