Specialty fitness equipment surge protectors

Specialty Fitness Equipment Surge Protectors

Trouble shooting for treadmills, incline and vibration trainers

It’s a common problem with an easy fix: A customer gets a new treadmill, is excited to use it and plugs it in, only to have the power surge and turn off.

Before you call an electrician or service person from the fitness store, there are some simple troubleshooting tips to try.


Most modern homes have two types of outlets: GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) or AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter).

Both styles of outlets will “trip” if a hazardous condition is detected in the home’s wiring. However, because of the outlet’s design, treadmills and incline trainers do not interact well with GFCI or AFCI outlets.

You probably won’t be trying to plug specialty fitness equipment into GFCI outlets, which are usually located in bathrooms or kitchens. They are often marked by a red or white reset switch on the plate. GFCI outlets will flip their breakers if there is too much power flowing through the ground port.

If you plug a treadmill into a GFCI outlet, it will likely trip the breaker and shut down the machine. 

*AFCI outlets are manufactured to detect electrical arcs and will shut down the flow of electricity if detected. Treadmills and incline trainers often have problems operating on AFCI outlets.

Building codes require that many new homes have GFCI and AFCI outlets. Your machine may trip your home breaker through a GFCI or AFCI outlet.

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