Grandfather Clock Chime Issues

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Grandfather Clock Chime Issues

When a grandfather clock has issues with the chime functioning these are some basic corrections. The chime is the song that plays every 15 minutes and not to be confused with the strike. The strike is what calls out the hours after it is done with the chime song. This section will resolve chime issues that are not the fault of the clock movement itself. In other words what falls into the realm of being a set up issue instead of a movement issue. Please note that post WW2 German mechanical clocks are designed so that if turning the hands fast or stop the clock for a long while it may not chime for up to 3/4 of an hour. This is because the clock is looking for the top of the hour so it does not lose its place as to when to chime.

Could be looking for the top of the hour

First thing to do is see if it chimes after 3/4 of an hour. Go forward with the minute hand with fingers while going slow past the quarters. A faint click can be heard and at that point pause and see if it starts chiming. If it does not chime go forward to the next and the next quarter. If the minute hand goes all the way around for an hour with no chime, continue to the next section.

Silent switch and roll pin

There may be a switch at the 3 o'clock and this switch turns the chimes on or off. If the clock is a triple chime movement, meaning it has three songs, it will have the song selection and also silent on this switch. The movement may have this switch but the dial may not have a slot to get at it on some Westminster only units. If this is the situation access it from the back of the clock instead. Not all movements have the silence switch. So if there is no switch then this cannot be the reason for no chimes.

If it's a Westminster only unit, UP is off and DOWN is chime. However, only if there is a switch. When the clock selector switch is on chime and still does not work, the next thing to check is a jam in the roll pin. To correct this pull all the chime side hammers back all at once and then let go. This will release a jam in the chime roll pin and let it bounce into position. Shipping may cause the roll pin to jam up like this. Changing the chime song when the current song is in midstream can cause this same issue.

Weights, cables, or chains not right

Confirm the heaviest weight is on the right while facing the clock. This is the chime side of the clock and requires the heaviest weight of them all. Check the cables or chains that they are not rubbing anything on their way down to the weight. In other words, the chains or cables do not rub the seat board, pinch or wrap around the movement pillar, or anything like this. They should be straight from the ratchet wheel or cable drum and straight down to the clock weight with nothing rubbing. If the cable or chain is rubbing something it will cause resistance. Resistance is what makes a clock stop because there is not enough weight to drive through whatever is rubbing. So if the chain or cable is rubbing something it's the same as not having the right amount of weight on the clock.

ANSO = Automatic Night Shut Off is on

Higher end mechanical clock movements sometimes include an ANSO feature. This stands for Automatic night shut off, and the intention is to have the clock be silent automatically from 10pm to 7am (usually). It is possible that it thinks it's night when it's really day, and therefore will not chime. If the clock does not chime it will not strike, so therefore the clock remains silent. This being a mechanical clock, it has no sensors to determine on its own what is night or day. Solution is to go around 12 hours with the clock hands. If there is an ANSO feature on the clock movement the switch would usually be on the left when facing the clock at 9 o'clock. On some movements it is between the hand shaft and the 3 o'clock selection switch in the middle of the dial.

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Janice McClelland
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Janice McClelland

Our gramfather clock keeps good time, chimes on time and in the correct sequence, and the heavy chime weight is on the right. Everything should be fine. Except the notes have started randomly chiming with an irregular rhythm, not the steady quarter note rhythm instead, there are randomly occurring eighth notes. I should add that a few months ago, I would occasionally hear a metallic “sproing” sound but I haven’t noticed that in some time.

Is there anything we can do here at home to correct the problem?

Thanks.

Rob weber
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Rob weber

Hi, I have a Urgos grandfather clock. The number to the left of Urgos is UW66029. It has two levers , one at 3 and one at 9. The one on the left is for day/night operation and the one on the right is for chime and silence operation. When in night mode or in silence mode the minute hand will stop after some hours of operation. When pushing the minute hand to reset the time the hand feel stuck and hard to push as if it is hung up somehow. The clock works fine in day mode and normal… Read more »

Janell Swanson
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Janell Swanson

I have a Sligh Md 0903-1-AN and the chime selector will not stay in place All was well until the last time it was wound up. It has 3 different chime sounds and a silent. If you move it up, when you let go it falls back to the bottom. Any help would be appreciatd

Susan
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Susan

My c!com chimes but it is chiming 20 minutes late. 7:00 rings at 7:20.

Kevin Knoblett
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Kevin Knoblett

We have an older model Howard Miller grandfather clock that will often times not chime on the hour but simply strike the time. Additionally, the chime notes are often not correct; for example, 3/4 hour chimes at the 1/4 hour, or 1/4 hour chimes at half past. Any thoughts on how I might correct this?

Philip Smith
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Philip Smith
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i would like to know if you can slow the chimes down mine runs though the hourly chime in about 10 seconds i recently paid a person to replace the mechanism in the clock and now it seems fast

Sherry Knuckles
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Sherry Knuckles

I have a grandfather clock it chimes fine but doesn’t strike out the hour

Penny
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Penny

I have the same problem. It chimes correctly every 15 minutes, but when it gets to the hour, won’t strike the hour. It did until a few days ago. I forgot to pull the chains to wind it, and the weights went all the way to the bottom. After I set it, the hour strike stopped working.

