Clocks services and repairs
A well-made grandfather clock is an heirloom piece, designed to be handed down from generation to generation. As such, they are made to last over several lifetimes. In fact, some grandfather clocks from the 1700s and 1800s are still in existence today. With such a long lifespan, it is inevitable that grandfather clocks will occasionally need repair.
We offer expert clock repair services. We are also able to manufacture missing or worn out items for antique clocks.
If you have a clock that require any clock repair or restoration work to its movement, or other information, then please contact us.
All clocks have a full repair and restoration guarantee the highest standard and are supplied with a guarantee for 2 years.
Details of repair for various types of clocks
While most clocks differ in service requirements, basic principles apply to all. When a clock is in need of cleaning, the movement must be completely dismantled for proper servicing. Bearings in the movement must be refinished, wear that has developed from dirty oil/rough bearings must be corrected in order for your clock to behave like it's new again.provide everything from routine maintenance to complete overhauls to insure your timepiece will operate as it's meant to for the greatest number of years possible.
Grandfather clocks, like any other clock, need periodic maintenance to keep them in good running order. It has been our observation that most newer clocks will need to be cleaned once in a 15 years on average. Older or antique clocks may run much longer but should still be cleaned once in a 20 year intervals. Even the best modern oils will be breaking down by then.
Depending on operating conditions, a service call to oil the movement may be needed in the interim. Normally this would be no sooner than 7-10 years. Oiling the mechanism when it isn't called for can be just as detrimental to the movement as no oil at all. The right type of oil must be used, as oil properties vary widely depending on the application.
Some symptoms that might be noticed if your clock is in need of these type services would be:
Random stopping, may be able to restart.
Sluggish tempo of the chime or strike.
Timekeeping may become erratic or you may not be able to regulate it within the adjustment limits of the pendulum.
Grandfather clocks are the pride of every home. Entrusting their repair to someone that doesn't have the proper qualifications can greatly increase the cost to put things right again.
Recommended service intervals for most new wall/mantel clocks would be every 10 years for cleaning, no interim lubrication should be needed if the proper oil has been used to start with.Antique clocks should be cleaned every 15 years.Wall and mantel clocks require more frequent service than a grandfather clock because of the increased operating speed. Whereas a grandfather clock may only beat seconds in its escapement action(60x per/min.), their smaller cousins may beat 150x per/min. or more depending on the movement. Gears turn more frequently, and bearing wear develops more quickly as a result.
When there's a power interruption and the stove or microwave clocks are blinking at you, it's good to have a wall or mantel clock whose time you can count on.
Anniversary clocks(so named because most are designed to run 400 days on a wind)require specialized knowledge for proper repair. Many of these fine timepieces have been lost due to repair inexperience. Arguably some of the most visually interesting clocks, they can be just as reliable a timekeeper as any other mechanical clock in your home.
Because these clocks are normally operated under a glass dome or cover, they are much less suseptible to the ill effect of dust and other contaminents that can creep into the mechanism area of most clocks. Recommended cleaning interval would be 15-20 years in most cases. Bearing wear is almost never present due to the slow movement action.The thin suspension wire that the pendulum hangs from is the leading cause of failure. It is only a few thousandths of an inch in thickness and doesn't take kindly to mishandling. However, by following 4 simple steps in setting up the clock, there is no reason the wire won't outlast you!
Our experience and the knowledge we acquired in the repair of these clocks make us the right choice when yours needs help.
From their beginnings in Germany's Black Forest region, cuckoo clocks have delighted owners with their whimsical sounds. Because of the many case openings, cuckoo clocks will normally require cleaning every 7 years. Operating enviroment is a strong variable here as the mechanism can be subjected to even greater contamination if the clock is hung near an air vent for example. The most common errors in repair are made when attempting to readjust the linkages for clock animation when it is incorrectly disassembled. Seperate music movements make for an even greater challenge to those not well versed in their repair and adjustment. You can expect normal cleaning intervals for this type of clock to be in the 10-15 year range.