Covid-19 Update
Our approach to COVID-19

What we’re doing

DBElectrical has adapted to the current COVID-19 outbreak to keep our community, customers and employees safe. These measures have allowed us to continue serving our customers with little impact to order delivery.

Here are the actions we’ve taken:

  • Any employee who can work from home is now doing so. Working from home has allowed us to dramatically reduce the number of people who are present in our offices and warehouse facilities.

  • We’ve redesigned our workstations in our shipping and distribution centers, adding space between packing areas, implementing additional social distancing guidelines and reducing the amount of contact with packages and merchandise.

  • Package handlers have been issued protective gear such as gloves and masks when processing orders. We’ve also provided hand sanitizers for use by employees.

  • Temperatures are checked for all employees entering our offices and warehouses. Persons exhibiting a temperature outside of a normal range are not admitted to our facilities. We’re following CDC guidelines for delaying a return to work when someone exhibits signs of illness.

  • We’ve restricted outside visitors from entering our offices and facilities. At this time, no outside guests are allowed to enter our buildings.

  • We encourage our employees to take care of themselves and their families during this outbreak. Our health-first approach to employee relations strengthens our sense of teamwork.

The good news is that we’re operating at nearly 100% capacity in shipping orders. We are aware that the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted some of the delivery services we use, so there are occasional delays for that reason. At this time, the impact of these delays appears minimal.

We’re working hard to provide you with the replacement parts you need. We’ll get through this time together and look forward to promising times ahead.

Take care,
The DBElectrical team

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When good alternators seemingly go bad

What’s Up with My New Alternator that’s not Working

Here’s news that’s surprising to hear. Some alternators are needlessly replaced, and some good alternators are returned to the seller when they perform beautifully on a bench test. How could that be? Sometimes alternators appear to have failed when there are other problems in the charging system. Before you replace your alternator, or before you send a new alternator back for an exchange or refund, check out these issues first. Doing a complete charging system inspection can save you time and money.

Check for Worn Wires and Corroded Connections
Many electrical problems are the result of bad wires and connections. Frayed wires and corroded connectors may seem small, but they can cause big problems. You might start with a visual inspection of the wires and connectors, but that won’t always reveal all problems. Using a voltage meter may be needed to diagnose flaws in the system.

Look for Battery Cable Problems
A poor battery cable connection can cause failure that mimics a bad alternator. Check out all the cable connections to verify they are all clean and tightly fastened.

Inspect the Voltage Regulator
If the voltage regulator is not working as it should, it may deliver too much or too little power to the battery. Too much power can damage wires and the battery itself. Too little power can make it appear as if the alternator is not functioning well, even when it’s working at full capacity.

Test the Battery
When the battery becomes too weak, it won’t hold a charge even though the alternator is operating just fine. If the battery is old, you might consider replacing it along with the alternator. A fresh start for both the battery and alternator is often a wise investment. At the very least, recharge the battery to get it fully charged before starting the vehicle.

When you’re fixing a problem in the electrical charging system, you need to be a detective to uncover what’s going wrong. Just be sure to investigate all the potential suspects before you assign blame to any one. A thorough checkup will save you from ordering parts you don’t need or returning parts that work just fine.