SUE WINDHAGER
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SUE WINDHAGER

Our timing is correct, but somehow we have caused the chimes to ring 18 minutes late at each quarter hour. How do we adjust this?

John Rivenburg
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John Rivenburg

I have acquired a Howard Miller Grandfather clock. When it chimes the hour, they are all accurate! However, when it chimes the hour 9, it only bongs 8. This is all the time, not randomly……

Val
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Val

I have a Revere Grandfather clock that was working fine until we moved it to instal new carpet. The pendulum, and weights were removed and the put back when we moved the clock back. Now the right and left weights are not moving. The clock is working, the chime and strike is working, just the r/l weights aren’t working. Any suggestions?

Matt Jones
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Matt Jones

Recently the strike has slowed considerably. What used take about a second per stroke now takes about 2-3 seconds per stroke. What could be the problem? Thanks, Matt

Benjie Harris
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Benjie Harris

The clock chimes the hour at 3/4 of the hour. How do I correct?

Matt Jones
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Matt Jones

The strike has become very slow, like 5-6 seconds between strike. It was quite quick, like a second between strikes. Is this adjustable? Matt

Jack Nelson
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Jack Nelson

The pendulum is not swinging continuously

Jolene Nauman
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Jolene Nauman

Our clock runs perfectly, but only every other hour. How do we fix it?

Shannon Day
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Shannon Day

We just acquired a King Arthur grandfather clock at an online auction. The weights and pendulum were lying at the bottom of the clock when we picked it up. When we brought it home, we put it back together with the help of some googling, we’ve never owned one. Now the clock is keeping time. The middle weight is moving down but the other 2 on the sides are not. We can hear the faint “click” when it’s about to chime, but the clock will not chime. There is no “silent” button or lever anywhere, front or back. There is… Read more »

Phil Forbes
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Phil Forbes

Question: My Hermle grandfather clock worked great for 20 years. recently the clock seems to be constantly resetting. It will chime right on the hour, then reset at 30 minute mark, chime the 30 minute mark at the 3/4 hour, chime 3/4 hour at the hour mark, reset, then get back on track for another hour, and then reset again. This cycle happens over and over. What can we do?

Peter Trickett
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Peter Trickett

I have a sligh grandfather clock and the night slide switch keeps sliding back down, why has has it stopped working?

Joyce M Melton
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Joyce M Melton

Recently I was gone for several days and when I returned home I noticed the center weight on my grandfather clock had fallen to the floor of the clock and was laying crooked. I drew up all three weights and the clock is running and keeping perfect time, but will not chime. Have I damaged the center chain/weight?

Cynthia
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Cynthia

My grandfather clock chimes slowly. It strikes appropriately and the weights are in the correct positions. It has cables not chains. Is there something I can do to increase the chiming speed?

Billie Evans
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Billie Evans

My grandfather clock just stopped chiming and counting down the time. Keeps perfect time Just want chime now count down

Earnest. Williams
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Earnest. Williams

My grandfather clock stop chiming the selector was between strick and silence thanks for tip clock chime fine

Tatiana Bright
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Tatiana Bright

Why the clock “confused” the ANSO and doesn’t chime at a day time when it’s ANSO off, but chime when it’s ANSO on?

John Karabetsos
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John Karabetsos

Have an Grandfather Clock with UW 66 Urgos Westminster Chime and triple Chime with Auto Night Silencer. Chime weight and chain slipped out. Had clock repairman who put chain and weight back on and now works fine but night time interruption will not engage and it is not because of 12 hour as it will also continue to chime during all 24 hours.

Dennis Howard
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Dennis Howard

Morning, I have a “Standing Grandfather Clock” purchased nearly 50 yrs ago by my parents. After its move from Fl to Il 2 yrs ago it performed well with minor adjustments.
I recently moved it from my home office to our dining area. It is level front to back, side to side with no restrictions of weight chains or strikers.
Suffering 3 major issues:
* stops keeping time
* Chimes (3) plays but extremely low tone
* Hour strikes but with no sound

Currently I’m like a church mouse with no song n joy!

rochelle
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rochelle

The chime lever that changes the different tones is stuck. I cannot change to a different tone

rochelle
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rochelle

The clock lever is stuck in one position. I cannot change the tones or to the off position

Doug
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Doug

I have a kit grandfather clock I built with my Grandfather, the clock keeps good time, the hourly chime works, the melody doesn’t play, the mechanism turns and the hammers move but they don’t strike the chimes. Any suggestions ? It did work at one time, the correct weight is on the right side, and I did pull the hammers back all at once, I don’t think the roller is jammed because it turns the hammers just don’t strike the chimes. The setting is not in the silent position.

Mickey
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Mickey

My chimes are off 15 minutes. How do I fix?

