It’s quite the puzzling thing to see steam leaking from your oven after cooking. Condensation gathers inside the cooker, as well as between the glass panels of the door. Both integrated and freestanding ovens can have condensation drips from time to time. Don’t worry though, as it is quite normal and doesn’t necessarily mean the unit is faulty. It can happen in many cases:

  • If you have an oven that’s several years old
  • If you just recently bought a new unit
  • After you’ve replaced the door seal
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Causes for dripping oven condensation

  • Newer oven models have very good energy efficiency and insulation. This means moisture remains mainly inside the oven during the cooking process and doesn’t get blown out, like with older models. What this also means is less water is needed for the preparation of roasts.
  • Convection (fan assisted) ovens are designed to incorporate steam into the cooking process. The air is constantly being circulated inside and steam is being recycled. This makes the food crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Using steam in this way reduces both cooking time and energy consumption.
  • A lot of moisture is released when frozen food is heated up.

Condensation degree depends on a lot of factors, some of which are:

  • Type of food – some food ingredients contain more water than others. Chicken is one such example. Frozen foods, as already mentioned, contain huge amounts of water. Condensation is perfectly normal in this case and may even develop inside the oven door.
  • Shape and size of oven cavity – it does matter how large the cavity is in relation to the oven’s output. When you cover your food with a microwave cling film you minimise condensation. However, always check the package for any instructions as some brands might have a set temperature limit before starting to melt.
  • Do you wipe the oven interior after cooking? – after it cools down, wipe away the moisture to prevent any potential rust formation.

Solutions to steam leaking from oven

  • Defrost food before cooking.
  • Don’t add extra water when preparing food.
  • After the end of the preparation process, open the oven door.
  • Remove the food from the oven cavity and let it cool down near an open window. If it cools down inside, condensation will most likely build up.
  • Pre-heat, if possible. Sadly not all ovens have this option, so if you have it, use it. If you place cold food as it is, you can bet there will be plenty of condensation.
  • Wipe off the condensation after each cooking.
  • Use a pan with a lid. This utensil is most handy for cooking liquid dishes as it will prevent moisture from condensing on the door.
  • If you have water dripping down while the oven door is shut, this would probably mean your door seal needs to be replaced.

Hire Fantastic Professionals

If you still experience troubles, you can contact Fantastic Services, have a technician take a look and repair your oven. It’s quite possible there might be a problem that you are not aware of. We don’t want to sound too salesy, but a clean oven always works much better than a dirty one. We would advise you to book an oven cleaning as well, for that reason.

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  • Always defrost food before starting the cooking process
  • Do not add extra water while cooking
  • Always wipe the condensation away after the meal is done
  • Never leave your food to cool down inside the oven
  • The door seal might need replacing if there’s moisture dripping on the floor while cooking


Do you have condensation in your oven? Let us know in the comment section, so we can start a discussion.

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  • Last update: April 14, 2020

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