I was all set to order a treadmill for use in my garage so I don't have to deal with running in the snow, ice, and bitter wind of a Massachusetts winter again - then read a warning about treadmills in cold garages and how their performance might be affected: "If you are locating the equipment in a garage, porch or other area that is not climate controlled, expect problems. Since most models use lubricants that can freeze or lose their ability to properly lubricate at very high heat or extreme cold, you can run into problems on both extremes." Does anyone keep their treadmill in a cold garage, and have you experienced problems with the treadmill because of it? And have you come up with simple ways to deal with it to keep your treadmill happy?With winter underway, many runners turn to treadmills this time of year to avoid running in the bitter cold, sleet, and snow. While the garage might be a convenient location for a treadmill, it does come with some precautions.
It is not recommended to operate the treadmill in these conditions. The reason is due to condensation on the electronics and motors. If the treadmill is below freezing and the circuit boards are warmed up above freezing, you will get condensation/water build up on them. This can cause a failure. Repeated freezing and thawing is not recommended. The treadmill should be used in 50 to 105 degrees F conditions. If the treadmill was exposed to below freezing conditions (shipping or storage), It is recommended that the treadmill be exposed to room temps for 3 hours before use.Put the treadmill in your garage at your own risk. Treadmill manufacturing companies are stingy and if something goes wrong later down the line and they find out the treadmill had been stored in a garage, that's reason enough for them to void all warranties and leave you with nothing but a broken treadmill.