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why wont my clock work when hanging on wall?

I had a AA battery operated clock hanging on the wall it worked for about a year I have changed batteries several times and it will quit after a few minutes but when laying down on the table runs fine. I bought a new one figured this one was done for and the same way works when laying on the table but stops when hanging on the wall. These are clocks meant to hang on the wall. Why wont they work?

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  1. Terry G

    Check the hands of the clock. It could be possible that they are too close to each other and getting ‘hung-up’ on each other, therefore not reflecting the correct time.

  2. jen

    You could check the battery holder, make sure the battery isn’t slipping out while you’re holding it up. If it is, just bend the positive lead a little bit to get a tighter fit.

  3. Webster

    It takes more energy to run the clock when it’s upright. Either that or the gears have stripped and only lock together when the clock is on its back. Try holding the clock face down to test the last. You may need to replace the motor and you can pick those up cheap at any craft store.

  4. Kandace

    I have the same problem…Webster, can you explain why the same thing might happen on a new replacement clock, whose gears are likely not stripped yet?

    I’m flummoxed…new battereis, same thing happens. 2 separate clocks only work when lying down flat. They work for a short bit when hanging, but then stop. The hands aren’t touching, so not getting tripped up. Battery isn’t slipping. Batteries are brand new. It’s a head-scratcher!

  5. clare

    battery operated clock which is fairly new will not work when hanging on wall but will work when lying on table

  6. Lynn

    Same problem. Apparently no one knows the answer! Second time this has happened (two different clocks). Weird!

  7. Jon

    By chance, are (were) those clocks manufactured by Spartus? I bought and exchanged about 8 of them. They kept accurate time somehow, even though at times the secondhand wasn’t moving OR took 20-30 seconds for the secondhand to move 2 or 3 seconds – LOL

  8. Allison

    I have had this problem with 3 inexpensive wall clocks! First two were quite cheap; the third was nicer. All powered by the same batter/quartz mechanism. Clearly there is a pattern but I’m not sure what is going on. There is this one site that suggests it is a misaligned permanent magnet. It’s advice on how to repair this is quite complicated: http://www.wikihow.com/Maintain-a-Battery-Powered-Quartz-Wall-Clock

  9. Patti

    I’m in the same boat. We are on our fourth attempt at hanging a wall clock–this one worked for about two hours and then stopped. It is a AA battery mechanism like the other three were, and they were all brand new. My batteries work just fine until I hang the darn clocks. What gives???

  10. rgwinward

    sounds like a cheap-o made in (some other land…cough…cough…china) gear works. it’s possible the gear that drives the hands inside the little black box has slipped and is not aligned with the magnet. could be replaced from a craft store. depends on the clock,might be cheaper to replace it AGAIN.

  11. Karin

    I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one that is experiencing this crazy problem!! I thought I was alone!!

  12. Margie

    Same thing here. When the clock is upside down it doesn’t work either. But, i can hear something loose inside. I’m buying a new quartz mechanism.

  13. andrew williams

    I to have had this problem, moved clock to another wall and was fine. Turned out that the electrical wiring in the wall was creating a magnetic field ( dirty electrics ).

  14. Karen

    DANG IT, no remedy on this site… I have replaced batteries, replaced the clock, they both run when laying on the table but not when hung on the wall. there are NO electrical outlets in the wall so no wiring that could be throwing the clock off. I have moved it to different places in the room, no luck. Now I own 2 clocks that won’t work on the wall. just plain frustrating

  15. James Hughston

    In most cases, changing the battery should do the trick. The hand is getting stuck because the
    other battery is old and weak. It requires a bit more battery power to make it work in the upright
    position on the wall.

  16. Emircitna

    NOW HERE is a real brain zinger; my clock is a German made WIND-UP mechanical model that comes out of a P.F. Bollenbach weather station of 1940’s vintage ~ the 15 jewel movement works like a charm when laying on its back ….but….shortly after placing it in its wall-hanging vertical position it STOPS running!
    Everyone else on this thread is referring to ‘battery operated’ movements, so THIS enigma is a real brain twister!

  17. Stansb

    Finally I figured out the solution to the problem of wall clock that won’t work when hang on the wall. Before placing your wall clock on the wall, get a paper tape, fold and tape it on both side. Then place it on the back of the wall clock on all edges to prevent direct contact of the wall clock on the wall. Hang your clock on the wall and make sure none of the surface is touching the wall. This work for me.

  18. Gautam

    Hi, Once I had came across with same problem that time had figured out problem by upside down the clock dial that made my clock running . Since the wall clock now I bought is pendulum type so unable to make it upside down . However Mr.Stansb has recommended the medicine I am going to use it that may make some miracle and my wall clock run .

  19. Stansb

    Gautam I’m sure your wall clock is running smoothly after applying the paper tape trick. My wall clock has been working perfectly since I discovered the paper tape trick in November 2016.

