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.
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.
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.