How to Extend the Life of Your Treadmill

Oct 18, 2019

Keeping your treadmill in tip top shape is extremely important. You made an investment when you purchased your treadmill, not just monetarily, but also an investment on your health. Protect that investment by taking the necessary precautions and care. By doing this you will extend the life of your treadmill and ensure you have a smooth and safe workout.

Extend the life of your treadmill with these 5 maintenance tips.

1. Check Tread-belt Tracking

The treadmill is designed so that the tread-belt remains reasonably centered while in use. It is normal for some belts to drift near one side while in use, depending on a user’s gait and if they favor one leg. But if during use the belt continues to move toward one side, adjustments are necessary. Adjusting the tread-belt is easy to do and can be done using the steps found in your treadmill's Owner Manual.

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The belt may require periodic tracking adjustment depending on use and walking/running characteristics. Some users may affect tracking differently. Adjustments will become less of a maintenance concern as the belt is used.

2. Perform General Cleaning

To keep your model looking new and operating at its highest performance once a month use a soft, damp cloth or paper towel to wipe your treadmill down and keep clean. Use water only - no cleaners or abrasives. Allow the belt to dry before using. Dirt, dust, and hair can block air inlets and accumulate on the running belt. Vacuuming underneath your treadmill on a monthly basis helps to prevent excess build-up of dirt that can get sucked up and get into the inner workings under the motor cover. Every other month, remove the motor cover and carefully vacuum out dirt and hair that may accumulate. It's important to remember to always unplug the power cord before performing any cleaning.

3. Make Any Necessary Belt Adjustments

Belt tension is not critical for some users, but it can be very important for joggers and runners in order to provide a smooth, steady running surface. Using the steps in your product's Owner Manual you can easily adjust the belt tension to ensure you're getting the best possible workout experience on your treadmill. Make sure to never overtighten your belt. This could cause damage to your treadmill.

4. Use Belt/Deck Lubrication Regularly

Using XTERRA Fitness Treadmill Lubricant reduces the friction between your treadmill belt and deck. This will also help reduce noise and breathe life back into unused treadmills. This is an important part of regular treadmill maintenance and should be done every 40 hours of use, or 3 months, whichever comes first. The steps to use Treadmill Lubricant can be found in your Owner's Manual.

5. Place Your Treadmill on a Treadmill Mat

Treadmill mats do more than protect your floors, they also protect your treadmill from damaging vibrations and debris. They prevent your machine from moving by providing a secure slip-free surface and will reduce noise while the treadmill is in use, making your workouts as enjoyable as possible. Get a Mat from XTERRA Fitness to protect your fitness equipment.

Don't forget to thoroughly read your Owner's Manual for more information on how to care for your treadmill. Proper care will help extend the life of your investment, but also keep you safe while using it. Have more questions about caring for your machine? Call our service line 870-336-4286. Our service technicians will assist you.