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A Dead Treadmill Was Brought Back To Life. Model York

By on August 12, 2020
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A close friend of mine called me about a treadmill repair and asked if he can come to the shop right away. When the customer arrived, he was carrying the power board of the treadmill to be repaired. I do not usually do any repair unless the whole machine is present at the shop but it was a difficult time with the corona virus and I was willing to give the guy a break.

how to repair treadmill mainboard

 I headed directly to the Mosfet and the big diode on that board.

fixing treadmill board

If you look to the marked section of the board; that is a varistor that was taken off for inspection.

The varistor was shorted and the diode was found to be ok but the Mosfet was completely shorted to all three pins. Mosfet Part number IRFP450.

irfp450 fet

irfp450 datasheet

Please click on the above to access the IRFP450 Datasheet

As I installed the new Varistor and the Mosfet, I found some silicon compound holding the two thermal resistors together. It is usually white material that they add to hold down the resistors on that board especially during the shipping and also to avoid getting them loose due to the vibration of the machine when the engine is running. So I cleaned that area because the material dried up and was getting conductive; I added new material to hold down these two resistors to the board.

I drove to the customer’s house and I installed the board on that machine and powered it up. The belt started moving and I let it run for a few minutes then I let some one give it a try and see if it can hold his weight without shutting down.I could not take a photo of the customer on that machine because he did not want to be seen so I have to trim the photo and just show the engine spinning.

irfp450 fet in treadmill power board

Mission Accomplished.

This article was prepared for you by Waleed Rishmawi, one of our ‘Master Authors’ and currently working in the Bethlehem area of Palestine repairing electrical and electronic equipment.

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  1. Gilberto

    August 12, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Durante algunos años trabajé en un club deportivo como jefe de mantenimiento y, aunque hubo algunas tarjetas dañadas, nunca intentamos repararlas; siempre fueron enviadas al proveedor o se compraban nuevas.
    Felicidades en esta reparación!!
    For some years I worked in a sports club as head of maintenance and, although there were some damaged cards, we never tried to repair them; they were always sent to the supplier or bought new.
    Congratulations on this repair!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      August 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Gilberto: thanks man. usually with these kind of cards the mosfet or the diode are shorted and the cause of that usually the misuse of the machine. have a blessed day

  2. Parasuraman S

    August 12, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    You have not only put back the Treadmill in working order, but allowed many to check the condition of the heart, which means you got entered into their hearts indirectly, collecting their boons! Well done, dear friend!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      August 13, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Parasuraman: thanks man and thanks for the continuous encouragement and your beautiful sweet words. have a blessed day

  3. Albert van Bemmelen

    August 13, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Not bad at all making these rather expensive machines run like new by fixing the electronic board! I know that most of these machine are manufactured in Taiwan, and getting spare parts or service manuals for them is really hard! And sellers rather sell new treadmill machines after they have been used for about 8 to 10 years! The about 100V motors also can be used to run on a 12V DC battery voltage (a way to check if these motors are still okay). And they probably also do great in windmill generator projects.

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      August 13, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Albert: thanks man.
      the motors voltages run between 100 up to 280 dc volts. it all depends on what kind of machines. some machines are made for the home use and others are made for professional use like in the Gym. I have plenty of parts for these boards and I know of a guy who is main job fixing this kind of machines. have a blessed day

  4. Yogesh Panchal

    August 14, 2020 at 1:33 am

    You have given us encouragement to slowly slowly expanding adventure to repair different type of equipment well done bro!

    • Waleed Rishmawi

      August 15, 2020 at 12:58 am

      Yogesh: I am so glad to hear that. Have a blessed day

  5. Kris

    August 15, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Well done!!!

  6. Waleed Rishmawi

    August 15, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Kris: thanks. have a blessed day

  7. Osama

    February 27, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Good job
    I need to know the name of the virstor

    • Anibal

      April 8, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Did you found the name of the varistor?

  8. Anibal

    April 8, 2021 at 11:17 am

    I have a board and the varistor is burned i want to replace it but i dont know what kind of varistor use because it was dark and I can't see it..

  9. Norbert

    August 19, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Have you got details for the varistor, please?


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