clock repair

Mantle clock repair

In case the pendulum in your mantel clock stops swinging it is time to affect mantle clock repairs. One of the first things that have to be done is checking if the mantel has been wound up and whether this is enough to make the pendulum swing. A mantel clock generally has a swinging pendulum or it may also be equipped with a balance wheel that regulates time. To know whether there your mantel clock has a swinging pendulum or a balance wheel, you should take a look through the back of the mantel.

Balance wheel

In case you fail to spy a pendulum at the back of the clock movement you know that this mantel clock has a balance wheel. However, the pendulum and/or balance wheel will always be driven by a very strong spring. So, when affecting mantle clock repairs be sure to check that the pendulum swing has been properly wound. Remember to wind it all the way and do not worry that this will lead to over-winding the mainspring.

Multiple springs

In case, your mantel clock has multiple numbers of swings and you are unsure about the arbor operating the pendulum, and then simply wind all the springs up. Once this is done, touch the pendulum and give it a gentle tug so that it starts running. In case the mantel clock uses a balance wheel, then the only real mantle clock repair effort required is to wind up the clock which will get the wheel ticking. If you succeed, you will soon hear a ticking sound which is just like what you hear in a watch.

Stopped clock

Another common reason for affecting mantle clock repairs is when the clock has stopped because its hands are touching each other. If the two hands touch each other, it is guaranteed that the clock will stop working. To find out whether this is the reason why your clock has stopped working, inspect the two hands very carefully. In case the hands are touching each other then there is reason to suspect that this has jammed the movement and the pendulum will stop swinging.

Hour hand

To affect proper mantle clock repairs, simply move the hour hand a bit to each side and also push it toward the dial without causing it to touch the dial. This simple mantle clock repair step can help in clearing the minute hand. If the hands continue to touch even after this step, then try bending the minute hand ever so slightly and towards you. This should provide the necessary clearance between the two hands.

Moving the mantel clock?

A third reason why people need to affect mantle clock repairs is when they have moved their mantel clocks. If the clock has been moved it can cause the clock case to lean at a different angle as compared to its previous location. To ensure that the mantel clock works, you should ensure that its case is placed on an absolutely level surface. However, with the passage of time, clock cases may warp and this can cause the clock to stop working. In such an instance, lift the left side of the clock and listen to the ticking sound. If it seems out of whack then lift the right side. Once the ticking sounds balanced you will know that the clock is working properly. This problem will not arise if the mantel clock has a balance wheel instead of a pendulum.

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