Your rower is engineered and manufactured to the strictest industry standards and tolerances. All rowers, no matter the manufacturer, have a multitude of moving linkages and parts. Be aware that even with the tightest mechanical tolerances there still could be a slight amount of play between some parts. This inherent play can result in slight noises during use such as clicks and small thumps. Please expect that your rower will not be completely silent.
In the event you need to order a replacement part for your Spirit rower, please contact the Spirit Service Department and be prepared to provide the following information:
- Your name
- Dealer location
- Date of purchase
- Machine serial number
You can contact the Spirit Service Department by calling 800-258-8511 for assistance. Please have a valid credit card prepared for payment should you decide to purchase a replacement part.
Service agents are available Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 7:00pm CST.
Identifying the Noise
Before you troubleshoot the machine’s inner components, start by determining the following:
- Where the noise is coming from. Figure out where the noise seems to be coming from on your machine and prioritize this area when troubleshooting.
- How often the noise occurs. Knowing whether the noise occurs consistently throughout the entire rotation of your rowing motion, or whether it occurs only once or twice per rotation, will help narrow down the source of the noise.
- When the noise occurs. Determine if the noise occurs every time you row, or if it only occurs during certain instances. The noise may only occur (or become more noticeable) when your rower is at a particular resistance setting, when it is connected to power, or when you use your machine in a particular way. If your rower is powered by an outlet, try rowing with the machine unplugged to see if the noise still occurs.
- If you can “feel” the noise during use. Knowing whether the noise coincides with part of your rowing motion will further narrow down potential causes.
Types of Rower Noise
Causes of rower noise include the surface on which the rower is placed and using the rower incorrectly. Mechanical causes include worn bearings and belts or loose belts and other parts. Some rower noise during operation is normal; the friction of the parts rubbing together creates some amount of noise.
To prevent rower noise from improper use, place the rower on a lightly carpeted surface or place a mat underneath it. Before each use, check for loose parts and tighten as needed. To address mechanical noise causes, inspect and replace bearings and belts, if necessary.
- A grinding sound near the front of the rower that only occurs when you row may be coming from a loose or defective crank, pulley, or flywheel bearing. For assistance resolving this noise, please contact the Spirit Service Department at 800-258-8511.
Squeaking and/or Squealing Noise
To keep your rower operating smoothly and reduce noise, you may apply a small amount of silicone spray once weekly to the pulleys and bearings. Spirit does not recommend the use of lubricants or other cleaning solutions to resolve squeaking. Use of lubricants or cleaning solutions other than those specified will result in diminished performance and a shorter life span for that part.
- When there’s a squeak coming from the flywheel area, it could be caused by friction between the V-belt and the pulley(s). Inspect the belt for any damage and clean the pulley(s). Apply a small amount of silicone spray. If this cleaning does not resolve the noise, you may need to replace a pulley or adjust the V-belt. If your rower is still within the limitations of its warranty, please contact the Spirit Service Department at 800-258-8511 for assistance.
- If you have a squeak in the same general area as your rower belt mechanism and you’re sure a dirty or worn belt isn’t the problem, a loose screw may be the culprit. Check each of your rower's screws and see if any have come loose. Retighten to see if it solves the problem. For additional assistance, please contact the Spirit Service Department at 800-258-8511.