Dead Grass Around A/C

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Old 08-22-15, 08:38 AM
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Dead Grass Around A/C

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I have a very similar problem. Grass is dying around my central AC. Grass is dead approx 2 feet from the unit. Very little information is available on the web. I am the home owner so I am positive no herbicide is in play.

The AC unit is an older Luxaire unit. Can the refrigerant, if leaking kill the grass? I recently has a 35 uF 370VAC capacitor replaced after the previous capacitor had a catastrophic failure.
 

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Old 08-22-15, 09:40 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Can the refrigerant, if leaking kill the grass?
Not in a perfect pattern like in that picture. Refrigerant escapes as a gas.
 
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You said you had a cap recently replaced. Are you sure the contractor didn't spray?
 
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That's total vegitation killer.
You never want anything growing around the A/C or lines.
 
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Old 08-22-15, 01:58 PM
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Please post a picture of the area. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...rt-images.html
 
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I replaced the cap myself. Not very difficult to do. After a conversation with a buddy he thought maybe while the cooling fan was disabled by the bad capacitor that the heat from the unit killed off he grass?? umm, make some sense. Any thoughts?Name:  IMG_0041-2.jpg
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Old 08-23-15, 12:30 PM
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Can't tell from the picture. Maybe lack of water killed the grass.
 
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It literally died within 48 hours of capacitor failing. Rest of lawn is pretty darn good looking, if I don't say so.

Admittedly a weird situation. Thanks for your input but I am going with the theory that while the cooling fan was not working the AC unit heated up enough to damage the surrounding lawn.

Thanks for you interest.
 
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Old 08-24-15, 09:12 PM
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I am going with the theory that while the cooling fan was not working the AC unit heated up enough to damage the surrounding lawn.
I can agree with that. Can you imagine how hot the compressor got.
 
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