A well-maintained pendulum clock can last for centuries, but eventually even the most sturdy of clocks will need some repairs. If your beloved pendulum clock starts to slow down or stop working altogether, don’t panic! It is most likely a problem that can be easily fixed. We’ll walk you through the basics of repairing a pendulum clock, so you can get your timepiece ticking again in no time.
1. Disconnect the pendulum
The first step in repairing a pendulum clock is to disconnect the pendulum. This can be done by either unscrewing the nut at the top of the pendulum or by gently pulling on the chain. Once the pendulum is disconnected, it can be safely removed from the clock.
2. Check the suspension spring
One of the most common problems with pendulum clocks is that the suspension spring becomes broken or disconnected. This can be caused by a number of things, such as the weight of the pendulum swinging too far, vibration or simply wear and tear. To check the suspension spring, take off the pendulum bob and gently move the suspended weight to one side. If the weight moves easily, then the suspension spring is likely broken and will need to be replaced.
3. Lubricate the clock
One common issue with pendulum clocks is that the lubricant eventually dries up, which can lead to the gears grinding against each other and slowing down the clock. To prevent this, it's important to lubricate the clock on a regular basis. You can buy a special clock oil, or you can use a household oil like olive or vegetable oil. Simply apply a small amount to the gears and let it soak in. Wipe away any excess oil with a soft cloth.
4. Check the weights
One of the first things you should do is check the weights. If they're off balance, it can cause the clock to stop working properly. To fix this, you'll need to remove the weights and reset them on the pendulum arm. Be very careful when doing this—the weights are heavy and can cause injury if you're not careful.
5. Hang the pendulum and test the clock
Now it's time to hang the pendulum. Make sure the clock is still unplugged and find the small hole at the top of the clock case. Screw in the metal hook that came with your pendulum until it's secure. Gently lower the pendulum into the hook and make sure it hangs freely. Plug in your clock and set it on a level surface. The pendulum should oscillate (swing back and forth) for a full minute. If it doesn't, there might be something wrong with your pendulum or clock case and you'll need to take it to a professional to get it fixed.
Pendulum clocks are delicate pieces of machinery that need to be handled with care. If your pendulum clock is not functioning properly, there are a few things you can do to try to repair it. First, disconnect the pendulum and check the suspension spring. If it is broken, you will need to replace it. Next, lubricate the clock. This will help keep the gears moving smoothly. Finally, check the weights to make sure they are properly aligned. If they are not, adjust them accordingly. Once you have completed these steps, re-hang the pendulum and test the clock. If it is still not working properly, take it to a professional for further assistance.