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I will be short on usable indoor space for a while, but want to be able to wash clothes on site.

Are there any issues with putting a washer (and perhaps, a dryer) outdoors?

Perhaps it needs to be protected from the rain. Would an EZ-UP style canopy be sufficient?

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If you don't protect these appliances and the power feeds from rain don't expect them to work for long. If excessive moisture gets into the control panel, especially on newer electronic controlled units, they will fail.

Would you leave your computer outdoors? Also remember the dryer is a 240VAC, 30amp unit and can light up your world if the the frame becomes hot, since I'm sure you don't plan on having GFIC protection on these units.

If you really have to use these outside, keep them covered well and unplugged when not in use, and keep the source power cords safe too.

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You probably need to get them off of the ground as well. A wooden pallet or platform should work. – KeithB Dec 5 '10 at 15:06

I have a friend who has a washer and dryer on his screened-in porch. He's mentioned that he's had his clothes frozen solid in the washer before, and the pipes have frozen on him as well. If you live in a cold climate, that could be a major factor.

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Good point... I didn't think about freezing temps. – ChrisP Dec 4 '10 at 17:28
We don't get much freezing around here, but I'll keep it in mind. – Jay Bazuzi Dec 4 '10 at 23:27

As long as you protect it and all the electrical cords from the elements, I don't see problem with a washer being outdoors. Where do you plan to drain the soapy water? It's a lot of water and would make a huge mess if it isn't attached to a proper drain.

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"Laundry to Landscape" - oasisdesign.net/greywater/laundry – Jay Bazuzi Dec 4 '10 at 23:28

Be sure to check the warranty details too. Some manufacturers have strict requirements on the operating conditions of their equipment.

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I was thinking I get an old unit off Craigslist, since it will probably age faster outdoors. – Jay Bazuzi Dec 4 '10 at 23:28

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