Treadmill making electrical smell

Old 03-27-03, 04:18 PM
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Treadmill making electrical smell

Have a 10 year old Vitamaster Treadmill that still works great other than an "electrical" smell that develops after 15 minutes of usage. Just started in the last year and from my past experience it smells like a transformer frying.

After pulling the motor cover off I found something that appears to be a transformer but it's showing no evidence of distress or leakage. Found a company that still carries parts on it but the cost of the transformer is 50 bucks. Thought I'd make sure before I spend money on a new one.

Anyone have any suggestions?
Old 03-27-03, 07:58 PM
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If a part is melting/burning, it should be obvious afterwards. Which part(s) smell?
Are you sure it is inside the treadmill, not a extension cord or receptacle in the wall?
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Did you also smell the motor? Or perhaps it has a belt? The best thing would be have 2 people, one running on the treadmill and one sniffing away.
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I would recommend lubricating the belt too (the one that you walk on). Not only will it be easier on the belt, but it will be easier on the motor too if there is a lot of friction. I think they sell some spray silicon lubricant for this purpose.

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