Moving a treadmill from one location to another will require more than just packing it up and driving to the new house. You’ll need to make some adjustments to the machine to ensure it works exactly how you want it to. Here are a few things you need to know before moving your treadmill.
Know Your Treadmill
Before you start moving a treadmill, you’ll want to make sure you know exactly which model you own and any special information about it, like the distance range. If you don’t know what information to look for, there are a few things you can do to find out. First, open up the manual that came with the treadmill. You can also search for information about the model you own by Googling the brand name, model name, and the model number. You’ll want to make sure you know the exact model number since all the models are very similar and look very similar to the casual buyer.
A gym mover company with experience will know all the details, you can count on that.
Find an Area to Move the Treadmill
You’ll want to find a nice, level place to move the treadmill. While you can move your treadmill inside or outside, you’ll need to make sure you have the right-sized spot for it. If you’re not sure where you’ll move the treadmill, you can use a floor plan to ensure you have enough space around the machine. If you want to move the treadmill outside, you’ll also want to make sure there’s no danger of the treadmill being damaged by rain, snow, or other elements.
How to Pack a Treadmill
You don’t really need to pack a treadmill up at all, since there are no moving parts inside. The only things you’ll really be moving are the treadmill and the people that help you move it. The biggest thing you’ll want to think about is how you’re going to move the treadmill. If you can move it in a U-Haul, you can just drive it up and down the road with a truck or trailer. If you can’t move it on the road, you’ll have to come up with some other way to move it. You can move single-runners manually, but you’re going to need help. Moving a treadmill by hand can be done, but it’s going to take some helpers. The good news is that it’s a fairly easy move, but it’s not something you can do alone.
Connect the Treadmill
The first thing you’ll want to do once you’ve moved the treadmill is to connect it to the electrical outlet. Depending on what model you own, this can be as easy as plugging in a cord or as complex as installing a dedicated receiver inside the home. If you don’t know how to connect the treadmill to power, consult the manual or contact the manufacturer for assistance. You don’t want the machine to be working, but not be able to connect it, so be sure you know how to properly connect it to power.
Hookup the Treadmill and Test Drive it
Once you’ve moved the treadmill, you’ll want to find a nice place to test it out. There’s nothing worse than moving a treadmill and having nobody to use it before it starts working correctly. You can take the machine for a short test drive at your new house to make sure it’s working correctly. Just make sure you know where the brake is before you take off. You don’t want to test the machine and have it crash into the wall. You can also make sure the belt is turning properly by adjusting the tension on the belt, see more details below. Most belt tensioners should be easy to access on the back of the machine.
Ensuring the treadmill belt
Once you’ve moved your treadmill, you’ll want to make sure the job’s done right. You don’t want to be moving a treadmill and then have it break and not know how to fix it. You can check the belt tension by looking at the belt itself. A belt that’s too tight will make a loud screeching noise and look like it’s going to snap. This is something you really don’t want to hear. If the belt is too loose, you’ll see dust and debris flying off the belt. This is something you don’t want on the wall or floor. The ideal belt tension is when the belt is barely making noise and doesn’t look like it’s about to snap.
Moving a treadmill isn’t all that hard, but it does require some work. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be a major headache. This guide will help point you in the right direction and make sure your treadmill makes it to its new home safely, but if you maybe your best choice would be hiring a fitness equipment mover specialist. ezFitness Installation has over 20 years of experience and we'll be glad to help you.