Grandfather clock chimes wrong hour?

Your grandfather clock dial says it is one time but the grandfather clock chimes another hour? This is an easy adjustment for most grandfather clocks when the Grandfather clock chimes wrong hour.

1) Wait for the next hour count on your grandfather clock.
2) Count the number of hours the grandfather clock chimes.
3) With your finger, move only the hour hand (the short one) to the number of the hour count. It doesn’t matter which way you move it.
4) Reset the time on the grandfather clock to the correct time.

If the hour hand feels frozen on the shaft, do not force it. Most hour hands on grandfather clocks are simply friction held. If the hour hand feels loose, try pushing it back from the center back onto the shaft and it should become more tight.

The usually happens when a hour hand is moved by mistake when re-setting the time on your grandfather clock. Sometimes if a grandfather clock is allowed to wind down so the weights are on the bottom and the grandfather clock pendulum stops, this can happen.

Should you have other problems with your grandfather clock and wish to replace it, consider a new grandfather clock from The Clock Depot, grandfather clocks. Grandfather clocks are heavily discounted and delivered anywhere within the cont. USA.

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  1. Lois Davis
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    You will never know how much getting my grandfather to chime and chime at the right time means to me. My husband died in 1995 and it was the last gift he gave me I feel so good to have it ring to me correctly! thank your sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    very much this is a great service i could not afford a repair man but you did it thanks again!

  2. Ralph
    Posted November 22, 2012 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    My granfather clock chimed the wrong hour. I followed the instructions 1-4 and it is fixed. Thanks

  3. Harriet McCarthy
    Posted February 20, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you!!!! My grandfather clock was chiming the incorrect hour. Your wonderful instructions saved the day!!

  4. Betty
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you .. Worked perfectly

  5. suzanne
    Posted June 29, 2013 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    Thank-you for saving me 250.00!

  6. Leva
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    It worked. Thank you.

  7. Ruth
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    I did all the steps several times and it is not working for me. Any other ideas?
    I have a Piper clock with a Franz Hermle 451 053 1977 85cm movement. It will only strike one o’clock on all the hours.

  8. Grandfather Clocks
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Permalink


    If the hour correction procedure did not work for you, it is time for the clock to see a technician as the problem is beyond user correction. You can see an entire list of clock repair facilities state by state at:
    Keywound clocks should be properly oiled about aver 5 years to keep them in great shape. Failure to do so can create issues like you are seeing or worse.

    Good Luck,

  9. G Warner
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 2:13 am | Permalink

    The repair for the chime ringing the wrong hour worked perfectly. Thanks for the assistance.

  10. Dennis Mensch
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Your suggestions 1-4 worked perfectly. Thank you

  11. Kate Cy
    Posted April 13, 2014 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    It works thank you. What an easy fix.

  12. Posted June 15, 2014 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!!!! My grandfather clock was chiming the incorrect hour. Your wonderful instructions corrected the problem. Thanks so much!!

  13. James E. Tate
    Posted July 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, This corrected the hour but it still chimes the hour 15 minutes early

  14. Grandfather Clocks
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Permalink


    Wait for the next quarter hour and stop you pendulum. Take off the hand nut in front of the hands. Remove the minute hand and point it in teh correct direction you just heard on your chimes. Replace the nut and hand tighten..then a 1/16 turn hard. Move the hand up to the correct time.

    This will correct your issue.

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