Current imbalance can occur for a variety of reasons – high-resistance connection, low loading, dissimilar cable sizes, transformer anomalies, winding failures, and voltage imbalance, to name a few. Due to the variety of causes, current imbalance is a good burglar alarm, but further investigation and root cause analysis is necessary to get to the source. One rule of thumb to help when you're troubleshooting a motor with a high current imbalance is that for every 1 percent voltage imbalance you can estimate approximately 7 percent current imbalance.

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