How Long Do Treadmills Last? Find Out Here

Published by Kieran
Last Updated on November 3, 2021

When you are in the market for a treadmill, there are many things to consider: cost, space, and features. One question that may not have crossed your mind is "How long do treadmills last?"

Sure, any treadmill will be a worthwhile investment, but why put money into a machine that is going to break down after just a couple years of use?

You may be surprised to learn that the average life expectancy of a treadmill is between five and ten years, which means that you are likely to get your money's worth from any model you choose.

There are many different types of treadmills on the market, and that means there are many different ways they can wear out. Let’s examine two of the most common treadmill types—mechanical and electronic.

Bright, shiny, and brand-spanking new, a new mechanical-engine treadmill will get you through the first few years of your healthy lifestyle with little maintenance other than using a cleaning spray every few months and keeping the running surface clear of hair and dust and using a brushing tool as needed.

But as with any machine, the parts will wear out over time. You may begin to hear noises or notice that the belt is not running smoothly.

When should I replace my treadmill?

Some treadmills are designed to last forever, while others are rendered obsolete in a matter of years. Each machine is different and has different components, so it's important to know what to look for before you buy—and what kind of lifespan to expect from your new purchase.

When deciding on an exercise equipment, the first thing you should think about is how much space you have in your home to store the equipment. If you have a lot of space, you can consider investing in commercial grade equipment.

Commercial machines are built to withstand the daily wear and tear that comes from frequent use. Many of them are also designed to fold up in order to save space.

The lifespan of a treadmill depends on how well you take care of it. But how well is that? You can tell when it’s time to replace your treadmill by how often you use it, how many repairs it’s had, and how well it’s been cared for.  

If you’ve had your treadmill for eight years and it’s starting to make a lot of noise, it’s time to replace it. Other signs include broken speedometers and incline controls, and cracked or warped running decks.

It's a common understanding that treadmills are expensive pieces of equipment, and that using treadmills helps you burn more calories than running outside or running on a track.

However, treadmills also need regular maintenance and a replacement cycle, just like any other machine.

Do treadmills need maintenance?

As you may know, the treadmill is a popular gym machine. People use treadmills for walking, running, and other aerobic exercise.

But the treadmill is a complicated piece of equipment. Users expect to step onto a treadmill and get a workout.

Unfortunately, all too often, that isn’t the case. Most treadmills are very reliable. However, certain problems can occur that cause a treadmill to stop working.

We are often asked if treadmills need to be maintained, and the answer is yes. The treadmills require regular maintenance to help the machine run at its optimal level.

You might be thinking that you can do without regular maintenance. However, this is not true. If you do not maintain the treadmill, you will not be able to use it for a long time.

The treadmill is the perfect tool for keeping the body healthy and fit. But if you do not maintain it, you will not be able to use it for a long time.

Check this three easy ways to maintain your treadmill at home.

  • Lube your treadmill - Most treadmill will require that you use a 100 percent silicon to lobe your down belt. Lubricating your treadmill belt will help to make sure that the belt is moving smoothly whenever you’re running on it. Before you begin lubricating, make sure your treadmill is off 
  • Center your belt - Your belt must be realigned after some use. The treadmill belt migrates naturally whether it’s from how your foot strikes the deck or stretching over time.
  • Clean under your motor cover - If your treadmill has an open back or an open floor, chances are your motor cover will eventually get clogged up with dust, hair and debris. Never cleaning under the motor cover is like never taking your car for an oil change – your equipment probably is not going to last very long if you don’t do it.

Are treadmills hard to repair?

Treadmills are one of the most popular and versatile pieces of equipment for home fitness. It's not surprising that they are, considering all the different things you can do on one: walk, jog, run, sprint, hop, skip and even use them for strength training by adding dumbbells and weight plates.

But though treadmills are incredibly versatile, they can't do everything. For example, they can't climb stairs or hills, and you can't use them for bicycling or other activities that involve the upper body as a primary muscle group.

So, what do you do when your treadmill breaks and you can't find someone to repair it? No matter how easy other fitness equipment may be to repair, treadmills are always going to require more know-how.

As a result, most of the parts in a treadmill are more expensive than those of other machines, and most customers who need treadmill repair or maintenance are going to need to find a repair service or a treadmill repair shop.

If you have a broken treadmill, the first step is to check the power cord for any signs of damage, such as fraying or burning. If you notice any of these signs, immediately turn off the treadmill and unplug it.

Ask five different treadmill repair experts and you'll get five different answers. And that's without even accounting for the fact that each model is different.

Treadmill repair technicians have access to diagrams and service manuals for each machine, but they may vary based on model and age.

Taking care of your treadmill

If you just bought a new treadmill or you are thinking of buying one, it is important to take care of it. For starters, there are a couple of things you will need to do before using it the first time.

First, you should always unpack your new treadmill in a well-lit area. You should also remove all the plastic and cardboard that is used to protect the machine during shipping.

Additionally, you may want to inspect the treadmill before you use it to make sure there is no damage. In most cases, there shouldn't be, but exercise caution.

Taking care of your treadmill doesn't just extend its life; it can also help you avoid injuries and get the most from your workout. The following steps will help you get the most out of your treadmill, and stay safe while you use it.

  • As soon as you've finished your workout, wipe off your treadmill with a cloth. This will remove sweat, as well as dust and other debris that could cause problems later on.
  • Regularly check the bolts, screws, and other parts of the machine. Tighten any you find that have loosened, and replace any that are worn or damaged.
  • If your treadmill has a fan, check that it is working properly. Dust can clog the motor, which can not only damage
About the author
Published by Kieran
A star athlete during his school days, Kieran quickly excelled at sports and in particular; football. Kieran's true passion lies in home exercise equipment, and so was was built as a source for all of Kieran's thoughts to be put down on a medium. Here he guides you through various nuances of working out at home, tips, guides, reviews and more.The only other thing Kieran enjoys more than working out, is writing about it.
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