Preventive Maintenance: The Most Common Reasons Why a Treadmill Breaks Down
May, 03, 2022
Fitness Machine Technicians
You may not pay too much mind to exercise equipment that’s running smoothly. Whether you are overseeing a physical rehabilitation facility or running a local gym, you’ve got plenty on your plate, and the squeakiest wheels simply get the grease. However, our technicians know that staying on top of gym equipment preventive maintenance— namely, your treadmills — is crucial in getting the most out of your investment.
One day, you may have a treadmill not turning on, barely be able to keep up with the controls or grind to a halt when someone is using it. No scenario is good — and if you don’t know what to look for, each one can be puzzling. Here, we’ll go over the most common reasons why a treadmill breaks down — and how partnering with the right specialists can make all the difference between faulty and reliable equipment.
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Breaking a sweat and treadmills go hand-in-hand; however, while it may be a sign of a good workout, sweat stains on the treadmill can take a toll over time. Perspiration has acidic properties that can do a number on the belt of the treadmill. Dried sweat allows dirt, dust, and rust to take hold of moving and lubricated components.
If not cleaned up, sweat will also make the belt slippery and, therefore, more dangerous for a subsequent user. When someone’s more likely to have an accident on a treadmill, the higher the chances of a breakdown.
If you flip on the switch to a treadmill and nothing happens, your belt could be the culprit. A too-tight belt can cause enough tension that the motor cannot turn the belt. This is likely if you recently adjusted the belt tension due to slippage. Additionally, over time, a treadmill belt can shift to the right or left; if it shifts enough, it could cause the belt to stop moving altogether.
You may need to have the console wiring inspected if your belt doesn’t move. The console wire connects to the main wire that runs along the inside of the treadmill upright to the motor board. A pinched or twisted wire may be a cause of an apparent breakdown.
Another huge contributor to treadmill breakdowns comes from overuse; a treadmill in the back corner, perhaps not near a television, fan, or other fitness equipment will most likely have a longer lifespan than one that’s situated by high-traffic areas or surrounded by favorable amenities. It’s a wise idea to switch the equipment around every so often to prevent a handful of treadmills from bearing the brunt of your facility visitation.
Fitness Machine Technicians have experts who are trained to identify and fix potential problems with your equipment early on before they cause major damage or breakdowns. This can help to extend the lifespan of your machines by up to 50% and save you money on costly repairs down the road.
In addition to extending the lifespan of your equipment, treadmill repair and preventive maintenance can also help to improve safety and performance. Technicians can inspect for worn-out or damaged parts, and make any necessary repairs or replacements. They can also adjust and calibrate your machines to ensure that they are performing at their best and providing a safe and effective workout for your members.
Here are some specific examples of how preventive maintenance can benefit your gym or fitness center:
Reduced risk of injuries
When fitness equipment is properly maintained, it is less likely to break down or malfunction, which can help to reduce the risk of injuries to your members.
Improved member satisfaction
Members appreciate having access to well-maintained equipment. When your machines are in good working order, members are more likely to have a positive experience at your gym and keep coming back.
Preventive maintenance can help to reduce the amount of time that your fitness equipment is out of service due to breakdowns. This means that your members have more access to the equipment they need to reach their fitness goals.
Lower maintenance costs
Preventive maintenance can help to reduce the overall cost of maintaining your fitness equipment. By identifying and fixing problems early on, you can avoid the need for more expensive repairs down the road.
Hiring a preventive maintenance is a wise investment for any gym or fitness center. It can extend equipment lifespan, improve safety and performance, reduce injuries and breakdowns, increase member satisfaction, and save money in the long run.
If you are looking for a qualified service, Fitness Machine Technicians have your back! Find the FMT location closest to you and get in touch with us today!