Just over a year ago, I purchased an AO Smith 2-speed 2 HP motor (SQS1202R) to replace the old single speed motor for my Anthony bronze centrifugal pool pump. I attached the motor to my Goldline Aqua Plus automation system and everything was fine until I noticed that the pump was not working last week. At first I thought one of the relays in the Aqua Plus system had failed, but then I noticed that the starting capacitor in the motor had blown. However, after replacing the starting capacitor, the motor still would not start. No humming or anything, despite the fact that power was coming into the motor. I could not detect any power going to the capacitor. I took it in to an AO Smith service center and they said that the end bell was broken (I don't understand what this means) and the motor could not be repaired. I believe part of the problem was that I repeatedly turned the motor on and off for short bursts every time I backwashed, which I usually do about six times during the five-month period that my pool is open. I can see how that could blow the capacitor, but I'm a little surprised that it caused irreparable damage to the motor. I have purchased a replacement motor and will be sure not to cycle it on and off, but I will also be picking up my old motor to get a better look at it. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I did that with my old single speed motor all the time and it's probably close to 30 years old.