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  • biglowfamily Apr 21, 2009

    The treadmill has a 3-prong plug. It is not plugged into a GFCI outlet, but it is plugged into a 3-prong plug. How can I make sure it is grounded properly. Also the treadmill is not in the garage or basement, we are trying to use it in the bedroom.

  • dennis_lange May 11, 2010

    You have an electrical short to frame occuring. Any short should be carried away from the equipment by proper ground. Does the treadmill still have a 3 prong plug-in and is it plugged into a grounded outlet and not an older 2 slot outlet? Is the treadmill being used in a basement or garage and plugged into a GFCI outlet?



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The proper grounding is where the electrical cord enters the treadmill a green ground wire should be attached to the metal frame. Any short in the machine should be safely carried away from the equipment by proper grounding. If the treadmill has been properly grounded, then the problem is in the wall outlet. Your local Hardware store sells an inexpensive small device (approx. 1" x 3") with rows of small yellow, red, and green LEDs. It has 3 prongs on one end to plug into a wall outlet to check for proper grounding. On the unit there is a guide to tell you which lights should be lit. Use this device to check all of your outlets in your home for safety.

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I get a small electric shock each time i put my hand on the heart rate monitor on the left of the treadmill. Also happens when i h the inclune buttons on the left. Any suggestions?

Hi Pjd

Shocking problem!

Suspect that the treadmill is generating static electricity.

It is building up as you run... via the rubber mat.

Like the comb through the hair picking up tissue paper bits.

This is basically a Van De Graaff Generator.

Try attaching a wire from the machine chassis (metal) to a metal tap at your sink.

Do you still get a shock?

Not sure where you are and what your electric supply is.

I'm in Australia and our AC plugs have a third pin which is connected to our meter box which is then connected to an outside GROUND ROD.

Perhaps the AC power you are using has no ground or only a 2 pin connection. I which case I would add a three wire plug to the treadmill and the ground pin would connect to the treadmill's metal chassis by a screw or bolt.

Anti static spray may also help


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Some treadmills have a grounding wire from the console to the frame of the treadmill as well as a grounding wire from the rear roller to the frame of the treadmill. Check to see if these are in place, or have a qualified technician check this.

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If experienced, the shock is not harmful or dangerous.

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Dear Sir:

Thank you by you request, I will help you inmediately.

Please do this with very Carefully!!

The shock is a build upof static electricity on your body called Electrostatic Discharge (ESD).Friction between the walking board and belt can generate static electricity.

If experienced, the shock is not harmful ordangerous.

Thank you in advance, sincerely. God bless you.



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