Periodically clean the interiors of the machine with water, baking soda (half cup) and white vinegar (3 cups). Run the machine without load after filling water with the above substances. All residues and deposits formed inside will be removed. If necessary consult the company representative about the preventive maintenance. In the case of new machines make use of the free maintenance service offered by the manufacturers. Remember the adage "prevention is better than cure".
Most of us hardly give a second thought to our clean clothes. We toss in the dirty laundry, transfer the damp pile into the dryer, take out the clean pile of clothes, and do it all over again. We expect our washing machine to keep cranking away. But after the amount of neglect the washers receive, at some point they come to the crossroads: repair or retirement. Thankfully, there is a ton of repair and replacement options open to us.