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There are a number of things that can cause this. The most obvious is to ensure the weights have been wound up (either by pulling the chain or using the key that comes with the clock). Next is to ensure the clock isn't on "silent" mode. Some clocks, especially the more expensive models, have a small pull rod just behind the clock face. You can usually find it by opening the front door, and looking just under the wood frame the surrounds the clock face. Pull or push to enable/disable silent mode. The next option is to look at the clock face/dial itself, check to ensure it's not on silent. Sometimes there is a lever on the right or left of the clock face. Next, some "triple chime" clocks have either a turn dial or lever on the left or right of the clock face. This lever usually has four options Westminster, St. Michael's, whittington and silent. Check to ensure it's not on silent. If it's on for example Westminister, try moving it to St. Michaels. If the clock then starts to chime, you know there is an issue with the movement that needs repaired. You can also open the clock, if you feel comfortable and check the lifting levers aren't stuck, I've found this a few times. Additionally, while it's a bit hard to explain, on some movements there is a long rod that pulls almost all of the rods back at the same to make the "bonging" sound when the hour chime arrives. This sometimes ends up misplaced on the wrong side of the chime hammers. As you can see there are a number of things that can cause a clock to stop chiming, but a little research on your model and some confidence and you can usually fix most problems fairly easily. The only exception is if the movement has been neglected over the years (failure to oil etc), in which case a rebuild may be required.?
whenever the battery is weak the chime changes....whenever you change battery the clock chimes to the last time it chimed so...try setting your clock to next hour of chime n then move the hands of clock to next hour n your clock will chime accordingly.....
in this way waiting for chime to finish ...set to clock to present time ....waiting for it to chime every time the minute hand passes 12
First see if changing the time with the battery out changes the time without changing the cycle on the chime - I could just imagine somebody adjusting the clock for daylight savings and the clock doesn't change it's chime cycle correctly with the battery a certain way - in or out - maybe it's the opposite and you have to take the battery out and somebody didn't now you have to leave it in.
Check the internet for the original manual if you know the model.
Look for clues to setting the chime on the back? is there a separate knob - are the batteries both good?
Still not working after playing with it? Here is the mechanical way to fix it:
Sounds great, but it still is chiming the wrong time after playing with it? This will fix it:
Set the clock for exactly at the chime - I suggest 3 o'clock chime - the hands will be wrong (2 or 4 or whatever)
Remove the battery(s) - I do custom imprinted clock faces and it seems to me that 3 o'clock is the easy place for me to put the hands back.
Take the clock apart - usually it is tiny screws on the back, or you will see 3 or 4 v shaped wires. push the v wire out of one side - they are springs that some clocks use to hold the rim instead of the screws - they are easier than they look - just pull one side and remove.
Gently pull up each hand off the shaft. I hope you have fingernails.
Replace the hands back at exactly the time that they are supposed to be (3 o'clock in my example) - you start with the hour hand and gently push on the spindle make it look level and all the way on - then the minute hand at 12 also level
Remember to play with the time first so you'll be happy that you put the hands exactly where the chime should start.
Remember to make that time be exactly on the hour with the small hand and exactly on the 12 with the big hand so the hands line up correctly.
If you've had the clock for a number of years, or if it was purchased as old stock, the movement may just be bad. If it has a Hermle brand movement that holds two C cell batteries, make sure to use new Duracell batteries. That's the only quartz movement I've seen that specifically requires a particular brand of battery. I have used Varta brand, which is an equivalent that seems to work fine as well. You may need to check with your local clock shop, or search for clock repair in your general area.
It is normal for the average wall clock. Of course, this can be adjusted, but without watch/clockmaking knowledge it is impossible, because first you need to find out which part of the movement is causing early chiming - and there are plenty of them. Super fine adjustment can be found only in top of the range clocks. Hundreds of hours of craftsmenship are spent to adjust and fine tune them. That's why they cost a fortune. If you can not live with that early chiming, you have to bring your clock down to the watch/clock repair shop and ask for help. Be ready to pay quite a money, as this job takes the skill and a lot of time.
Howard Miller offers this feature: This is how it works.
Automatic Night-Time Silencing Option Grandfather Clocks will offer a night time shutoff option. There are 3 options on this lever. 1) "Night On" - This will keep the chime striking 24 hours 2) "Night Off" - This position will turn off the chiming between 10:15PM and 7:00AM 3) "Strike" - This position will allow the movement to strike the hour without the Westminster melody if the other Westminster melody lever is turned to Silent.
Take the batteries out from the base, where the chime mechanism is. Wait till it gets close (20 seconds till) to a specific hour time, like 8:00 or 9:00, replace the batteries for the chime mechanism. And then count the chimes at the hour. If they are correct, you are set. If they are incorrect, turn the time back 15 minutes before the hour and bring it right back and monitor the chimes again. Hopefully this should fix it. Please post the results.