How To Replace AO Smith Motor Parts - Overview

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This guide provides an overview of the A.O. Smith motor parts that you can replace on the electrical end of your motor. This picture shows the electrical parts with the electrical cover off. Instructions for replacing each of these parts are referenced after the part description.

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Step 1

VIEWS PARTS - This picture identifies the replaceable electrical parts on a common A.O. Smith motor. Not all the A.O Smith motors will have all these parts but they are common to most of their motors. 

Step 2

CAPACITOR - This Capacitor, referred to as a Start Capacitor, is tied directly to the Start Winding. This Capacitor together with the Start Windings provides an increase of 150 -175 % of torque to the motor shaft during its initial startup. When the motor reaches 2/3 to 3/4 full speed after a few seconds of operation, the start circuit will shut off. The start capacitor will generally be rated at 50-400 MFD and 125 or 250 VAC. If your motor won't start and hums when you try to turn it on, you probably have a bad Start Capacitor.  For instruction on replacing this part see our guide on "How To Replace a Pool Pump Capacitor".

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STATIONARY SWITCH - The Stationary Switch or Start Switch is commonly shaped as a V with contacts at the point of the V. When the motor is at rest, the contacts are pushed together by the Governor and the start circuit is closed ready to give the motor an extra boost to get started. If the contact points don't line up correctly, you may have to replace them. For instructions on replacing this part see our guide on "How To Replace the Start Switch on an AO Smith Motor".


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GOVERNOR - The governor controls the opening and closing of the start switch. When the motor is off, springs on the arm of the governor cause the arm to come in contact with the bottom of the start switch causing the two contact points on the switch to come together and close the start winding circuit. When the motor is turned on, the rotational force of the shaft causes the weights on the ends of the governor to spin out. When that rotational force is greater than the force of the springs, the arm on the governor drops down and the contacts on the switch separate and disconnect the start capacitor circuit. With age, the governor will sometimes stick open so that when the motor shuts off, the start circuit will remain open and the motor will not restart. For instructions on replacing the Governor see our guide on "How To Replace the Governor on an AO Smith Motor"

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TERMINAL BOARD - The Terminal Board provides contact points to connect wires your outside power source to the motor. If this Board is damaged you may have to replace it. For instructions on replacing the Terminal Board see our guide on "How To Replace the Terminal Board on an AO Smith Motor".

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Step 6

TERMINAL OVERLOAD PROTECTOR - The Thermal Overload Protector helps keep the motor from overheating. When the motor amperage exceeds max amps, the motor will overheat, and the Overload will shut the motor off until it cools. If the motor keeps cycling on and off, you either have a defective Overload or some other problem with the motor. To replace the Thermal Overload Protector see our guide on "How To Replace the Thermal Overload Protector on an AO Smith Motor".

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BEARINGS - With age or water damage the bearings in your motor may become worn or damaged to the point where start to screech. With the right tools, you can replace these bearings yourself. For replacement instructions see our guides on "How To Replace the Bearings in a Pool Pump Motor - Part I" and "How To Replace the Bearings in a Pool Pump Motor - Part II".

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COOLING FAN - A cooling fan is attached to the shaft of the motor to help cool the motor during operation. The fan is mounted just behind the front motor bearing. Occasionally the blades of the fan will be damaged and will need to be replaced. For instructions on replacing this fan see our guide on "How To Replace the Cooling Fan on an AO Smith Motor" (In process).

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 Posted: 10/10/2020 

We are looking for a direct replacement for our TEEL #3P686 water pump (Grainger 2009c), using an A.O. Smith motor #C48K2EC15 (1 HP; 0.75KW, 115/230V; 60Hz). Replacement motor: Dayton #1D189 (using a flange that mates with the Teel #3P686 pump assembly). Are you familiar with this motor and/or do you have a replacement?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/22/2020  Latest

The C48K2EC15 cross-references to the Century 1.0 HP Square Flange 48Y Up Rate Motor - USQ1102
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 Posted: 10/8/2020 

I need to replace the fan on an ao smith pump motor. Do you have instructions or a schematic of the motor and fan? Thank you.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/19/2020  Latest

What is the part, model, or catalog number on your motor's label? A picture of the motor label would be most helpful.
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 Posted: 10/19/2020  Latest

Thanks Matt, I found someone who could do the job better than I could. It was done on a matter of a couple of hours. Regards.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/19/2020  Latest

That's cool; the important part is that the job got done. 
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 Posted: 8/27/2020 

Have you developed the procedure to replace the cooling fan on an AO Smith motor. My fan has a crack on the hub and the armature shaft is rusty. I know I'll have to remove the rust as step one.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 8/27/2020 

We do not have a guide on that just yet, but that is on our ever-growing list of content. We hope to produce these guides in the offseason.
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 Posted: 8/2/2020 

