Fixing an Antique Grandmother Clock That Stops Running

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When you first buy an antique grandmother clock, you may be disappointed to find that it doesn't work consistently after being placed in your home. Even clocks that kept time perfectly prior to being moved may stop in a new location, and keeping your new clock going can quickly become an irritating routine. Grandmother clocks are significantly smaller than the more familiar grandfather models, but they run on the same principles. A clock-restoration expert can help you identify the mechanical problem with your clock to fix the issue once and for all. 

Applying Basic Maintenance 

Whenever you pick up an antique clock, it's a good idea to have it looked over by a professional. During this evaluation, a restoration specialist can notice any signs of age or damage as well as lubricate moving parts that need fresh oil. A clock that cannot move smoothly will eventually lose its beat and stop, so this step may be all it takes to keep your grandmother clock running constantly. 

Measuring the Beat of Your Clock

If that quick fix fails to solve the problem, you are likely dealing with an unbalanced pendulum. The pendulum swings along with the time train, but if it isn't aligned correctly, it will take longer to swing one way than the other. You should be able to hear this as a slightly off rhythm in the ticking of your clock. Your clock-restoration service will be able to measure the precise interval between ticks to determine whether or not they are keeping time as intended. 

Leveling the Mechanism

Once you have identified the cause, your restoration technician may recommend a few different methods to get your clock ticking and chiming in time once again. The first is to adjust the pendulum itself to create a more efficient swing, allowing the clock to keep time where it is. Your other option is to move the clock to a more level surface or consider mounting it on the wall. This usually doesn't take long to adjust, but if you aren't familiar with the mechanisms of a clock, you may be better off leaving it to a professional. 

Replacing Worn Parts in the Time Train 

On the off-chance that your clock still stops ticking after running for a while, it will be time to conduct a more in-depth investigation into its internal workings. Worn or broken parts can create unnecessary friction, causing the whole mechanism to grind to a halt. These can only be fixed by replacing them, and it can be difficult to track down replacement parts for antique grandmother clocks. If you have tried everything and still can't keep your new clock running, schedule an appointment with a local clock-restoration service such as John Gill Clock Repair to find the real problem and begin working out a solution. 

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26 October 2016

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