How to Change the Chime Time on a Grandfather Clock

Updated February 21, 2017

The chiming sound made by a grandfather clock is one of the pleasures of ownership. The sound travels throughout the home with a rich, full resonance that melodically counts the quarter, half and three-quarter hour with a grand finale at the top of each hour. Since the chime mechanism is powered independently from the timekeeping mechanism, you must synchronise the two for the chime to operate correctly with the time indicated on the clock dial.

Check the weights of the grandfather clock to ensure they are raised to the top of the case.

Turn the minute hand in a clockwise direction to the nearest quarter hour position.

Allow the chime to play out before moving the minute hand to the next quarter hour position. Repeat until the minute hand is at the top of the hour.

Count the number of strikes after the melody plays out. These strikes indicate the hour. If the time at the hour does not match the strike count, turn the minute hand counter-clockwise until the hour hand matches the time indicated by the chime.


Grandfather clocks have a self-adjusting feature that will synchronise the hands with the correct chime and strike.


Do not move the hands when the clock is striking or chiming.

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Max Stout began writing in 2000 and started focusing primarily on non-fiction articles in 2008. Now retired, Stout writes technical articles with a focus on home improvement and maintenance. Previously, he has worked in the vocational trades such as automotive, home construction, residential plumbing and electric, and industrial wire and cable. Max also earned a degree of biblical metaphysician from Trinity Seminars Ministry Academy.