Does a Treadmill Motor Need Maintenance? How?

First-time treadmill owners often wonder if they should do something to keep the motor in tip-top shape. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years. Here are the things that move the needle on treadmill motor lifespan.

While there isn’t much you can do to a treadmill motor directly to maintain it, there is a lot you can do to keep your treadmill running smoothly and so put less stress on the motor. Less stress on the motor means a longer lifespan.

Let’s get into why you should maintain your treadmill’s motor and what you can do exactly.

Do You Need To Maintain a Treadmill Motor?

Yes, you need to maintain a treadmill to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your treadmill. The motor is a critical component of the treadmill, and proper maintenance helps prevent wear and tear, overheating, and motor failure.

By the way: Here’s how long a treadmill motor is supposed to last.

Here’s why it’s essential to maintain a treadmill motor:

  • Prolong Motor Life: Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating, helps extend the motor’s lifespan, saving you from costly repairs or replacements.
  • Prevents Overheating: Dust and debris can accumulate in the motor housing, causing the motor to overheat. Adequate maintenance, including cleaning and ensuring proper ventilation, prevents overheating.
  • Optimizes Performance: A well-maintained motor operates efficiently, providing a smooth and consistent workout experience. Regular maintenance helps maintain the motor’s power and performance.
  • Reduces Repair Costs: Neglecting motor maintenance can lead to motor issues that are expensive to repair or replace. Preventative maintenance is more cost-effective than fixing major problems.
  • Enhances Safety: A properly maintained motor is less likely to malfunction, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries during treadmill use.

However: There isn’t that much you can do directly to maintain the motor. There is no need to directly lubricate the motor. They’re one piece and if it breaks, it’s often time to replace the whole thing. It’s all about maintaining the rest of the treadmill as good as you can so the motor has an easy life.

Here are some more general tips and basics that will help keep your treadmill in good shape.

How To Take Care Of Your Treadmill’s Motor

Here’s how you can take care of your Treadmill’s motor:

  • Position the Treadmill Properly: Ensure your treadmill is placed on a level surface. An uneven surface can strain the motor over time. Also, provide ample space around the treadmill for ventilation.
  • Keep Humidity Down: High humidity can wreak havoc on electrical connections. It’s a good idea to place the treadmill in a spot where the humidity doesn’t get too high. Alternatively, use A/C or a dehumidifier. Also make sure not to spill water on the treadmill.
  • Keep the Treadmill Clean: A clean treadmill is less likely to have dust and debris enter the motor area. Regularly clean the entire treadmill, including the belt and deck.
  • Clean the Motor Housing: Dust and debris can accumulate in the motor housing, causing the motor to overheat. Regularly remove the motor cover and use a vacuum cleaner or compressed air to clean out any dirt and debris.
  • Regular Maintenance: Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for your specific treadmill model. This includes tasks like lubricating the deck, checking the walking belt tension, and inspecting the rollers. This keeps the belt running smoothly, putting less stress on the motor. Here are 7 signs that tell you when it’s time to lubricate.
  • Cooling Fans: Some treadmills have cooling fans to prevent the motor from overheating. Make sure the fans are clean and functioning correctly. If your treadmill has this feature, keep it free from obstructions.
  • Use a Surge Protector: Plugging your treadmill into a surge protector can help protect the motor from voltage spikes or electrical surges that may occur during power outages or lightning storms.
  • Avoid Overloading: Make sure your treadmill is used within its specified weight capacity. Overloading the treadmill with excessive weight can strain the motor.
  • Listen for Unusual Noises: Pay attention to any unusual or loud noises coming from the motor. If you notice any unusual sounds, it’s essential to address the issue promptly. They are a sure sign something is wrong.


Hey, I'm Matt. Welcome to After working out in many different gyms for almost 20 years and helping people build their own home gyms, i've learned a few things i'd like to share with you.

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