I bought and moved into a house last April and the owner left their washing machine. It's a Hotpoint one, and fairly decent, but it has an intermittent fault where the machine thinks the door is not locked so pauses the cycle. Annoying but not the end of the world, but on top of that, it is all gunked up, probably due to using fabric conditioner concentrate and liquid washing detergent. Either way, cleaning doesn't get rid of all the gunk, nor does cleaning tablets etc etc Long story short, it will cost £100+ to fix the door lock issue and for a new seal round the drum. I don't know how old the machine is, how gunked up it is inside etc, so rather than spend £100 and extend it's life by a while, I thought I would just buy a new one. Ideally looking to spend less than £300 if I can, but will spend more if it is worth it. Any recommendations? Also, is washing powder better than liquid detergent for avoiding gunk? What about fabric conditioner? Thanks!