Jessica Mattingly
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Jessica Mattingly

We have a Hermle Grandfather Clock Model 451-050H. We recently moved the clock from my grandparents house where it has sit, not working for many, many years. We carefully removed weights and labeled each position as well as the pendulum. After setting it up we reset chains and set time. After a couple of adjustments to pendulum it is keeping perfect time. When moving the minute hand each quarter hour it chimes correctly and we then set it to correct hour with the number of strikes given. After the first hour of working properly, you can hear it “click” but… Read more »

Doug Hioffman
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My clock will.strike every 15 minutes but will.not ring on the Hour? What could Be wrong?

Martin Smith
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Martin Smith

After leaving the house with friends we find that someone has stopped the strike (as it was affecting their sleep). We now cannot get it to strike on the hour although I can lift the lever gently at the back of the face plate, the butterfly whirls away and the striker hits the bell striking the correct number but it doesn’t want to do it by itself. It cannot be too much but I could do with some help.
The clock is made by A Allwood if that helps

Darlene
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Darlene

I acquired a beautiful Howard Miller 610415 Braeburn Mahogany Grandfather clock. The chime and strike work; however, they are playing at the same time (overlapping). What is the cause? Is it a simple or expensive repair? Can I do it myself? Please advise – thanks!

JIM WALLACE
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JIM WALLACE

I have a Daneker Grandmother clock that quit striking on the hour. The chimes work fine and it keeps time pretty good. I believe it was wound too tight, so I loosened the chain, but it still won’t strike the hours. Do you have any suggestions what to look for?

Shawn Pennington
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Shawn Pennington

I had my grandfather clock made at a factory in the Black forest when stationed in Germany. Ive moved it multiple times and never had any issues. Now the chimes arent working. The chain is free moving, the 20lv weight is on the right, and the roll moves every quarter hour but the strikers arent striking. The do move, when i pull them back and release them. Any suggestions?

David spera
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David spera

My clock chimes every quarter correctly but at the 3/4 mark it chimes the hour also

karl F bodenheimer
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My gandfather clock, a Daneker President has started chiming an extra hour each hour. Chimes 2 to 13. There is a small gap before it does the extra chime. Is there an easy adjustment?

Paul Vellano
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My ridgeway sometimes, more often now, gets stuck in teh silent mode. It keeps time and if you loosen the movement , it chimes . I’ve taken it manually for twelve hours and oiled around but it soon stops chiming after a few hours and just clicks. I’m told there is a locking pin out of position. but I don’t know where that is or what to do about it

Steve
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Steve

Is the anso lever pushed up on Howard Miller grandfather clocks to shut off at night?

Charles Berman
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Charles Berman

I have Pearl Grandfather clock with a chime problem, it doesn’t. It had worked in the past but had developed a problem after sitting a while and the being moved.
The clock keeps good time but there is no chimes at all. At one time it was chiming randomly but not now. There was point that if I moved the silent lever to off and then on I would get one strike but not now. The heaviest weight is on the right side. Only the middle weight moves down. It also has a moon dial.

cherie royal
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I asked this same question. I have a pearl and i can make it strike properly if I move the silent , chime switch. Keeps great time but just wont chime. Have you gotten any advice on this?

Bob
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Bob

Hi, we have a JE Caldwell grandfather clock. If it is set to strike only it does, if it is set to chime only it does but if is set to do both it will chime on time but will not strike until the chimes are turned off. Any thoughts? Thank you

Beverly
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Beverly

Where is the on off for the chime? Mine has nothing by the 3 or the 9 and no turnkey

KEITH H CARLSON
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I have a triple chime Grandfather clock that a friend moved the chime lever during chiming to “shut it off” It is now totally loose and the chimes don’t come on. Thoughts??
keith carlson

Lowery Kevin
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I have the same problem

Lowery Kevin
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I switched from silent to chime now doesn’t chime right

MR KEITH HARBAGE
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Hello,
My Westminster chime doesn’t strike on the first quarter, then once on the half hour , twice on the three quarter and three times on the hour, followed by the right number of chimes for the hour. After that it doesn’t strike at all for the next hour, until it gets to the 12 when it does the full chime (four quarters , plus the hour). Then it misses the first quarter and so on as before.
Any suggestions to fix this problem, please?

Nate Khan
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Nate Khan

My clock works well but when it reaches the hour it chimes continuously and the only way to stop the chime is to remove the weight on the left side. why is that?

Steve Kankiewicz
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Steve Kankiewicz

When pulling up the weights the weight came off the chain and then the chain came all the way up and off the sprocket on the strike side…..put chain back on the sprocket and put weight back on but clock won’t strike now…..can you help?

Manny
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Manny

After ultrasonic cleaning, my Ridgeway grandfather clock with a Hermle 1161-853BS, 94 cm movement goes through the Westminster melody 2-1/4 times at the quarter hour. Thereafter it will not chime again at the other 15 minute intervals or strike the hour. What can be done? Thanks in advance for any help that you can offer.

Larry John Wooldridge
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My grandfather clock wont chime the hour.

Arnold J Minor
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Arnold J Minor

My grandfather clock strikes the right number of times from 1 to 6 From 7 ty 12 it strikes only once how do I correct