It can be hard to tell when your treadmill needs to be replaced if it still works. However, if you push a worn-out treadmill too much, it can break down while you are exercising and injure you.
To help you recognize when you need to replace your treadmill, there are six signs that you can look for on your machine.
1. Treadmill Frame Is Damaged Or Shaky
The treadmill frame can be damaged over time, depending on how often it is moved, if there are other pieces of workout equipment which strikes the treadmill frame, or due to high-usage. These things can leave your treadmill frame damaged and in need of replacement.
Better treadmill warranties like ones from NordicTrack, ProForm, and SOLE will generally cover the frame of the treadmill for its lifetime. However, if you bought your treadmill from a third-party, you likely do not have the comfort of a warranty and should replace the treadmill before a key point on the treadmill breaks.
2. You’ve Owned The Treadmill For Over Seven Years
If a treadmill is used regularly for seven or more years, it may have become too worn down to function properly. Cheap treadmills under $500 will likely wear out before this point, while treadmills over $1,500 can easily last 10+ years if well taken care of during those years.
3. The Warranty Period Is Over, And Parts Are Damaged
Treadmills will generally come with a warranty that has multiple lengths for the various parts. For instance, the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 warranty includes:
- Lifetime frame and motor coverage
- 5-year electronics and parts warranty
- 2-year labor coverage
If there is serious damage to the electronics or parts and it’s beyond the warranty period, then purchasing a new treadmill may be safer than trying to jerry-rig parts.
4. Treadmill Motor Makes A Weird Sound
The motor in your treadmill should make very little noise while operating and should maintain an even noise output. Treadmill motors that make high-pitched sounds or irregular noises are not operating correctly, and you should stop using the machine immediately.
Cleaning around the treadmill motor regularly can help keep dirt and debris from clogging your motor. Also, check to see if your treadmill manufacturer offers lifetime motor coverage.
5. Console Electronics Are Not Responding
When your treadmill console electronics are acting up or not responding, we do not recommend that you keep trying to use your treadmill. Malfunctioning electronics can indicate a dangerous short in your treadmill’s electrical connection, which can electrocute you or cause an electrical fire.
6. The Treadmill No Longer Meets Your Needs
Perhaps when you first bought your treadmill, it met your exercise needs. Yet, as you have improved, your treadmill has not been able to keep up with your needs.
This gap happens most often when people choose a cheap treadmill. But you don’t have to stick with a cheap treadmill to save money. By using a 2018 NordicTrack promotion code, you can save on a top-quality NordicTrack treadmill and replace your worn out treadmill.