How To Quiet a Loud Ticking Clock In 10 Minutes (DIY Technique)

How to Quiet a Loud Ticking Clock

Clocks are a very necessary part of our life, We need them to keep track of our lives and knowing how much time are we spending on things and how much we are left within a particular day.

We all have been to a place where we are just frustrated by the ticking sound of the clock. It is very disturbing when the clock is your bedroom and you just can not fall asleep because of the annoying sound it makes. It just gets on to my nerves when anything like this happens with my clock.

One day I was sleeping in my bedroom and all of sudden my clock started to make some weird ticking sound, I got very annoyed with it and removed the batteries from it in order to fall asleep.

Later that morning I did some research online and fixed the noise completely but first, let’s understand why clocks make such noise?

How to Quiet a Loud Ticking Clock

How to Quiet a Loud Ticking Clock

Why Your Clock is Making Tick Tick Sound?

The ticking noise in the clock is made by the second and the minute hand. This is because of the type of mechanism that is used inside and it can be easily fixed by replacing it with the other one.

It’s pretty normal for a clock to make such sound, Usually, all the old clocks make these type of sounds because of the mechanism that’s been used inside of them.

Almost all old clocks use an old mechanism device that needs to get replaced with a silent one. The majority of the modern age clocks come with the silent one by default, If your modern clock is making such sound even though it has a silent mechanism inside of it Check out other methods discussed later in the article.

How to Replace the Mechanism of Any Clock?

  • New quiet clock mechanism – Buy From Here
  • Screwdriver
When you buy the mechanism, It comes with a bundle of dials. However, those dials may not fit in your clock as your clock may differ in the diameter for which those dials were made. So use your previous dials only, Make sure you take them out correctly otherwise your clock would be of no use.
  1. Take the batteries out of your clock.
  2. Open all the screws at the backside of the clock with the help of a screwdriver.
  3. Now gently separate the glass part with the rear end of the clock to which the mechanism is attached.
  4. Now you should be able to see all the dials correctly, so switch it back to the front side where the dials are attached.
  5. Remove the dials by pulling them straight out of the clock one by one. Make sure you do this very carefully otherwise you would end up breaking your clock instead of making it.
  6. You can now remove the clock mechanism as well.
  7. Take out the new mechanism that you purchased and replace it with the older one. While buying the new one, just check if your clock has a hook on its mechanism, if so is the case, you need to get the new mechanism similar to that.
  8. Look for the washer & screws that come with the new mechanism, Some clocks just tuck into the plastic frame and some don’t, so you need to make the decision according to your clock.
  9. After tucking in your mechanism, It’s time for the dials to go in their place.
  10. To make sure you don’t mess this up. While placing your dials, Set every dial towards 12:00 and not the other way around. Check the placement by rotating the back spinner at the mechanism and if all the dials move correctly, You did things the right way.
  11. Test your clock by placing the batteries in it. I know it feels as quiet as electric cars. LOL.
  12. Put the glass back on and tighten all the screws.
  13. You did it, Give a pat at your back and place it on your wall. Enjoy your new silent clock.

You can also watch this video for visual instructions.

Now as I said, This was for the old clocks that have the older second hand, but what if your news clock is starting to make a scratch sound. It’s not a big deal at all.

Although these things won’t give you the same results as replacing the mechanism would give you, but still, the results will be noticeable.

If you think, it’s getting too much for you, you can take a look at the best silent wall clocks to save time and get some of the best products out there.

Alternate Fixes

1. Oil your dials and mechanism

Well if you do not want to completely change the mechanism you can follow the instructions below and quickly oil up your mechanism. This will give a pretty significant impact on the noise that your dials make.

  • Synthetic oil
  • Screwdriver
  • With the help of a screwdriver, Open all the screws at the rear end of the clock.
  • Take out the glass located to the front side of your clock, this should separate the clock into two parts.
  • Now gently take out all the dials of the clock individually, do the same with the mechanism to which the motor and batteries are attached.
  • Clean all the dust particles that are present around the clock dials and rotator.
  • Look for the rotating gear on the clock’s motor and place a very little amount of synthetic oil on it. Your main focus should be to target the second hand as it’s causing the problem in the majority of the cases.
  • Make sure you do not put too much oil as this can negatively affect the rotation resulting in the clock to not function properly.
  • Now put the mechanism & dials back in and make sure they all point to 12:00 on the clock, this will calibrate the time correctly.
  • Put the glass on again and screw it with the screwdriver.
  • Compare the results.

If you were not quite satisfied with the results that this gave you, it’s time to move on to the next fix.

2. Put it inside a box

Air tight plastic containers

Airtight plastic containers

This may not sound as effective but in reality, it’s one of the best working things.

So, I have an alarm clock as well which is analog in nature. My grandma gave it to me so I use it to this day. The problem was, it made a lot of noise which prevented me from sleeping.

As it is an alarm clock, there’s actually no reason to put it in someplace other than my bed table.

So I went online and read some articles and I came up with a pretty staggering thing that I implemented the right way.

Do you want to know what that was?

Putting the clock inside an airtight container.

This is a pretty DIY thing, I have a decent enough container in my kitchen, I just looked for it and placed the clock inside of it before going to sleep.

When the alarm clock rang, I had to open the container and stop the alarm, It was a win-win for me as it actually got me awake because of the extra work that needed to put in.

If you have a small bedside clock, You need to try this up.

3. Buy a new clock already

Now, if you’re still left with this notion in your mind that none of the above fitted in your bracket, It’s time for you to buy a new silent clock.

It’s worth your time to waste hours and hours trying to fix a clock.

Clock Hanging on a wall

Clock Hanging on a wall

You can get good quality silent clocks for as cheap as 10 bucks, Like this one by Bernhard.

It will be delivered to you the very next day and you’ll be completely hassle-free with all the work that you need to put in.

Clocks are meant to save your time, not waste it. Get a new clock today, it’s time.

Final Verdict

I really hope that you got something of value from this article, I tried to share my personal experiences with all of you, I don’t actually believe in sharing things that do not work. You’ll read a lot of information on the internet that doesn’t actually make any sense.

To make a clock completely silents, there are only a handful of ways to do it, either replace the clock mechanism or oil the mechanism or put in inside an airtight container or get a new clock. Everything else is just a made-up version of the same argument.

If you implement all of the fixes mentioned above in detail, I can assure you that you’re going to get substantial results with them.

I see that you’ve made this far reading the article which means that you liked what’s in there. It would mean the world to me if you share it with your friends and family on social media, maybe your sharing an article on social media can help someone get quality sleep tonight.

Also, if you want to share some of your personal tips to tackle this problem, comment down below and I’ll feature your tip in the article.

In the meantime, check this amazing article on how to soundproof a dog crate.

See you all in some next soundproofing action.

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