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Water leaking into washer

Water keeps filling when washer is not in use. Sometimes its a lot of water, and at times there is none.

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Is the drain plumbed into a spigot on the sink trap? if so this may be the source of water coming in when appliance not in use.
take the drain hose as high as possible in a swan neck under the sink and see if this cures it.
other possibility is a leaking inlet water valve but would expect fault then not to be intermittant

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