Solar power isolators recall after fire threat

A STATE-WIDE recall has been issued in relation to certain Avanco branded DC solar power isolators used on solar power systems after it was found to have an internal fault that can lead to overheating and fire.

Attorney-General Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the decision to recall the products was initiated after investigations conducted by the Electrical Safety Office and independent reports from the University of Queensland as well as Queensland University of Technology.

"We want all Queenslanders to be safe at home and that is why we are acting quickly to ensure homeowners and installers can take the necessary steps to avoid any potential risks," he said.

"There have been some minor fire incidents involving Avanco brand isolators that have been contained in and around the isolator. No one has been injured and that is the way we want to keep it.

"Around 27,000 of the affected isolators have been sold in Queensland so it is important we get the word out there."

Mr Bleijie said solar power systems installed on homes generally had an isolator located at the solar panels as well as next to the inverter and are used to switch the system off to allow maintenance and repair work to be carried out safely.

"We are asking as many homeowners and installers as possible to check their solar power system and if they have the affected isolator, to disable it so it can be replaced," he said.

"For homeowners who cannot access the isolator safely or are unsure of what to do, we would encourage them to call their electrician or seek advice from their installer."

The affected Avanco brand DC isolators include the following model numbers: AV/DC4P25A, AV/DC2P25A, AV/DC4P25AUB, AV/DC2P625AU, AV/DC2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P125AU, AV/DC4P25AU, AV/DC4P25AUS and AV/DC4P25AUT.

For more information on the recall and consumer rights, please visit the Electrical Safety Office website at www.electricalsafetyqld.gov.au or the Office of Fair Trading website at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/isolator-recall-consumer-rights.htm


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