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Buying Monitor Extended Warranties and Protection Plans

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Updated March 3, 2022

Key Takeaways:

  • Extended warranties for computer monitors are available for purchase.
  • Monitors are built to last 10 to 20 years, which could exceed the warranty period.
  • Manufacturers offer warranties that automatically kick in upon the purchase of a monitor.

Whenever you buy a new piece of electronic equipment you are asked to purchase an extended warranty to go along with it. These extended warranties extend to new computer monitors, but consumers may be wondering if they are worth it.

You may also be wondering if your renter’s insurance covers your computer monitor. It’s best to check your policy and note down what is covered depending on the circumstance.

Buying Extended Warranties for a Computer Monitor

Purchasing an extended warranty for a computer monitor, or any piece of equipment, is on the easier side. Amazon and big-box retailers all offer these extended warranties as part of the checkout process. There are also third-party companies that trade in extended warranties, which can be found via Google.

Tip: Amazon and big-box retailers all offer these extended warranties as part of the checkout process

Are Extended Warranties Worth it for Computer Displays?

Extended warranties can be on the expensive side, raising the overall price of a new computer monitor by up to 20 or 30 percent. Are they worth it? That is for you to decide, but let’s go over some key facts about displays and how they pertain to extended warranties.

Monitor Lifespans

Modern computer monitors are designed to last for around 30,000 to 60,000 hours of use. This translates to 10 to 20 years before a display will encounter a critical failure. They can last longer with proper care, including regularly cleaning your monitor screen with the right supplies. If you have purchased a high-quality display made from decent components, then its overall lifespan could be much longer than what is offered by the extended warranty. This could impact your decision on whether to purchase one of these extended warranties.

Tip: Modern computer monitors are designed to last for around 30,000 to 60,000 hours of use

Warning: If you have purchased a high-quality display made from decent components, then its overall lifespan could be much longer than what is offered by the extended warranty

Manufacturer Warranties

Display manufacturers typically offer a warranty of some kind upon initial purchase. This warranty is typically included for free with this purchase and nothing must be done by the consumer in order to activate it. As a warning, these warranties can be on the shorter side so be sure to read the fine print before making a purchase. Federal law mandates that consumers have access to warranty information before making a purchase.

Warning: As a warning, these warranties can be on the shorter side so be sure to read the fine print before making a purchase. Federal law mandates that consumers have access to warranty information before making a purchase

Be Sure What the Extended Warranty Covers

Many extended warranties do not offer as much coverage as one would think. Some of these insurance companies feature a number of exclusions that could impact what is paid out should your monitor need to be maintained professionally. Coverage may not include accidental damage and claims could be denied if maintenance suggestions have not been followed to the letter. This extended warranty may also require the use of a specific repair shop, many of which could not be conveniently located. Do your homework.

Warning: Some of these insurance companies feature a number of exclusions that could impact what is paid out should your monitor need to be maintained professionally

Tip: Coverage may not include accidental damage and claims could be denied if maintenance suggestions have not been followed to the letter

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STAT:

Among PC owners who sprang for an extended warranty, only 15 percent used it to pay for repairs.

According to Warranty Week, a newsletter dedicated to service plans, extended warranties are a $40 billion business.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_monitor

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_coverage

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_warranty

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0377221700000916