Should You Buy a Warranty with Your New TV?

Updated August 9, 2011
Be sure to know what warranty comes with your new TV purchase before purchasing another one. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Dianne M. of Indianapolis)

If you're shopping for a new TV, learn more about extended warranties.

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The blank spot in your living or family is waiting to be filled with brilliant colors, speakers, and noise, and you know exactly what to put there - a big screen TV.

You’ve researched possibilities and differences between the choices of a plasma TV, or an LCD as opposed to an LED TV.  You know that whatever model you choose will likely provide 500,000 hours of top-rated TV time. And you know that televisions come in big packages these days, as in up to 150 inches with surround sound and every other imaginable bell and whistle.

Before leaving the store with the giant box in tow, consider the option of purchasing an extended warranty. But keep in mind that an extended warranty is a totally different animal than a manufacturer's warranty. Purchasing both may feel wasteful.

But it’s important to note that a manufacturer's warranty usually only lasts one year. An extended warranty, depending on the package, can be more like the equivalent of a bumper-to-bumper warranty when purchasing a vehicle at a dealership.

Depending on the retailer, preventive maintenance, no cost or reduced cost for covered repairs, in-home service and free pick-up for service, and power surge protection are among the possibilities if you choose to purchase an extended warranty.

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