This technique is a simple method to release a stuck Power / Cancel button on the Maytag / Whirlpool premium front load washers that have a chrome housing ring - type of button.
Identify your washer type. The Power / Cancel button may differ with different models. This was my model tag.
On my unit the model number tag was found by opening the washing machine door.
The power button contains a gray colored round button actuator in a chrome housing. The words "Power - Cancel" (solid dot between words) are printed above the button
Apparently the stuck button was actually caused by the chrome housing/ring being pressed in too far at the bottom or otherwise misaligned. This was not a problem with the actuator itself as I first thought.
The simple fix here was to take a metal pick (or other thin but firm tool) and carefully get under the chrome housing (ring) at the bottom and wedge it up or slightly forward.
To my surprise there was a slight click/pop that indicated the housing ring was released.
Plug the washing machine back into the power source and lightly touch the Power / Cancel button actuator.
My advice to avoid this in the future is to more carefully "touch" the center of the gray actuator with minimal force rather then "mash" the whole button during use.