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    Squared D 30A disconnect recall

    I got a notice from PG&E claiming the Schneider/Square D 30A disco has potential hazard issues. Any more real info on this?
    Thanks - JOHN

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOLAR CHAMPION View Post
    I got a notice from PG&E claiming the Schneider/Square D 30A disco has potential hazard issues. Any more real info on this?
    Thanks - JOHN
    Details here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/sc...l-shock-hazard

    I seem to recall that they have had this issue before and even some others as well. It just seems that in the race for low cost we have a lot of products out there today that are really a disgrace in terms of durability and quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texie View Post
    Details here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/sc...l-shock-hazard

    I seem to recall that they have had this issue before and even some others as well. It just seems that in the race for low cost we have a lot of products out there today that are really a disgrace in terms of durability and quality.
    Amazing. How can they screw up making a simple disco...sad...
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    Better info here (PDF)

    https://www.schneider-electric.us/en/product-range/7272

    Can anyone confirm if the date codes 1401-1803 mean January 2014 to March 2018? I already have a customer bothering me about this. Her install was done in 2010.

    This seems overblown. You're supposed to inspect it, and call for a replacement if it doesn't work. How many actually don't work?

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    I got the notice from PG&E for a solar system installed in 2009. Apparently the info on the bar code label on left outside face of the disconnect will indicate whether it is in the group needing inspection.

    PS: the PV system has a production meter fed from the disconnect enclosure, so both have tamper seals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaggedben View Post
    Better info here (PDF)

    https://www.schneider-electric.us/en/product-range/7272

    Can anyone confirm if the date codes 1401-1803 mean January 2014 to March 2018? I already have a customer bothering me about this. Her install was done in 2010.

    This seems overblown. You're supposed to inspect it, and call for a replacement if it doesn't work. How many actually don't work?
    Your "better info" link is just general product information.

    The link in post 2 has recall information in it. In the document linked to it says recalled units were manufactured Jan 2014 to Jan 2018, if installed in 2010 it was before the recalled units were ever manufactured.
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    That's weird I screwed up the link to the Schneider info, this one should be correct.

    http://www.schneider-electric.com/us...ent/3130HO1801

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwired View Post
    Your "better info" link is just general product information.

    The link in post 2 has recall information in it. In the document linked to it says recalled units were manufactured Jan 2014 to Jan 2018, if installed in 2010 it was before the recalled units were ever manufactured.
    Thanks for pointing out those dates, looks like I was correct about the date codes, more or less.

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    After thinking this over, I've decided there is no good reason for my company to go around inspecting discos we installed. Pretty much without exception, the switch would have passed the 'inspection' required by the recall notice when it was installed. It would have been wired up open, then closed to commission the system, then opened to wait for AHJ inspection and to show the inspector the wiring, then closed to turn the system on after AHJ inspection. Open, closed, opened, closed again, so we knew it worked. Extremely unlikely that the described defect wouldn't have been noticed during installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaggedben View Post
    After thinking this over, I've decided there is no good reason for my company to go around inspecting discos we installed. Pretty much without exception, the switch would have passed the 'inspection' required by the recall notice when it was installed. It would have been wired up open, then closed to commission the system, then opened to wait for AHJ inspection and to show the inspector the wiring, then closed to turn the system on after AHJ inspection. Open, closed, opened, closed again, so we knew it worked. Extremely unlikely that the described defect wouldn't have been noticed during installation.
    That is certainly a decision you can make, but the homeowners will be getting notices and may expect more from you.
    The POCO letter provides links on working with Schneider to deal with the situation, and if a disconnect falls within their production number range they may compensate you for doing the inspection according to their requirements.
    I have not seen a detailed description of the problem which indicates that a subject disconnect will be obviously faulty when first installed. You have?

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