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Common Elliptical Problems You Should Be Aware of

Ellipticals are a staple of any modern-day fitness establishment. While these cardio machines offer myriad benefits, if you oversee a property home to one or several ellipticals, it’s crucial to remember that they are complex pieces of machinery and subject to particular problems. Our specialists have put together this guide on some of the most common issues you should be aware of, troubleshooting tips, and when you should get in touch with elliptical repair professionals.

The Console Is Dim or Stopped Working Altogether

A defective console can be quite inconvenient for gym-goers; after all, it compromises their ability to keep track of their progress — including heart rate, time, calories burned, etc. — during each workout. While you may initially believe that you have no choice but to replace the entire machine, that’s not necessarily the case! Begin by removing the bolts or screws that hold the console against the elliptical frame. Once removed, lift the console and ensure cables are secure to the console itself. You may find a simple fix is replacing the batteries. However, if this does not fix the issue, the console may need to be replaced altogether. In that case, it’s imperative to get in touch with technicians with the equipment and experience to swiftly and correctly replace the console.

Squeaking Noises

Another common elliptical trainer problem is unfamiliar noises — squeaking in particular. While it’s crucial to consult the owner’s manual, this doesn’t mean it’s destined for the curb — it could signify your elliptical may need to be maintained and cleaned more often. Most likely, your elliptical hasn’t been lubricated enough on the pivot points. When you get in touch with a repair and maintenance professional, they’ll remove screws and covers around the pivot points as well as pedals and handlebars. Then, they will adequately lubricate pivot points on your elliptical. If this doesn’t solve the problem, they may recommend replacing the drive belt. 

The Elliptical Doesn’t Feel Stable

If visitors feel unstable on an elliptical, they could find themselves in an unsafe situation. First off, it’s important to remember that instability may be a byproduct of purchasing a second-hand or otherwise non-reputable product. While an “affordable” route may be easier on your wallet, it’s not recommended if you’re seeking a good return on investment with your cardio equipment. However, if your elliptical is in relatively good condition, there are a few things you can consider to address the issue:

  • Ensure the elliptical is on a stable, leveled surface. If an elliptical is on carpet, for example, the movement from using the machine will cause it to sway. A thick rubber mat atop a wood floor is an excellent option to provide stability while protecting your floor.
  • Check all bolts within the frame of your elliptical. If your machine was not assembled correctly, the bolts might not have been tightened properly. The bolts within the frame may have come loose from consistent use over time.

Elliptical machines are incredible feats of engineering for everything from state-of-the-art fitness centers to home gyms. However, when things go awry, it’s critical to turn to technicians that have seen — and solved — it all. For more information about our comprehensive elliptical solutions — including everything from Matrix elliptical belt replacement to Life Fitness elliptical disassembly and beyond — get in touch with our specialists today!


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