Bought a Hotpoint Washing Machine from Currys in January this year. It works perfectly fine, on the whole, its a good machine. However, when it's not in use, there's a fairly strong stale smell emitting from the drum. It takes over the kitchen, so we have to keep the door shut.
The manual states to clean out the filter and run an empty wash with just detergent in. Done both - the filter was almost spotless anyway, as you'd almost expect for a machine less than a year old with relatively occasional use.
Spoke to hotpoint, they are happy to send someone over, but if there's a mechanical fault, then they will charge us £110. Even though its in warranty, not everything (unsurprisingly) is covered.
Not sure what to do here. I'm assuming the smell is some sort of build up of water sitting somewhere, but I've literally no idea, i'm grasping at straws. Also don't really want to fork out £110 potentially to fix a washing machine, less than a year old, that cost £250 new. Any advice?