Quartz Clock

How To Repair A Quartz Clock

Thursday 24th Feb 2022 |

Quartz clocks are beautiful and make a brilliant addition to your home, however, when they stop working you can be stumped on what to do. 

So, let’s take an overall look at what you can fit, from how to fix clock hands, to troubleshooting battery-related troubles.

The primary easiest issue you can fix with a quartz wall clock is battery power. You just need to remove the battery and fit a new one. However, you may have occasions where the contact points for the battery are corroded, so you should clean these first.  Clean off any corrosion before you put in new batteries. You should do this with a moist paper towel (moist, not wet) followed by sandpaper to get off any additional material from the contact points. 

If you find that the hands are the issue, you will want to figure out the issue first.  If the clock is slow, then it could just be that the hands are touching, and you need to gently adjust them to help them function properly. However, it could also be that the nut in the center is a bit too tight for the hands, so give it a quarter turn to loosen it slightly. 

Yet, you could also find that your clock’s hands are getting stuck at 6 o’clock all the time, if this is the case then you need to tighten the nut instead of loosening it so that the hands are firm on the shaft which holds them in place. 

It is also not unheard of for the hands of a clock to become bent over time. If they seem to be sticky, or if they are pressing up against the clock face then you may find bending is the cause. Use your fingers, or if that doesn’t work, pliers, to get them into the correct position.

Replacing Parts For A Quartz Wall Clock

You will not always be able to fix an issue easily, so sometimes you may need to get some new parts for your clock. This could be the central nut, new hands, or even a specific battery. Whatever the case, it is not too hard to get new parts for your quartz wall clock. 

You should be able to find any replacement parts for your clock at clock repair shops or even online. 

As you search to find these parts, always not if your clocks’ movement is of a specific variety before you purchase anything. It could be a press-on, high torque, or an I-shaft variety, so be certain to check which it is before you purchase any parts. 

What Problems Are Not Worth the Cost

While most of the problems you will face with your clock are fixable, there are some that are not worth fixing. They might be causing too much stress or might be too expensive to fix, or they may simply be too troublesome that you’re better off just buying a whole new clock. 

In the case that your clock is off a lot, even after you have amended the hands, it is better to just get a new clock. If your clock’s hands are bent too severely, or if the cap that covers the face is damaged, stretched or scratched then do not spend money repairing it. Just get a new one. Sometimes buying a whole new clock is actually the cheaper option, as fixing some problems can be extremely expensive, more so than a brand-new clock! 


In order to properly fix your clock, you will need to do some troubleshooting. This means analyzing the issue, finding out the source of the issue and how it can be fixed. 

If your clock is not telling the correct time, you can conclude that it is either the battery or the hands. Now, you should first test out the battery, change the battery and see if this works. 

If your clock battery is running low then it will not tell the correct time, as it may slow. If this is not the fix, try figuring out if the hands on your clock are too tight or too loose. 

Should your troubleshooting not yield any results then you can take it to a professional to look at, or you could just get a new clock. 

Troubleshooting means analyzing the concerns, and while some difficulties could be the result of many things, at least you know you have tried everything you can to fix it within reason.