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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.

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