Electrical contractors are obligated to pay for the replacement of solar devices made by Advancetech, which was put in liquidation on May 15.
A liquidator was pointed to the failed Sunshine Coast company last week. Advancetech sold solar parts, including its DC isolators, of which 27,600 were recalled following 70 rooftop fires in NSW and Queensland, according to The Australian.
Liquidators SV Partners are not required to comply with the product recall order, the ABC reports.
"As liquidators, we are not trading the company's business and unfortunately we are not able to assist with the replacement of the isolators the subject of the recall orders," noted SV Partners.
Electricians are now responsible for the cost of replacing the recalled components
"The reassurance for the customers involved is that the contractors are still obligated to replace their product for free," Malcolm Richards, chief executive of Queensland Master Electricians, told The ABC.
"There are a lot of small, mum-and-dad operators who are involved in the solar industry, who have installed solar panels under the government rebate scheme, who are now going to be left high and dry and have to stump up the cost of replacing this product, which they bought in good faith as an approved Australian product at the time."