Treadmills offer many benefits but do they last long enough? Overall performance and lifespan depend largely on how much time you spend using your treadmill regularly. You should always consider proper maintenance if you’d like your treadmills to continue to last as long as possible. It is a good idea to replace parts that show signs of wear and use the right materials whenever possible.
Regular maintenance is the key to long service life
One part of your treadmill that needs to be replaced regularly is the motor. Since the motor is the biggest moving part, it is wise to purchase the best lubricant that you can afford. There are some great products out there that not only provide reliable lubrication but also extend the life of your treadmills. Brands such as AETC are renowned for their in-depth knowledge of what is best for your motor and the equipment in general.
Treadmills can operate at different paces depending on what type you have. There are four main categories – home, gym, commercial, and recreational. The fourth category is the most popular since it represents the widest range of products. Home treadmills range from the very basic models to those that boast motors with several horsepowers and even features that allow you to change the resistance level.
While new treadmills last a long time, they won’t last forever unless they receive regular maintenance. In general, the longer you use your treadmill, the more you need to service it. Service usually involves cleaning the running surfaces, changing belts, and replacing worn-out parts. The better maintained your machine is, the longer you will likely have to wait before it becomes outdated and must be replaced.
Cleaning isn’t just for pets
The first service that you should look into is the deck cleaning process. Although this may seem like a simple task, you would be surprised at how many people fail to clean their treadmills deck. It is recommended that you remove your machine from the wall, remove any belts and pulleys, and thoroughly vacuum the deck. In addition, lubricate all moving parts using a good quality product such as WD40 to prevent rust.
The service depends on the type
Next, we will discuss belt maintenance. Because there are numerous types of treadmills out there, you need to know which type is appropriate for your regular workouts. The three most common types are solid-state, semi-solid-state, and hybrid.
If you are unsure which type you have, a service professional can help you figure it out. In general, solid-state machines have less mechanical complexity, so they require less care and maintenance; however, they do not burn as many calories as semi-solid-state machines, and they are not as durable.
Hybrid treadmills can use both air and solid fuel, so they will burn more calories than the solid-state types. They also need lubrication to ensure proper operation. The last type of treadmill that we will discuss requires no oiling or lubrication of any kind. All you need to do is drain the water out and wipe down the machine using a dry towel.
Now that you understand why it is important to keep your treadmill clean, let us review the maintenance and care that you should provide for your machine. If you want to extend the life of your treadmill, you should perform these tasks regularly. If you have any questions, feel free to contact an authorized Proform dealer so that they can assist you in maintaining your fitness equipment properly.
The above information is specifically designed to provide you with guidance on maintaining your Proform treadmill for extended periods. In addition to the information contained here, we strongly recommend that you consult with your personal physician prior to starting any fitness program, as well as follow the recommendation of your doctor regarding the safety precautions related to your fitness equipment.