Tips For Getting Your Antique Mantel Clock Back In Running Order

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If you recently inherited an antique mantel clock that is not running, then you will be happy to know you might be able to fix it. Even if you do not know anything about clock repair and restoration, you can still perform some basic troubleshooting that often restores the timekeeping function for most antique clocks.

To fix your antique clock, follow these steps:

Step 1: Check to Make Sure the Clock's Hands Aren't Touching the Glass 

Before you perform any advanced troubleshooting on your mantle clock, first you should check the common things that often disable clocks from keeping time. If the clock was working before you moved it to your home, then its hands could have become slightly bent during transit.

Start your troubleshooting with a quick sideways look into the glass covering the clock's dial. Make sure that neither one of the hands is touching the inside of the protective glass. If a hand is in contact with the glass, then you need to unscrew the glass and gently bend the hand back into place.

Step 2: Check to Make Sure the Movement is Wound

Since antique clocks don't run on electricity or batteries, they have spring movements that need to be wound every few days. Before further troubleshooting, check to make sure the clock's movement is wound. To prevent damage to the clock's spring, don't overwind the clock.

Step 3: Fixing an Out-of-Balance Clock

If your antique mantel clock is making some ticking noises but isn't keeping the right time or is sounds strange, then it is very likely out of balance. While you should hear a steady tick-tock sound that repeats over and over again, out-of-balance clocks will make tock-tock-tick-tick and other various sounds instead.

To fix an out-of-balance clock, place a small wood shim or another stable item underneath one side of the clock. If the situation gets worse, then move the shim to the other end of the clock. With a shim or two, you can safely balance the clock without ever removing its case. 

Step 4: Take Your Clock to a Repair Shop

Finally, if none of the above steps fix the problem with your antique mantel clock, then you should take it to a high-quality clock repair shop in your local area. Clocks are very sensitive and technically challenging machines that sometimes require professional repair. Rather than running the risk of damaging your clock, take it to a professional at businesses like John Gill Clock Repair who can clean and repair it properly.

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