IF you haven't already purchase a treadmill mat to go under your treadmill then I would strongly suggest you go out and purchase on today because despite what you think, a treadmill mat isn't as much for protecting your floor as for protecting your treadmill. A treadmill motor builds up huge static charge as you work out. Becuase of this the charge will suck dust, lint and debris into your motor, causing it to clog and run inefficiently. The more gunk in your motor the worse it will run and the shorter its lifespan will be. Sliding a nice treadmill mat underneath your equipment will help reduce that static and the amount of stuff getting sucked up in it. As a bonus, you'll also be protecting your floor and carpet.
Sticking with dust and dirt, make sure to dust/clean and vacuum your treadmill once a fortnight. Take special care with the belt area as any build up should be cleaned off right away or you'll risk reduced performance.
I know it's going to sound obvious, (however it is very common) make sure to keep your power cord well away from the base of the unit and the incline motor.
If you find your belt slipping, it may be because the belt tracking is off. You can adjust your tracking the same way you make sure the belt is properly aligned, with the alignment screws at the rear of your treadmill. An allen key is all you need. A quick quarter clockwise turn should tighten everything back up. Make sure never to turn either side more than a quarter turn at any given time because you the adjustments levels are very fine. Keeping your belt aligned will reduce the load on you treadbelt and belt guides. Check out your owner's manual for more information or call into your local Elite Fitness store and speak to one of our treadmill experts.
A lot of times the cause of misalignment on a treadmill belt is from the unit not being level. Make sure to get your treadmill level.
If your manual recommends the use of a silicone spray for lubrication, make sure to precisely follow application and scheduling instructions. "ONLY USE" TREADMILL Silicone Spray, do not use WD40 or any other type of silicone spray you think will work because it won't!
"A clean, dry, dust-free bed and belt combination is ideal for a long-lasting treadmill."
One of the main problems on most treadmills (home and commercial) is in the control board. As with any computer, the treadmill's control board is subject to power surges, improper grounding and so on. The best way to protect your treadmill's computer brain is to unplug it when not in use and use a grounded plug when powered on.
Read your user's manual. Yes I know..."who really reads those darn things?" Well, you should. Just about everything you need to know will be found in that little book that came with your treadmill. Pop it open while you're in the bathroom for a good read.
Last but not least, if you are having trouble with your treadmill and need it fixed...then call the Treadmill Expertsi! That's what we do! (Ok, so it's a shameless plug...).
Follow these 9 simple steps and you'll be able to take care of your treadmill so it can continue to help take care of you for years to come