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How to Troubleshoot Your Treadmill?

If your treadmill has started acting funny, the first step to be taken is to troubleshoot the problem yourself. Alot of times, even for small problems, one ends up calling the repairman or the customer services, and ends up paying a bomb for a condition which could have been easily solved by oneself. Here is a few thing you should know about treadmill troubleshooting.

General Troubleshooting
First unplug your treadmill. Wait for a few minutes and then plug it back again in its single outlet surge suppressor (which should be connected to a grounded outlet).
Check for the circuit connection thoroughly. Many a time, there is a chance that the circuit breaker has tripped. This can be checked for by looking at the tabbed end of the circuit breaker (located near the power cord). If it is protruding, wait for about 5 minutes and reset the circuit breaker by pushing the tabbed end back in.
Now, try to remove the treadmill key from its slot and try sliding it back into the slot. Check if the key is properly seated.
Console Troubleshooting
Remove the treadmill key from the slot in console. Unplug the treadmill.
Remove the three screws that are holding the hood cover (in front of the walking belt) of the treadmill in place.
If you carefully observe the left side of the treadmill belt, there is a small magnet on the outer side of the pulley (which is located on the left side of the belt). This magnet should ideally line up with a small cylinder (placed in the treadmill frame, which is also called Reed Switch). So when you turn the pulley, the magnet lines up with the Reed switch. Check the length of the gap between the switch and the magnet. It should be about 1/8 inch wide. If it is not, remove the screw that is holding the Reed switch, and try moving it away or towards the magnet to correct the gap until the distance is 1/8 inch wide.
Walking Belt Troubleshooting
Again unplug the treadmill and remove the key from the console slot. Keep your hands below the treadmill belt and try to lift it. If the belt is centered and properly tightened, one can lift both the edges of the belt about 2-3 inches.
Carefully observe the back side of the treadmill frame. You will find two rear roller belts to either side of the treadmill belt. If the belt is held too tightly, rotate each bolt counterclockwise (take a one quarter turn), to loosen up the belt a bit. If the belt was loose, when you had lifted it, then turn the rear bolt clockwise (by 1 quarter turn).
Now rotate the left roller belt counterclockwise (by ½ turn), in case the belt is not exactly in center and has moved towards the right. Similarly, if the belt has moved more towards left, rotate the roller bolt in clockwise direction (by ½ turn).

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How to Choose a Treadmill
Whether you're training for a 5K race or just adding a little exercise to your daily routine, getting a treadmill is a smart choice. Do your homework to find one that can keep up with you.

Here's an overview of the features, treadmill types and other variables you'll need to consider.  

Features That Matter Most

Motor Power and Belt Speed. If you plan to run fast for long periods, look for a machine with a powerful motor and a high top-belt speed.

Belt Size and Weight Capacity. Longer, wider belts and sturdier machines facilitate use by avid runners and heavier people.

Programmability. Working out can get boring quickly. Most treadmills let users choose workouts with hills and variable speeds to keep exercise interesting.

Entertainment Options. Consider whether you want to read, listen to music, watch TV or surf the Internet while on your treadmill.

Manual Treadmills. Treadmills that lack motors also lack high price tags. You go only as fast as you push yourself.

Motorized Treadmills. Motorized treadmills require you to move as fast as the belt, ensuring at least a minimum workout. Motorized treadmills offer many programming options.

Fold-and-Store Treadmills. If you have limited space in your home gym or only plan to use your treadmill occasionally, consider a folding treadmill that stores out of the way.

Machine weight limits typically range from 275 lbs. to 350 lbs. Consider the size of the belt. Longer and wider belts allow for taller, heavier and faster users than shorter and narrower belts. A cushioned or adjustable-tension belt reduces the impact on your feet, ankles, knees and hips.

Workout Features
Motor and Speed. Most treadmills have motors with a maximum output of 2.5 hp, which allows the treadmill to reach a top speed of 10 mph (equivalent to a 6-minute mile). Heavier users and competitive runners probably want a machine with a motor rated for 2.8 hp or higher, with a top speed of 12 mph (equivalent to a 5-minute mile).

Console and Monitor. While consoles differ, each console displays the same basic information: belt speed, time spent, distance covered, and calories burned. Some treadmills have built-in hand pads or chest straps that sense your pulse and report your heart rate. Others have touch screens, televisions or course displays that add interest to a workout.

Incline/Decline. Incline training has been proven to burn significantly more calories than running/walking on a flat surface. A few treadmills incline as much as 40 degrees and decline as much as 10 degrees. A maximum 10-degree incline and no decline is the standard for most treadmills.

Workout Programs 
Preprogrammed Workouts. Every motorized treadmill comes with preprogrammed workouts which vary by general length, speed and incline/decline of the deck. Use the console to choose your workout before you begin exercising. The chosen workout makes the treadmill change speed and angles automatically.

Programmable Workouts. Most treadmills allow you to design workouts by entering weight, desired workout time, desired incline/decline and desired speed. You can usually store this information in the console itself or on a removable data device such as a memory card or a USB drive.

Interactive Workouts. Some treadmills support a wireless device and Web application called iFit Live, which connects you and your treadmill to the Internet, allowing you to receive personalized workouts and interact with other iFit users.

Upper Body Workout. A crosswalk treadmill with ski-pole type handles exercises your upper body while walking or light running and strengthens your arms, shoulders and upper back, while burning more calories.

Fan. Several treadmill consoles have built-in fans to cool you during your workout.

CostQuality, durable treadmills start at about $800 and range up to $4,000, with motorized treadmills starting at $1,000. Increase your investment if more than one person will use the treadmill, as multiple users create more wear and tear on the parts and motor. A model that helps meet your fitness goals is an investment in your health.

Entertainment FeaturesMany treadmills are equipped with entertainment options ranging from trays and ledges for books and magazines to Mp3 player docking stations and Wi-Fi connections. Some treadmills have digital televisions built into their consoles.

Smart Buying Tips
  • Test different treadmill floor models.
  • Sears offers its complete catalog of treadmills online. Read online product reviews of the models you are interested in.
  • To save excess wear and tear, buy a treadmill that gives you a good cushion — say, 50 lbs. — between the weight of the heaviest person who uses the machine and its manufacturer-specified weight capacity.
  • Less expensive foldable treadmills may have looser frames which can shift and shake during use.
  • Look for the word "continuous" when checking a treadmill's motor power rating. Most models output at least 2.5 hp.
  • Do not pay for more incline or decline than you plan to use.
  • Look for a display console that you can read easily.
  • Look for upper body exercise handles that lock in place. Otherwise the handles may move back and forth when not in use causing interference and annoyance.
  • Some treadmills require significant assembly. Consider paying the set-up fee.
  • Test out a treadmill's speakers and television, if possible. All audiovisual equipment is not created equally.
  • If you intend to position your treadmill in front of a television or in a room with a radio or stereo, consider a treadmill without built-in entertainment features.
Other Useful Tips
Shoes. Using a treadmill stresses and strains your feet, ankles, leg muscles and hips in the same way that running or walking on any other surface does. Wearing shoes that fit well and provide proper support reduces your risk for exercise-related injuries.
Mats and Tiles. Placing a rubberized mat or specially designed carpet under your treadmill keeps the machine from slipping and sliding while you exercise. The mat also protects your floor from damage by the treadmill feet and frame.

Pedometer and Heart Rate Monitor. A portable pedometer and a heart rate monitor are beneficial as they record your stats and track your progress.
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