Is a Surge Protector Necessary for My Nordic Track Incline Trainer to Function?

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You've purchased a NordicTrack incline trainer and can't wait to get to your workout. The manual may or may not say you need a surge protector to operate your new piece of equipment. Whether you follow the directions will affect the function, life and safety of your exercise equipment.

To Be or Not To Be

According to different manuals for NordicTrack incline trainers, a surge protector appears to be an option. For example, the NordicTrack 9800 trainer needs to be directly plugged in to the wall. On the other hand, the NordicTrack Incline Trainer X3 requires a surge protector between the machine and the wall. Your trainer will operate without one, but you may be risking damage to the machine.

One and Only

The incline trainers must be grounded. A grounded circuit reduces the risk of electrical shock if the trainer should break or malfunction. It is best to keep them plugged into a dedicated circuit. Position your trainer close to the outlet as no extension cords are recommended. You also should use the plug that comes on the trainer instead of replacing it with a different type.

Protect and Serve

A surge protector has many benefits for your incline trainer. Since you use the machine at home, you may experience power surges from other appliances turning on and off. Severe weather may also result in power surges. A surge protector prevents these power changes from reaching and damaging the electronic components of your trainer. This simple strip of protection can extend the life of your trainer and reduce your chance of injuries. If the electrical components are damaged, the belt may stop suddenly, slow down or speed up quickly and you may fall.

Not All Compatible

The NordicTrack incline trainers can be plugged into most grounded outlets. However, the trainers will not work when plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter, GFCI, or an arc-fault circuit interrupter, AFCI. These types of outlets protect you and your home, but may interfere with the operation of your trainer. The GFCI may trip because the incline trainers use the ground to disperse much of the static electricity that comes off the belt. The AFCI may trip because the trainer motor's electricity may arc with use.