We love home treadmills for the convenience they provide. They save us time traveling to and from the gym while allowing us to exercise whenever we have free time. We get all the exercise we need within the convenience of our own home, regardless of the weather outside. On the negative side, there is probably no gym employee in your home if something happens to go wrong. Fortunately, treadmill repair is easier than you may think. There are several easy steps you can take if your treadmill is not working perfectly. Here are solutions to three of the most common problems with home treadmills.
For basic treadmill repair in the United States, all you will need are work gloves, a Phillips head screwdriver, Allen wrenches, and a wrench set.
Treadmill Repair for When the Treadmill Does Not Go at the Right Speed
One frequently needed treadmill repair is with the motor controller. When you choose the speed on the treadmill’s control panel settings, there is a motor controller that tells the motor how fast or slow it should go. If the treadmill doesn’t seem to be moving at your chosen speed, a problem with the motor controller is the most likely cause.
Fortunately, the motor controller is easy to replace. Just follow these seven steps:
If you require more information on this particular treadmill repair, including close-up photos of the controller itself, read how to replace a treadmill motor controller.
When the Treadmill Motor is Not Working
A treadmill rotates when the motor turns the walking belt. If the motor stops working, the treadmill won't move. This kind of treadmill repair is not as easy as replacing the controller and it may sound intimidating, but it's still quite easy to do.
For detailed instructions, with clear photos, read how to replace a treadmill motor or follow these 12 steps:
When the Treadmill Feels Unstable
There are two main parts to a treadmill. The walking belt is the surface your feet touch as you run or walk on a treadmill. The walking board supports the walking belt which provides a smooth, stable surface.
If either the belt or the board becomes worn or warped over time, the belt can slow down or rub against the walking board. Normally, you can see if the board or the belt is the problem simply by looking at them. Fortunately, both are easy types of treadmill repair.
How to replace the walking belt
When you have finished, check the belt tracking. First, put the key in and start the treadmill. Set the speed to the slowest setting and let it run for minute or so. Use an Allen wrench to adjust the rear rollers to center the walking belt as needed.
If the belt is tracking to the left of center, turn the left roller adjustment screw clockwise half of a turn. If the belt is tracking to the right of center, turn the left roller adjustment screw counter clock-wise half of a turn.
Repeat until belt is tracking in the center.
If you would like more detailed instructions for replacing the walking belt, with clear photos, read how to replace a treadmill walking belt.
How to replace the walking board
When you have finished, check the belt tracking. Put the key in and start the treadmill. Set the speed to the slowest setting and let it run for a minute or two. If the belt is not tracking in the center, remove the key and unplug the power cord.
Use an Allen wrench to adjust the rear rollers as needed to center the walking belt. If the belt is tracking to the left, turn the left roller adjustment screw clockwise half of a turn. If the belt is tracking to the right, turn the left roller adjustment screw counter clock-wise half of a turn. Repeat until belt is tracking in the center.
After replacing either the walking belt or the walking board, you should lubricate the new parts. Spread the lubricant on the belt or board. Then, run the treadmill for several minutes on medium speed to disperse the lubricant evenly over the walking board. Walk on the belt for a few minutes to evenly spread the silicone lubricant across the walking board.
If you would like more detailed instructions for replacing the walking board, with clear photos, read how to replace a treadmill walking board.
As you can see, treadmill repair is easier than you may have thought. To prevent the need for frequent treadmill repair, here are some general maintenance tips to keep your treadmill running smoothly.
- Wipe down your treadmill after every use, especially if you have been sweating heavily
- Vacuum the area under and around the treadmill, especially if you have a pet or two
- Lubricate your treadmill at least once a year
- Make sure the walking belt is aligned and centered
- Install a treadmill mat underneath the machine