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Bowflex Treadmill Won’t Turn On? [Issues to Address & How You Can Fix I]

Addressing problems with your machine can save you the trouble of buying a new treadmill.

It is crucial to detect these problems immediately so you won’t delay your workout. This article will discuss issues with Bowflex treadmills and how to address them.

Before discussing the issues, here are a few things you need to prepare for:

  • Adjust your finances for repairs
  • Prepare replacements for treadmill parts
  • Get technical support from the manufacturer

Issues to Address When Troubleshooting a Bowflex Treadmill

Now let’s talk about the causes why your machine malfunctions and how to address them:

1. Unpressed Switch Button 

First, attach the safety pull pin.

The Bowflex machine won’t turn on without the safety pull pin. Next is to locate the ON/OFF Button and flip the switch to ON.

Wait for it to start, and then press start to begin your workout.

2. Damaged Cord and Cable Wires

A power supply cord essentially connects the unit to the electrical mains. Ensure that the cord is fully connected from the unit to the outlet.

Your machine may not be working because of a damaged cord or wire.

Check for cuts or improper crimps on the lugs.

You must replace the damaged power cord and cable wires immediately to reduce the risk of electric shock and fires.

3. Malfunctioning Electrical Outlet  

If there are no damaged cords and cable wires, it must be your faulty electrical wall outlet!

Try testing your outlet with a smaller device. Plug in the device and see if it works. If not, ask a technician to repair it, or find another easy-access electrical working outlet.

5. Belt Malfunction

Malfunctioning belts are not normal. These usually occur if you hear odd noises when you walk on the belt.

There’s not enough lubrication on the belt. This causes more friction between the belt and the platform, especially at a faster speed.

How can I resolve this belt issue? Habitually lubricate your belt before using it.

4. Screen Display Malfunction and Error Code

Problems in the control panel are from worn batteries or crimped cords and cracked or damaged screens. Replace them all.

If there’s a rapid status LED blinking, disconnect and reconnect the unit from the outlet after 30 seconds to fix the error.

Another problem is error codes displayed on the screen. Check the user’s manual for elaborated instructions on how to troubleshoot.

Still Encountering the Same Problem After Troubleshooting?

If you can’t stand getting the same error after troubleshooting, it’s time to phone the unit manufacturer.

If you have called Bowflex and got no response, review the connection site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that we’ve covered the most common issues in troubleshooting your machine, let’s proceed with the FAQs:

How Do I Restart My Treadmill?

To know how to restart your machine, identify what version of the Bowflex treadmill you have.

The reset button location varies depending on the treadmill version. It is best to check out your user’s manual for detailed resetting instructions.

Is Switching to Manual Mode Better?

Yes, sometimes. You can adjust your speed at your own pace.

The belt will move as you do. You won’t need to operate the console to adjust speed or incline.

Where Can I Buy a Replacement Safety Key for My Treadmill?

A popular place to purchase replacement safety keys is Amazon. There are also other reliable stores where you can get a universal one.

But if you want to save money, you may contact your Bowflex unit manufacturer. You can get a replacement directly from them.

Why Is My Bowflex TreadClimber Not Working?

  • Calibration errors
  • Unlubricated belts
  • Loose belt connections
  • Faulty electrical wirings and outlet

To know more about troubleshooting your Bowflex TreadClimber, access their user manual or call customer service for assistance.


We hope this quick guide helped you troubleshoot your Bowflex fitness equipment.

It is essential to always keep them in good condition so that machines will last longer for each workout.

When in doubt, always check the belts, cables, and wires!

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