My washer leaks when I use the hot water. I use cold water for both the wash and rinse cycles. I turned the hot water off at the faucet. This prevents the water from leaking out the water hose in the back. Can I safely use it this way? Or, is there a bigger problem that I haven't noticed yet? The machine is a Kenmore top loader and is approx. 15 years old. Thank you in advance.

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    the washer leaks, or the hose leaks? Hoses are easily replaced if that's the issue. But, in general, you don't actually need to use hot water very often with laundry.
    – DA01
    Aug 22, 2014 at 16:09
  • As long as you set the washer to just use cold water, this should work fine. I have a washer at home that will detect lack of pressure on an input and show an error code, but only if the washer tries to draw water out of that line.
    – DoxyLover
    Aug 22, 2014 at 18:10
  • Just make it stop leaking Jan 14, 2017 at 21:58

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It's fine to wash without hot water. Just set the setting on the machine for cold wash so it doesn't try an use hot water.

  • Some washers have a Cold setting that is slightly tempered with Hot, and a pure Cold.
    – DJohnM
    Aug 22, 2014 at 23:56
  • Is it a problem to have the washer calling for either hot or cold, and, I assume, powering a solenoid to do so, if the the relevant water supply is turned off?
    – DJohnM
    Aug 23, 2014 at 0:01

Assuming both hoses are the same age, you should probably inspect/replace the cold water hose. It would be a shame to come home to a flooded house because the cold water side failed while you were not home.

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