Proform Treadmill Maintenance
Proform makes a variety of exercise equipment, including in-home treadmills. Once set up, Proform treadmills are extremely low maintenance. With the proper care, you can enjoy your treadmill for years to come. Treadmills vary depending on the model number, so consult your owner's manual before performing any necessary maintenance. When it's needed, this treadmill model is relatively easy to work on.
Wipe the treadmill down after each use to keep it free of dust and dirt. Keeping the treadmill clean will help lengthen the belt and motor life. You should operate the treadmill away from liquids and moisture to prevent possible damage.
Plug your treadmill into a surge suppressor and connect it to an outlet. Avoid plugging the treadmill directly into the outlet to protect against sudden voltage spikes. It is recommended that you use only a single-outlet surge suppressor, according to the Proform Owner's Manual. Neglecting to do so increases the chance of damage when other appliances are turned on and off, or during lightning storms.
Lubricate the belt when it becomes dry. You can do this by loosening the belt screws located on the back of the treadmill. Lift the belt on each side and apply silicone lube. Allow the belt to run for a few minutes to disperse the lubrication. Under normal conditions, you will need to do this twice a year. Some newer models of Proform treadmills don't require lube maintenance. Check your model's manual before lubricating the belt.
Keep the belt centered. Over time, the belt can shift slightly to one side, which interferes with its functionality. To adjust it, first unplug the treadmill from the wall. Use the hex key that came with the treadmill to adjust the rear roller bolts located in the back of the treadmill. If the belt is slightly off to the right, turn the left roller bolt to bring it back to the center, and vice versa.
Only use athletic shoes when working out on your treadmill.
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.