Clock Servicing


Clock Servicing

Mechanical clocks should be serviced every 2-3 years. Similar to getting an oil change in a car, this process will reduce the wear on all the moving parts of your clock, and allow it run for many more years to come.


  • Removing the old oil from all pivot points

  • Applying new synthetic clock oil to all locations

  • Timing and testing the movement to be as accurate as possible, using precision equipment

Common Questions

Why won't my clock won't run as long as before?
People are often afraid to wind their clocks all the way. Unless your mainspring has snapped, try winding until you can't turn any more.

Why is my clock striking the wrong hour?
When setting or changing the time (such as during Daylight Saving Time), always be sure to turn the minute hand rather than the hour hand. If the clock is striking the wrong number of hours, point the hour hand at that time, and then move the minute hand to correctly set the current time.

Do you provide house calls to service clocks?
For customers in the greater Washington, DC and surrounding areas, give us a call at 703.938.3990 and tell us about your clock and its condition. We can come to your home to service your clock. We're even happy to teach you as we service the clock.



Servicing or Repairs

Eventually, due to age or too many years without servicing, a clock will stop working. This can take decades (or longer with proper servicing) but at this point, no amount of fresh clock oil, or "cleaning" will fix the clock.

Almost any mechanical clock can be made to work again, either through a replacement movement (similar to a new engine in a car), or through repairing your clock's existing movement. If your clock is beyond servicing, we can help get it working again.

Learn more about clock repairs