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Why Is My Treadmill So Noisy? Here's Our Answer!

Published by Kieran
Last Updated on November 3, 2021

Most people do not realize the power of the treadmill until they are the victim of a noisy machine. There are several reasons for the auditory pollution a treadmill creates.

The motor is typically located in the back of the machine, not in the front as in a treadmill desk, so it’s loud and the sound is amplified.

The belt drive is the source of most noise, so the belt hums or buzzes loudly as it winds around the body; and vibrations create noise when the belt is hitting the body, thereby creating unwanted noise.

The treadmill is an essential piece of equipment for any health-oriented gym. However, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that it's a piece of equipment that should remain silent and without any sort of noise.

What they don't know is that the faster you walk  or run on the treadmill, the louder the noise produced by the machine.

The noise comes in so loud that before you even realize it, you're already out of breath. While you could always move to a treadmill with a quieter motor, you'll have to deal with the bad noise in the meantime.

Fortunately, there are two ways to get around this: you can switch to a treadmill with a quieter motor, or you can simply wear earplugs.

Treadmill noise and where it came from?

Running a few miles along a treadmill can be a lonely activity, as it allows for only one's thoughts and no social contact.

So, when you are on the treadmill, you might hear a rushing sound coming from behind you, but you never really knew where it came from. What if there is a source that was not obvious or even possible?

Not surprisingly, the treadmill is the No. 1 cause of noise complaints. When you're running on a treadmill, it's a given that you'll produce a certain amount of noise.

But when you put the treadmill inside a gym, the noise gets amplified. However, the noise is not just annoying .

The noise can also be dangerous. According to one study, the noise from a treadmill can lead to a loss of focus and concentration and decrease motivation.

Treadmill noise from belt

After putting on your new running shoes and walking on your treadmill, you can feel the noise of the belt in your gums, your teeth and your jaw.

This is a normal thing and you can ignore it normally, but if it bothers you, read on. The noise is caused by the sound of the belt, it’s the sound of the belt hitting the treadmill rollers and the sound of the rollers hitting the wheels of the treadmill.

The belt is centered on the treadmill and moves in-front of the treadmill, but when the belt sits on the track, it tries to move in the same center, but can't because the belt has a plastic pin installed in the center of the belt to keep the belt from popping out of place.

This plastic pin was too wide, and the belt was actually hitting the pin and making noise.

Roller noise

The treadmill roller noise is very annoying. It is a type of sound that is generated when the roller of a treadmill starts to move.  This sound plays when the user is running on the treadmill.

Most of the times, this is caused by the rubber rollers or belts. When a treadmill gets old it can start making noise, which can be due to the rollers, belts or even the motor.

If you find this happening, your treadmill should be inspected by a professional.

Bearings Noise

Treadmill bearings can be noisy, but the noise can be so annoying that you may want to replace them. If the noise comes from the friction of the roller, then you have to replace the treadmill belt.

So, if the noise comes from the roller itself, it is necessary to replace the roller bearings. And These bearings are a good example of a lubrication issue.

Noise from Motor

We are all familiar with treadmill noise from motor. It is very annoying and can be very hazardous. It is caused by broken or worn out parts in the belt drive mechanism.

It can also be caused by worn parts on the motor. The two most common causes of treadmill noise from motor are worn or broken parts in the belt mechanism or worn motor bearings.

How to fix a noisy treadmill?

The noisy treadmill is a disturbing element for a workout. You need to be cheerful while you exercise. So, you must avoid disturbing noise. And, you need to listen to your most loved songs in time of exercise.

Getting it fixed and keeping it that way is always a good idea. In the case of a noisy treadmill, the first thing to do is to have a look at the belt. There may be a few things wrong with it, like worn out pulleys or loose belts.

From turning on the treadmill, the motor should click a few times, then it should sound like it’s trying to start. If it doesn’t, you’ll never know, because you won’t hear any sounds coming from the motor.

One of two things could be happening. First, the belt may not be giving the motor enough power to spin, or the motor may be too noisy. Fixing noisy treadmills is a common problem, and thankfully one you can easily fix.

If your treadmill is making a grinding, banging, or buzzing noise, try checking your treadmill belt tension. This is usually done by turning the treadmill on and letting it run for a few minutes before you start exercising.

Make sure the belt is not running too tight or too loose. If the belt still makes a noise, try adjusting the belt tighter or looser. If this is not the problem, it could be a damaged drive belt or a faulty treadmill motor.

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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