They offer an extended warranty on this item because it needs it. Don't buy it with out the warranty it is a very disposable unit you will want to replace it before the 1 year warranty is up. Or better yet buy a better quality machine that does not need you to spend more money to get a quality warranty. We thought after the VacMaster was a FoodSaver knock off of lesser quality a complete joke that this unit might be better. Wrong! a few months in the heat tape was burned out the gaskets were worn and it needed a new elctronic part , in other words a full repair. It is also a huge pain to be so careful not to have liquid go into the tray. It takes so much more time and a constant worry of ruining the unit because of the vacuum hole is right in the center. You can see it bubble if you get any water near the vacuum hole in the tray. We found out the factory warranty by Weston was a joke and we did not buy the extended warranty. Too bad for us!!! Again another retail disaster of cheap disposable throw away units that only last a year or so.