Hi after a replacement fan for my A O smith motor 1081/1563 and struggling to find one
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 8/21/2020 

The 1081/1563 notes the type of motor it is, but it does not identify that specific motor. We would need the motor's part, catalog, or model number.
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 Posted: 7/29/2020 

J'ai un moteur A.O.Smith Cat:P140 Serial:BY03-27 Part: 8 -186406 -40 FR:Y184JM HP. 5 RPM:3450 Volts 230 AMPs: 20 Je voudrais avoir le condensateur run .Quelqu'un pourrais me dire le numéro de cette pièces et ou je pourrais le trouvé ou combien ca prend de mega farad Merci
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 9/1/2020 

I had to use google translate, but I think you are looking for a run capacitor.  I tried searching for that motor part number bu nothing cross-references to it. Can you provide me the microfarad rating on the capacitor's shell?
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 Posted: 6/21/2020 

Hi, I need to replace the AO smith electric motor MOD JE1E0228N/ HC27CB118. Is that avalibale
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 9/2/2020 

Is this for a pool pump? The format of those numbers do not match the part, catalog, or model numbers of a 1081 type.
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 Posted: 3/14/2020 

I need replacement bearings for my century centurion B2853, where can I find them?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 3/16/2020 

Hello - the B853 Century Motor uses two of the 203 Bearing
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 Posted: 1/1/2020 

Hello. I have a Pentair #177452 2.0 HP motor that needs both bearings. Can you tell me the part numbers, price and if you have any in stock? thanks.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 1/2/2020 

Hello Robert - Your motor would require two 6203 bearings. Click Here to view the pricing and part number.
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 Posted: 11/16/2019 

Hello. I have an a.o smith motor model c48a95a06 and was wondering what bearings it takes and if you have them? Thanks
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 11/18/2019 

Your motor model uses two of the bearing part number 5270-31
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 Posted: 11/5/2019 

Hi, Hi there.. I have a 2 speed motor by AO Smith - part 7-k56aa13a04-05. Which capacitor(s) would I need for this one?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 11/5/2019 

Your Tri-Star motor requires the Run Capacitor, 30 MFD (5VR0303) (2444)
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 Posted: 8/11/2019 

I have a 2 HP AO Smith motor on my pool pump. The motors part number is O-193987-24, SN30510CH. What bearings do I need?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 8/14/2019 

That motor requires one 304 Ntn-6304-ll (6304) and one 203 (62032rs).
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 Posted: 7/17/2019 

Does the 1hp and 1.5hp motor take same capacitor? I need a capacitor for a 1hp so Smith motor
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/18/2019 

It most likely does, but we need to identify the motor model or part number to figure out which capacitor it takes. For an example of these numbers, look at any of the previous comments.
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 Posted: 7/10/2019 

I have a A.O. Smith 2-speed ac motor model: SV2074 / s/n: S56B06A01 I need a new terminal board assembly #631547-002 Please help me locate one... Butch
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/11/2019 

That part number is not listed in our system, our distributor's or even Google. I don't think that is a valid number any longer.
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 Posted: 5/23/2019 

WHERE CAN I BUY A START "V" SWITCH ???
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/23/2019 

Hello Francisco - What is the catalog or part number of your motor?
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Anonymous  Posted: 5/3/2019 

I need to replace a Jacuzzi tub A.O.Smith motor. S# = S8B83A15 SER= 2C97 Type = S RPM = 3450 SF =115 PH = 1 A=10.6 SFA HZ= 60 AMB= 40C FR= 56Z Code= L INS= B* TIME = SPL. HSG + OPEN Thermally protected Type A..... Any cahnce you could help with a replacement?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/3/2019 

Is there a 4 between the S and the 8 of the model number?
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 Posted: 5/2/2019 

Hi I’m looking for a motor and pump my hot tub. It’s 1.5 hp part # 7-186022-03 type CXSM volts 115 amps 13.8/3.8 serial CB05-10 . Hope this info helps!
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/3/2019 

Hello Michelle - The replacement motor would be part number BN50V1.
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 Posted: 3/16/2019 

Does the AO Smith SP1510Z1XBC motor have replaceable brushes?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 3/18/2019 

Jay - there are no brushes listed as replaceable parts on this motor's schematic sheet.
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 Posted: 3/11/2019 

Looking for A.O smith ac motor C48A01A19
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 3/12/2019 

Hello Marco - Unfortunately, we do not carry that motor.
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 Posted: 2/21/2019 

I have an ao smith pump motor and not sure what the model number is. The frame says p56y. It’s a single phase 1 hp motor. Part says 0-193985-04 and serial is 24811ch type cx. Not sure what bearing to get to replace mine.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 2/27/2019 

Hello Unsure - Your part number, 0-193985-04, cross-references to model B2853. That motor would require two 6203 bearings.
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