Treadmill motors can vary in price depending on how new or old the treadmill is. Prices also change if you are paying for labor and parts or just parts. We called around, and here are the average costs you can expect.
Treadmill motor replacements cost an average of $500; which includes the cost of labor and cost of parts. Depending on the repair company, the cost of a diagnostic can range from $100-$170. Labor is about $60-$100 an hour. Replacement motors can range from $200-$600.
If you want to buy and replace it yourself without going through a repair company, then look at the motor and find the manufacturer on the label. Then, use that to search for the motor you need to purchase. If you want to use a repair company, call around and find one that works best for you.
Cost of Treadmill Motor Replacement
Treadmill motors range from $200 to $600 depending on how new or old the motor is. Before replacing a treadmill motor, you should check to see if your treadmill is under a warranty and see if it covers the motor. Calling the treadmill company and asking what offers they have on broken parts or replacement parts is a good idea as well.
The price for the motor really depends on the model treadmill you have. It’s safe to assume a treadmill that was more expensive new will have a more expensive motor but this isn’t always the case.
If you do not have a warranty, then start your search online for either a company that will fix it for you, or look for the motor itself online. If you’re confident in your skills, you can even fix/replace it yourself.
However, prevention is better than fixing something so also take a look at this article that outlines how to protect a treadmill’s motor and electronics.
While the motor itself is going to be the biggest cost, don’t underestimate labor costs. Many companies will charge a diagnostics fee of about $100 – $170. Labor for the actual replacement is about $60-$100 per hour. A treadmill motor replacement typically takes about 1-2 hours.
If you feel confident in your abilities to replace the motor by yourself, then look at the motor in your treadmill and search for the manufacturer listed in it. You should also find the part name and number of the specific motor you have and search for that online. Then, all you have to do is find the motor and order it. Once it arrives, you will be good to go.
If you do not have time to replace the motor or you are not confident in your abilities to do so, then you should look at companies who will fix it for you. You should look at local gym equipment dealers and the company you purchased the treadmill from. Compare some prices before you commit because they can be quite different.
Something to keep in mind when calling these companies is to ask if they have the parts you need, how long it will take for them to order the parts, what their cost for labor is, and get an estimate of what the total cost would be. That way you know how long it’ll be until the treadmill gets fixed.
Regular maintenance helps prevent the motor from burning out and a little bit of effort can save you a big repair bill. Here’s an article how you should and shouldn’t maintain a treadmill.
How Much do Treadmills Cost?
If a treadmill motor repair costs an average of $500, it might be more cost-effective to just buy a new one! Of course, buying multiple low-quality treadmills might be cheaper at first, but ultimate one goo-quality machine could be a better overall purchase.
Low-end treadmills cost around $300 to $800. These treadmills have basic functions. They can increase and decrease speed, have a bar in front or along the sides to hold onto, and it is likely that they will fold down for easy storage. On some (not all) you can also find a water bottle holder and a place to put a smart device so that you can enjoy watching your favorite show while running.
Mid-range treadmills cost around $800 to $2000. These treadmills should have a better feel when running, higher possible speeds, a water bottle holder, a bar on the sides, and a place to hold devices. Many of these mid-range models also have digital screens to control and keep track of your speed, heart rate, calories burned, and so on.
High-end treadmills cost around $2000 and up. These will obviously be the nicest on the market. They will be digital, have an incline option, a screen to play movies on, or a place to put your own device up so that you can watch something of your interest while running. It should have cup holders, a display that shows your heart rate, speed, calories burned, time, and more.
When you are picking out a treadmill, think of how much you want to spend, and look at the types of treadmills offered in your price range. If you decide you want to expand your budget so that you can pay for more perks that come with a higher price tag, then adjust accordingly.
Belts are another item that have to be replaced on a treadmill. Check out the average cost here.
You can decide what perks are worth your money and which ones you do not really care about. For instance, if you live in a small space, a treadmill that can collapse might be nice.
If you’re looking for a good home treadmill that doesn’t cost too much, check out the Xterra TRX3500. it’s a very solid option for the money. The best thing? It has a lifetime warranty on the motor.
Favorite Cardio Accessories
Check out these accessories that improve a home cardio workout:
- Equipment mat: All cardio equipment should be put on an equipment mat. The Rubber-Cal mat (Amazon) is an affordable yet very high-quality choice.
- Interval timer: To time your intervals and workouts, there is no better choice than the GymNext Flex. It’s super easy to use and set up with a phone app.
- Tablet holder: Cardio can be boring. With this tablet holder (Amazon) you can follow along with on-demand workouts or just watch a movie on any cardio machine.
- Heart rate monitor: Monitoring your heart rate is very important while doing cardio. The Polar H10 (Amazon) connects to almost anything you can imagine and is very accurate.
To find which cardio machines I recommend for home gyms, click here.