A customer of mine has a Grandfather Clock and from time to time it will stop chiming or striking for seemingly no reason. I have gotten it to chime/strike by rotating the CHIME/SILENT knob a few times and sometimes it will work. The customer said the clock repair guy said if the weights are wound too tight it may keep it from chiming and he advised to wind to a certain height, but I have proven this doesn't work all the time either.
About a week ago I heard the Chime sequence but then it seem like it went haywire as it never went to the STRIKE, just kept repeating the Westminster chime sequence. Did this approx 10-15 times (I lost count). Then 15 minutes later no chime and it hasn't chimed since. I tried my old standby of rotating the CHIME/SILENT knob to no avail this time. I also figured maybe the weights for the chime may have gotten stuck so I wound the weights pretty tight, but maybe now the weights are too high. Is there a way to release the weights to a lower level if they are too high? I figured there may be a release button of some sort that would release the tension of the weights so they can be lowered.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.