Our family has now gone two weeks on emergency power.
My own fault for not doing maintenance on the outdoor service panel. I could happen to you.
When We bought this place about 16 years ago, nobody ever tole me I had to do regular inspection of the outside electrical panel. Or maybe they did and I just forgot.
To keep the cost of repair down, we decided to not do a full replacement of the entire service panel.
Only a portion was damaged due to wear, age and hot weather. Our neighbor has allowed us to have some power using an extension cord. So we have some lights and can use the microwave if we are very careful.
From this learned a lot about the use of AL (aluminum) in residence electrical wiring. No, this house does not have AL winging inside the house. Instead, AL is used outside in the service panel.
(I am still editing this… more later.)