Treadmills can be a great addition to your home gym if you love working out. You don’t have to step out of the house for a run. You can do it in your living room while watching your favorite TV show or a movie.
But the thing is, when it comes to buying treadmills, it’s a pretty risky and high-end investment. So you just wanna make sure the treadmill you opt for lasts for a long time. We are not talking about months or weeks. We are talking about years and hundreds of miles. So, here is everything you need to keep in mind if you want to ensure your treadmill lasts for long.
How to choose the right treadmill?
One of the many ways through which you can ensure your treadmill lasts for a long time is by choosing the right treadmill in the first place. There are two main ways through which you can make a perfect choice,
- The warranty
- The cost
The warranty of any product is the assurance from a manufacturer that how confident they are in their production. No manufacturer will want to make countless repairs if their treadmill won’t last the warranty period.
The warranties you need to look for are for labor, motor, and spare parts. We know you might be thinking that why do you need a warranty for labor but trust us, you do! Labor is the costliest of all and it takes a lot of extra money to have the repairs done by someone professional.
The most ideal labor warranty period would be two years. It’s the representation of a good treadmill that is built to last. As far as motor and other electronics are concerned, 5-years of warranty or maybe more in case of some manufacturers is good enough.
The second method in regards to picking the right treadmill is the cost itself. Keep in mind that treadmills that last come at an expensive cost. Cheap machines will always come at cheaper price points which is a fact. The cheapest treadmill that you will find in the market will be around $800 whereas you can go as high as $5000 to get a high-end treadmill.
This completely depends on how much your budget allows you to invest. But if you’re looking for a treadmill for home use, we don’t think you need to go overboard with your budget. You can easily opt for a treadmill that costs around $2000. They offer reasonable features, have decent warranty periods, and can last for a long time with a little bit of maintenance.
Also, we would recommend that you choose a treadmill that has home assembly. You will be able to get professional help for this who can come and put your treadmill together. The reason why we recommend home assembly is because it isn’t easy for a single person to not only put the whole equipment together but also lift it and place it in the designated room.
With professional help, there will not be much for you to worry about. You can easily put it together with foreign help and set it where you have decided for it to go.
Maintaining a treadmill is easy if you pay full attention to it. You can either get foreign help for this or have it done yourself, the choice is yours. Some manufacturers offer annual maintenance services that you can opt for if you can afford them. The company will send you’re the labor, they will take a good look at your treadmill and make any necessary repairs. These repairs can include refreshing the motor, lubricating the belt, adjusting the platform belt correctly, checking the speedometer, and so on.
Although, all of these repairs can be done at home as well. There are extensive guides available on YouTube and Google that will give you all the information you need on maintaining your treadmill by yourself. Also, you can use a silicone brush to have your belt lubricated. Don’t forget the check the owner’s guide and see if they have any lubricants available that you can use for equipment maintenance.
So, how long does a treadmill last?
On a general note, a high-end treadmill can last for up to 7-12 years. This is what most manufacturers have to say. However, if you take care of your treadmill and maintain it properly, it can last even longer. But just make sure, you do maintenance checks of the treadmill very regularly and don’t take the whole process lightly.
Lubricate the belt, and refresh your motor because if you don’t, not only your belt will lose its balance but your motor will also burn out.
Take a treadmill like a car. Occasionally, any part can malfunction or go wrong. You need to replace that part or have it repaired the first thing or the rest of your machine will fall apart. Spare parts of any electronic machine can malfunction or stop working. So, if any component of your treadmill stops working or isn’t performing the way it should, there is nothing for you to worry about. It doesn’t indicate that your whole machine is going to fail. It just means that a single part requires fixing.
So, this is everything we had for how long does a treadmill last. We hope this article gave you the answer you were looking for. An alternative to using a treadmill is running outside. We know how hard it is to take time out and go for a run. This is why we recommend that you go for a treadmill. It’s in your home and you can use it anytime you want.
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John is a Certified Personal Trainer – Exercise Fitness Specialist who loves to share his experience to assist you reach your fitness goals.