About treadmill spare parts

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If you own a treadmill, you may find you have a need for spare parts. Depending on the age of your treadmill and the size and expense of the repair, evaluate whether the purchase of a spare part is worth the cost compared to replacing the machine itself. Be sure to check the number of the part you're replacing against the part you're ordering to be certain that you've got the right spare.

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Function

Spare treadmill parts help operate your treadmill. Though not all parts are inexpensive, almost all can be purchased for replacement. Generally, the treadmill belt is the first item to go if you are a regular user of your treadmill.

Types

Treadmill spare parts cover the complete operation of your treadmill. You can purchase a treadmill belt, motor, power board that distributes power throughout the machine, motor drive belt, safety equipment (the emergency turn-off key), rollers, electrical parts and incline motors.

Warning

There are two key things to remember when purchasing spare parts. First, evaluate your warranty. Some moving parts are covered by a limited warranty of up to three years, so your manufacturer should cover the cost of the part, if not the labour to install it. And remember that using parts that are not of the same brand as the machine may void your warranty altogether. Next, check the cost. Some parts, such as engines or motors, are prohibitively expensive. As a result, it is cheaper in some cases to buy a new treadmill rather than try to fix one that is malfunctioning.

Potential

Do a brief, at home evaluation of your treadmill. Unplug the treadmill first and remove the cover that protects the control units, typically found in the front of the belt. See if there's an obvious issue, such as a loose wire or corroded connection. Then check your owner's manual for other self-tests that can isolate the problem. Some issues, such as treadmill walking belt wear, are reasonably obvious. But other issues are much more subtle. There are resources on the Internet that can help identify most issues to help evaluate whether a fix is worth making (see Resources below), especially if you can't find the owner's manual.

Time Frame

Factor in an afternoon of troubleshooting and then a few days for the part to arrive. If you're installing the part yourself, the installation may take up to a full day. If you're using a professional, the repair may be completed in just a few hours, and the pro may bring the parts with her.

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