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Clock Repair Tips: Understanding Your Clock Type [VIDEO]

Posted by Scott DeSmith on Nov 9, 2016 11:22:48 AM

Just because your clock breaks, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to run out and buy a new one. There are plenty of repair parts available for almost every kind of clock. American Time stocks parts for clocks manufactured as far back as the 1940’s. But the first step to clock repair is understanding the type of clock you have. There are many different clocks available, all with different features and options. So how do you know what type of clock you have? American Time’s Scott DeSmith gives you an overview to help simplify the repair process:


Stand Alone vs. System Clocks

Stand alone clocks are usually manually set and can be either battery or electric.

System clocks typically receive their time from a controller or some type of transmitter. 

Battery vs. Electric

A battery clock can contain either a single or multiple battery pack from which it receives power, while an electric clock is plug-in or hardwired.

Synchronized vs. Impulse 

Synchronized clocks have a constant voltage applied to them and usually has a second hand that is always moving. 

Impulse clocks, true to the name, get a pulse from a master clock which steps them ahead to the next minute.

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Topics: Clock Maintenance and Repairs, Videos

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