Occasionally, your Milton Bell may need a little service of its own to keep it in tip-top condition. Removing dust is the primary task when it comes to keeping your bell working properly as well as troubleshooting most non-functioning bells. Spiders as well as other bugs can sometimes also make their home inside of a bell. Their webs and nests can prevent the bell from functioning and will need to be removed.
If you are willing to spend a little time following the service cleaning instructions below you will be able to clean your bells critical parts and should be able to troubleshoot most common problems related to dusty parts. Cleaning will need to be performed much more frequently under dusty conditions. If your bell is surrounded by paved driveways and parking surfaces you may never need to service your bell.
Your first hint that your bell needs a cleaning can be when the bell no longer rings when the rear tires of a car cross the driveway hose just after the front tires have just crossed it. This "missing" ring is usually caused by dust inside the bell and has a simple fix. We recommend the following simple cleaning/troubleshooting tips be followed to keep your bell in top working condition.
Always be sure to unplug your bell from the electrical source before taking the bell apart. If you are uncomfortable in any way with the idea of working on your bell be sure to contact an appliance repair shop or electrician.
Figure 1: Disconnecting the bell from the electrical current. Unplug the bell.
Figure 2: Removing the screws that hold the bell to the back plate.
Figure 3: Checking the diaphragm for dust.
Figure 4: Lifting the top of the cylinder off to clean.
Figure 5: Checking the plunger for smooth operation and dirt.
Figure 6: Checking the fine adjustment screw.