  20. RMD

    please explain whaytu did with paper tape for wall clock My mew clock is driving me crazy, works fine on its back but not on the wall

  21. Stansb

    RMD here’s what I did. I cut the paper tape and folded it in such a way that both side of the tape have the inside of the tape facing out; and I did it in four. Then I placed each folded tape on the four edge of the back of my wall clock. Now here’s what the paper tape does. It helps to prevent the wall clock from having a direct contact (resting) with the wall.

  22. Pamela Serafine

    Why does this “taping method” work? How did you come up with it?

  23. Stansb

    Pamela since most wall clock won’t work when hanging on a wall but works perfectly when placed on a shelf or a table, I decided to use the taping method to keep the wall clock from resting directly on the wall. The paper tape serves as a bearing between the wall clock and the wall which help to allow controlled movement of the wall clock. And I came up with it through observation and experimentation. I hope that answered your questions?

  24. Brok

    Battery driven clocks are (obviously) electric. You have a current that runs from the + terminal of the battery, through the workings of the clock and returns to the – terminal. If the clock stops it is 90% certain that the circuit is broken somewhere. It is also highly likely that the fault lies in the battery housing, this could be why the clock works on its back and ceases to work when in an upright position. Try, when the clock is on its back, moving the battery by sliding it in its seat. If the battery is loose, the clock will stop as you open up the contact by standing it up sometimes it takes a few minutes for the battery to slip away from the + contact. Take out the battery and stretch the flexible terminal carefully towards the other for about half an inch. Let go and the terminal will assume a new position. Replace the battery, which should feel a tighter fit. The clock should run. Gently lift the clock to its upright position and without undue force re hang the clock on the wall. Now gravity should not force the battery away from the positive terminal and the clock should run. If stretching fails, try placing a small, piece of tinfoil, folded to a quarter inch square between the base of the battery and the – terminal (the springy one).

  25. Jim

    I had a clock powered by an AA battery on the kitchen wall. It constantly stops working completely or loses time. Changing the battery doesn’t fix the problem. I replaced it with a new AA powered clock and hung it in the same exact place and it does the same thing. Now get this. The old clock I put on the wall in the bedroom and it doesn’t miss a beat or lose time. Talk about haunted.

  26. Stansb

    Try the taping trick. It works.

  27. Debbie

    Mine is a clock that works sitting up on the floor but stops on the wall. AS battery. Battery connection is tight and no electrical interference?

  28. jerry

    Quartz battery powered clocks can be affected by high EMF. (Electro-magnetic fileds) . Perhps there isa power cable in the wall or you live close to HV powerlines.

  29. Stansb

    I had the same problem with my wall clock until I discovered the paper tape tri ck. To fix the issue, get a paper tape, fold and tape it on both side. Then place it on the back of the wall clock on all edges to prevent direct contact of the wall clock on the wall. Then hang your clock on the wall. The paper tape serves as a bearing between the clock and the wall preventing direct contact of the clock resting on the wall. As simple as it seems this trick works perfectly.

  30. Debra Martin

    What kind of tape are you using? Scotch tape or masking tape or does it matter what kind?

  31. Stansb

    Debra Martin. I used a masking tape but I believe scotch tape will also work just fine.

  32. Ankur

    I also faced this problem and finally contacted the manufacturer.
    In my clock, there is a magnet at the back with which it will hang and the usual battery circuit.
    So, I only had to turn the battery circuit 180 degrees so that magnet and circuit are close to each other. Earlier, they were opposite or far from each other.
    Hope I am able to explain.
    Solution is simple but difficult to realise 🙂

  33. Jsapp

    I don’t understand this comment but am very interested – please elaborate so I can see if this method will fix my clock– thanks so much!!

  34. Yeahbut

    I have this second hand stopping at the 9 o’clock position when hanging vertically, yet works horizontally. I think the weight of the second hand going uphill is harder and unless the battery is good it will stop here. It’s not going uphill when lying down. Upon checking for interference with the movement I don’t see a problem. Same problem with a second clock.

  35. Yeahbut

    So I popped the second hand off and so far the clock is working again. I believe the battery will last longer too as it does sixty times the movement as the minute hand.

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  37. Timothy Solyntjes

    Buy a handful of movements From “ALIBABA” Under $2.00/movement, free shipping. Few weeks to get’em, but they’re the same thing you’ll find at some hardware/hobby store for $6. to $20. The movements are made DISPOSABLE. you can’t get inside them(not worth the effort). I’ve made hundreds of, mostly quartz clocks. Yeah… cogs /gears/magnet… “WHATEVEEER” pitch it, replace it, save the clock if you choose. It’s not rocket-science.

  38. red

    Tape the battery down. the contacts inside the clock get bent each time you change the battery, taping will push the contacts up against the metal plate inside the clock and make a better connection or open the clock up and bend the contact back.

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