What Is An “Amp Draw” And What…

Dave S. from Frankfurt asks, “during my service your tech was using a meter that he plugged my treadmill into. He explained everything as he was working on it, but could you go over it again?”

Certainly, Dave, we’d be happy to. Treadmill amp draws are a very important part of our preventive maintenance service as they are an indicator of overall treadmill health. I find it to be an extremely valuable tool because it involves the precision of math and data, there is absolutely no guesswork. Sure, anybody can come out and slap some lube on your machine or vacuum it out. They may even offer a tip or two about how to extend the longevity of your machine. What separates the professionals from the amateurs are performing an amp draw, and, even more importantly, knowing what to do with that information and how to interpret it.

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Why Is My Elliptical Rough?

John M. from Highland Park, IL asks, “why is my elliptical rough when first starting out, but then smooths out after I have been riding it about 3 minutes? After it warms up, everything works as it should, it’s just unpleasant starting out. Do I need to have you come out for service?”

Great question John, thank you for sending that in. This is a behavior that has been noticed by many elliptical users, and the solution, while goofy, works. I can’t speak to the condition of the remainder of your machine, but it is not necessary to have us out for this issue alone, provided it resolves itself soon after you begin your workout.

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Why Won’t You Fix My Flooded Unit?

With all the rain lately, we’ve been asked this quite a bit. Our answer is always the same for treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and every other piece of equipment we work on. That answer is: “the high probability of frame failure.” (more…)

Keeping Equipment Humming, Huff-n-Puff Fitness Repair Expands,…

Dan Thompson, owner of Huff-n-Puff, cites opportunity to expand territory as well as work with a long-time friend as the impetus behind the merger.

North Aurora, Ill. – October 27, 2014 – Since 2008, Dan Thompson has worked keeping fitness equipment in good repair throughout the Chicago area through his business Huff-n-Puff Fitness Repair®. Jason Wood has been doing the same in the Milwaukee and Madison areas since 2006 through his business J & K Fitness Repair. (more…)