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The shut off valve/pipe for the hot water leaks and has to be replaced. I disconnected at the valve the hot water hose for the washing machine because just using cold/cold still tried to access the hot water line causing it to still leak because of, I'm assuming, a vacuum situation. The hose end is now in a bucket next to the machine because water still leaks from the end of the disconnected hose for some reason when I try to wash a cold/cold load. Why is water coming from a disconnected hose? I tried disconnecting it only from the back of the machine, but it just leaks on the floor from the connection port so a bucket is the only solution for now. BTW, the machine is over 30 years old and still working fine.

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    the hot valve is opening ... that allows water to flow through the cold hose, through the cold valve, backwards through the hot valve, through the hot hose and into the bucket ..... the cold/cold is using hot water for some reason .... leave the hose attached to the tap or put one of those garden switch off valves on the end of the hose ... kk.org/cooltools/files/2016/04/shut-off.jpg – jsotola Jun 13 at 19:05
  • @jsotola Correct, and your comment needs to posted as an answer. You'll get credit for it if you do. – Mike Waters Jun 13 at 20:59
  • On most washing machines I have used, "cold" doesn't mean "use only the cold water valve". Most machines use a little bit of hot water mixed in even on the "cold" setting to make sure the water isn't "too cold", such as it might be during the winter. Years ago my mother had a machine with a temperature setting named "tap cold" which would actually open only the cold water. – Moshe Katz Jun 13 at 22:16
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Washing machines don't just use hot only or cold only; they often mix the two. When this happens, the pressure inside the valves will push some of the water out the hot connection.

How to fix this? Buy a short, cheap, flexible hose, cut it in half, fold over the end, and hold it down with a zip tie. Then screw the end into the washing machine. Should be close enough for government work.

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