NordicTrack Treadmill is a durable machine. However, it can pose minor problems at times. Since it is a heavy appliance, you cannot take it to the repair shop.
But, you can try some effective troubleshooting tricks at home. I troubleshoot my treadmill a number of times.
The most common culprit is overheating. But, there can be other reasons as well. Here, I will explain all the causes and their solutions.
1. Do A Quick Power Cycle
Before proceeding to the solutions, we have to perform some basic steps. Some new users do not know all the functions of their treadmills.
Hence, they think their machine has gone defective. But, it can be fixed by a simple power cycle. Let us know how to do it;
- Unplug your treadmill from the power outlet. Wait for 1-5 minutes before plugging it back again.
- This quick power cycle can solve a number of issues.
- Also, check if the safety key is attached to the console. Otherwise, your machine will not work.
2. Poor Power Supply
Frequent shutting OFF refers to the poor power supply. Plug the power cord firmly into an electrical outlet. Make sure the power outlet is working. Try connecting to a different power source.
The power cord should not be too long. Because it twists and entangles. Thus, the efficiency and working of your machine are affected badly. Check the power cord for any signs of damage, cuts, and exposed areas.
A damaged cord should be replaced. A power surge can cause the circuit breaker to trip. So, check and reset the circuit breaker.
Overheating is another reason for frequent restarts. Your treadmill has an automatic protective mechanism. The circuit breaker shuts OFF when it detects excessive heat.
Generally, overheating is the result of too much friction. It can also happen when you work out on the highest speed for a long time.
The solution is to lubricate the parts regularly. Shut down your treadmill for 30 minutes or until it cools down.
4. Lack of Lubrication
Too much friction also shuts OFF the machine frequently. It happens due to a lack of lubrication.
Lubricate the deck belt, roller bearings, and drive motor. Silicon, Wax, or oil is used for lubrication. But, confirm the right material from the user manual.
5. The Broken Belt
Another problem is the broken or slipped belt. The machine will not run with a broken belt. It breaks due to extra friction or tightness.
In fact, the belt does not have a long lifespan. Because it has to run and bear friction continuously. Therefore, it is prone to wear and tear.
However, you should lubricate it regularly by dripping good oil between the base and the belt. So, realign the strips and fit them in place. If it is broken, install a new belt.
6. The Bad Controller Board
A defective controller board is one of the main causes of your treadmill starts and stops. This part is located near the motor or engine. Fortunately, you can replace it yourself.
However, you should have the basic knowledge. Moreover, confirm the board location through the user manual. Otherwise, call a technician to install a new controller board.
7. Defective Speed Sensor
Sometimes, the issue is in the speed sensor. When you press the “Speed” button, the machine comes ON. But, shuts OFF after a few seconds.
This process continues. The sensor is located close to the front roller. Check its position in the user manual. Next, examine the sensor whether it is working or not.
8. The Wiring Issue
Most probably, the wiring of your machine has gone defective. You can check it by removing the protective covers. But, disconnect the power first.
Look at the wiring diagram in the user manual to understand the assembly instructions. Make sure all wires are connected correctly. Find any damaged or disconnected cables.
Join the wires through the connectors. If you diagnose an intricate issue, please consult the manufacturer.
9. Malfunctioning Engine or Motor
The last possible cause is a bad engine or motor. They are being defective. Therefore, your NordicTrack starts and stops.
But, be sure to check all other parts first. Do not replace things randomly. Consult a professional technician or NordicTrack support for proper diagnosis.
Frequently Asked Questions About Treadmills
Read the following queries for further understanding and help.
Can I start my NordicTrack treadmill manually?
Just press the “Start” button to start the machine manually. It will initiate a workout in manual mode. Moreover, the settings can also be adjusted manually.
How to know my treadmill requires lubrication?
Touch the belt and it should feel waxy or oily. A too-dry, sticky, or slippery belt means you should lubricate it. Further signs include squeaking or other unusual noises. Such sounds are caused by high friction.
What are the warning signs of a bad treadmill motor?
If the motor is failed, the machine will not start at all. Initial signs of a defective motor include a burning smell, overheating, sparking, and sharp noise. Likewise, the hard moving belt and inefficiency of the machine also indicate a fault in the engine.
How often should I lubricate my treadmill?
Generally speaking, treadmills should be lubricated every 3 months or 130 miles. However, do it earlier if the machine is used too much. You can also check the belt to decide on the lubrication.
Is it worth rearing my NordicTrack treadmill?
It depends on the type of problem and the repair cost. Smaller issues should be fixed. Because replacing the whole machine is too costly as compared to replacing a part. So, it is a good idea to repair the machine as it runs for a lifetime.
Surely, my guide will prove very helpful for you. I have explained all the possible reasons and their solutions. So, you can easily troubleshoot your NordicTrack treadmill that starts and stops or keeps shutting OFF.