How do I get the chimes to work on a howard miller grandfather clock they worked fine till I rewound the weights and stopped
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.?
Dec 02, 2017 |