hayward vs AO Smith motor


New member
Sep 24, 2015
Anyone know the better of these two motors? I purchased the Hayward ( SP1610X15m) about three years ago. Now it has stopped working (second replacement) first one last about 3 years as well. So, now I am frustrated. I only use it a 5 months a years. So that is very little use on these motors.
Are the AO Smith motors any different?
Is there a replacement I can use and still keep the same pump and housing? I really do not want to re-plum another filter..



TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 3, 2007
Pleasanton, CA
Welcome to the forum!

Hayward does not make their own pump motors (nor does Pentair or Jandy). That is just a rebadged AO Smith motor.

Yes, you can just replace the motor with any compatible motor. What maters is the motor frame (56J) and the THP (1.5).