When you use a treadmill on a daily basis, it will be naturally prone to wear and damage. The deck is the part of the treadmill, which is most exposed to contact, making it more prone to wear and tear. This is why it is important for you to regularly check for wear and tear on the deck. And, in this article, we share information that will help you in identifying when the deck needs to be replaced.
How Do I Know If My Treadmill Deck Is Bad?
The deck is one of the most important elements of your treadmill. You have to maintain it properly to get the most out of it. The first step towards maintaining your treadmill deck is identifying its conditions. Following are some signs that determine that your treadmill deck is in bad condition include:
- There are curls around the edges.
- The treadmill works slowly.
- There are visible grooves on the treadmill deck.
- The deck looks worn out.
How To Troubleshoot My Treadmill Deck
Following are the steps you must follow to inspect the condition of your treadmill deck:
Step 1: Conduct A Visual Examination
Loosen up your treadmill belt in order to visually examine and feel the surface of the deck both internally and externally. Make sure you use the screwdriver that is specially defined to work with the tension roller bolt, which is located at the far end of your treadmill. Turn the screwdriver clockwise and loosen up the bolts. It should be loose enough for your hands to comfortably slide inside and identify wear and tear under the deck.
Step 2: Look For Any Wear And Tear
Put your hand inside the treadmill belt, and feel both sides. You have to look for signs that show any wear and tear. If the belt is excessively smooth in the areas where you walk, then it is time to replace it. Additionally, look for any snags, cuts, fraying, or any other kind of deformation. These signs indicate that the quality of your belt is compromised, and it may need to be replaced.
Step 3: Check The Seam
The seam is an element that connects the belt to the treadmill and is generally attached diagonally. If the seams are worn out, then you should immediately be replaced. Worn out seamless can rip apart and result in serious injuries.
Step 4: Inspect The Underside
Check the top as well as the underside of the belt for any sign of darkened color streaks over it. This is a sign of excessive wear and indicates that it is time to replace your treadmill deck.
How To Replace Treadmill Decks?
If you find your treadmill deck to be in bad condition, then it should be replaced immediately, or else there might be safety repercussions. For replacing your treadmill deck, follow the below instructions –
Step 1: Shut Down The Electricity And Remove The Hood
The first step is to unplug the power of the treadmill from the outlet and remove the key. Moreover, you should also remove the screws together with the motor hood and the belly pan. Remove the treadmill frame by pulling the motor hood forward.
Step 2: Remove the Foot Rail
Fold your treadmill in order to engage the latch. Remove the screw attached under the walking board that secures the side foot rail to the walking platform. Unfold the treadmill after you have released the latch. Thereafter, lift the right foot rail off the ground.
Step 3: Remove The Walking Belt
Using the screwdriver, turn the Allen screw to the right side in order to release the walking belt. Lift up the roller from the back and out of the mounting bracket. Thereafter screw out the roller adjustment screw and nut from the front.
Lift the front roller up to take out the mounting bracket. Fold your treadmill in order to engage the latch. Remove the screw that secures the right side of the walking board (both front and back) to the frame. Release the latch prior to unfolding the treadmill.
Step 4: Secure the New Walking Belt
By lifting up the right side of the walking board, slide in the new walking belt over the belt rollers and walking board. Fold up the treadmill to engage the latch. Reinstall the front and rear mounting screws in order to fasten the platform and the frame together.
Once done, unfold the treadmill by releasing the latch. Place the front roller within the mounting bracket and install the mounting nuts and screws back in the original position.
Furthermore, position the back roller adjustment screw together with the washer against the outer side of the roller-mounting bracket. Rotate the treadmill’s adjustment screw to apply adequate tension to the deck. Once a proper level is achieved, you should be able to lift the edge of the deck to 2-3 inches.
Step 5: Reinstall Various Elements
Reinstall the mounting screws and right side foot rail. Additionally, slide the motor hood to the frame and reinstall the motor hood mounting screws.
Step 6: Checking The New Deck
Start the treadmill on the slowest speed setting and allow it to run for around a minute. In case you find the belt is not tracking at the center, use a treadmill wrench to adjust the back roller to center the belt. Once everything is adjusted, plug the treadmill and check the tracking.
Step 7: Lubricating the Deck
Power off the treadmill, gently lift the sides of the deck and apply silicone lubricant to the walking board in an even manner. Power on the treadmill and let it run for several minutes so that the lubricant is spread across them evenly.
How To Lubricate Treadmill Belt?
Lubricating the treadmill deck allows it to run smoothly for a long time. There are many reasons why treadmills need proper and timely lubrication, including:
- It reduces the friction created between the deck and the motor, thereby increasing the life of the treadmill.
- If the belts are not properly lubricated, they become brittle and rips when restarted.
Treadmills need frequent lubrication to ensure they run smoothly. It is recommended to lubricate the treadmill deck every three months or after using it for 40 hours. If you are living in warm environments, then you might need to lubricate more often as the oil will evaporate faster.
Here are the steps to properly lubricate the treadmill deck:
- Ensure to power off the treadmill and unplug the cord from the outlet.
- Gently lift the edge of the belt using a treadmill wrench. If it is too tight, you may have to lose the rollers first and then add the lubrication.
- You need to make sure that there is an even layer of lubricant throughout the deck. It is recommended to use a lubricant that comes with an applicator. You can also use spray lubricants to easily lubricate the treadmill deck. Make sure the lubricant reaches the center.
How Long Does A Treadmill Deck Last?
The life of the treadmill deck depends on its kind. Typically a single-ply treadmill belt will give performance anywhere between 300 and 500 hours depending on how you maintain it. This would come around 3 to 5 years of use. On the other hand, a two-play treadmill deck has more longevity and would last you around 5 to 10 years.
How Much Does It Cost To Replace a Treadmill Deck?
Buying a new treadmill deck would cost around $200 to $300 dollar. And if you are hiring someone else to do the replacement would then you should add the repair charges that can come around $100 to $200.
How Many Years Does A Treadmill Last?
Depending on the manufacturer, a treadmill can last anywhere between seven to 12 years. But with proper care and maintenance, you can exceed the years.