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, 2019 at 19:05
  • @jsotola Correct, and your comment needs to posted as an answer. You'll get credit for it if you do. Jun 13, 2019 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, 2019 at 22:16

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The hot and cold water enters what amounts to a mixing manifold inside the washing machine. When cold water flows into the manifold, the pressure inside the manifold is necessarily higher than ambient pressure. Since both the hot water electromagnetic valve as well as the feed hose are now open, they allow water to flow out of the manifold. You should remove the hose from the washing machine and plug the hose attachment nipple using a flat screw-on plug cap with a sealing washer inside. It's possibly cheaper than butchering a hose to fashion a plug.

  • I like this answer the best but to offer another alternative... use a garden hose "Y" to split the incoming cold line to feed both the hot and cold supply connections on the washer. Nov 25, 2020 at 22:51

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.


The same thing would happen on a faucet

if you did the same thing -- leave the hot pipe dangling then set the faucet to "Warm".

Any position other than 100% hot or 100% cold involves mixing both hot and cold. That means hot and cold are connected both to the washer inlet at the same time. Water follows all paths in proportion to its conductance (1/resistance). It's easy to go backwards out the connected "hot" inlet. So it does. Washing machines don't have check valves to prevent this, why would they need that?

Stop using "Warm" settings on the washer.

And done.

Use only "Cold" setting, so it isn't opening both cold and hot at once.

"Hot" would also avoid opening both valves at once, but the washer won't fill if you do.

When you think about it, asking the washer for "Warm" when you know hot isn't even connected doesn't make much sense.

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