Q: Do I have to go without power? If so, how long will the power be off?
A: The choice is yours, if you have to have the power on during the upgrade process then there is an alternative. Temporary power is available through the power company for an additional charge. In most situations, temporary power is not necessary and the additional cost for this service can be saved. The power to your panel is disconnected by the power company, when planned correctly, all the prep work is done in advance and with good coordination with the inspector and power company power is usually restored to your main circuits in 6 to 8 hours. This means your refrigerator and freezer will not have power and should be kept closed until the power is restored. By minimizing existing foods and adding a bag of ice remaining food and condiments items will be kept cool while the power is off.